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Saying No to a Ring of Power

“All this stuff is mainly concerned with Fall, Mortality, and the Machine.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, describing his book, the Silmarillion. I am about to do a very dangerous thing. I am going to recommend a TV show I haven’t yet seen. You see, Amazon is spending about a billion dollars on a TV series telling… Continue Reading →

Text for the Week: Love does not Dishonor

1 Corinthians 7:32-38 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord, but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman and the… Continue Reading →

Text for the Week: on Being Puffed Up

1 Corinthians 4:6-9 I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us what “Not beyond what is written” means, so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What… Continue Reading →

Focusing on the World

One thing I have been concerned about recently is the number of people who are talking about being unlike the world. I understand that scripture tells us to be separate from the world and to live lives that are different from those around us. There is a frequent refrain within the New Testament of being… Continue Reading →

Text for the Week: Love Does Not Burn with Envy

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 And so, brothers and sisters,a I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the… Continue Reading →

What is at Stake in Our View of David

In my last post (here) I wrote a brief exegesis of 2 Samuel 11:2-5 in response to a debate circling about the nature of David’s relationship with Bathsheba. In this post I want to tackle why I think so many are upset by those identifying this incident as rape. I should say there are a… Continue Reading →

What was David’s Sin?

Warning: this week I am taking on what I consider to be a sensitive issue which requires discussing assault. Recently I have seen a controversy brewing on Twitter around the nature of David’s sin with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. There are any number of people who are extremely upset about the idea that some… Continue Reading →

Text for the Week: Kindness Leads to Repentance

Romans 2:1-11  Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others, for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth. Do you imagine, whoever you are, that… Continue Reading →

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