Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Mt 5:9 I prayed for lots of things yesterday. Including a decisive presidential win. But I went to bed late and woke up early to the same undecided states. There will be no quick victory. Only more waiting. I feel like my kids […]

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1 in 5 Churches Will Close

“They’re recognizing that the relationships they thought were much deeper with people were actually not as deep as they expected,” Kinnaman of the Barna Group — NPR Interview. The pandemic shutdown emptied church buildings and propelled ministers into Technology 101. I learned how to stream and develop new ways to connect beyond in-person. As a […]

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Trust

Yesterday was Columbus Day. But really it was a reminder that our nation is in constant argument. The earliest history lesson I remember on Columbus portrayed him as a bumbling explorer. He did not realize where the ship landed, and so he called the indigenous people “Indians” — assuming he was in the East Indies. […]

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Merchant or Canaanite?

“there will no longer be a Canaanite or merchant in the house of the Lord.” — Zechariah 14:21 The final verse of Zechariah leaves the translator with an interpretive dilemma. The act of translating is never an exact science. Words have multiple meanings in every language. So the translator becomes the reader’s first step of […]

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Q Who?

In new testament studies there’s a proposed lost gospel. As you know the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are very similar. It has been theorized that Mark, the shortest, was used as a guide by Luke and Matthew. Yet there are sections of Matthew and Luke, not included in Mark, that are nearly […]

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