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Thoughts on “separation from love”

Here’s an additional thought on what, upon reflection, is a peculiar statement in Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or … Continue reading

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Thinking about the Mahabharata

I have been thinking about the Mahabharata. Not because I am an expert. I finally acquired the new-ish huge-for-an-abridgement English translation of this epic sacred text by John D. Smith, but haven’t read it. I have read the Bhagavad-Gita, but … Continue reading

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The Gita is not the “Hindu Bible”

One of the pitfalls of the “world religions approach” is students’ understandable tendency to want to fit everything into a paradigm they already know. Understandable, because the approach itself developed on the foundation of 19th century scholars’ and colonialists’ efforts … Continue reading

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Points of Reference

My grandparents were refugees. From China, technically, because they had left Russia in 1929. They lived in Harbin for two years or so, before they managed to be part of a small group that received a waiver from the US … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (3)

Chapter 3 of Christian Doctrine focuses on the doctrine of “general revelation” – the idea that God is or can be known “by the light of nature and the works of creation” (Westminster Confession, 1.1). Guthrie presents the following summary … Continue reading

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Maybe Not So Little

An article showed up in my Flipboard feed yesterday, “Little Things Can Make an Atheist.” I read it, because I was curious to see what the “little things” were. It struck me that the “little things” the author referred to … Continue reading

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3rd Sunday in Advent

The conversation in what we loosely call our “Sunday School class” this morning, after a sermon that challenged people to think about “who Jesus is for you,” started out on the physical ailments and progressive losses associated with aging, and … Continue reading

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