Category Archives: Notes

Exegetical Exercise (Genesis 14 1-14)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, September 10 is Genesis 17:1-14, with the whole chapter as background. Here are my [very few] exegetical notes: Background: Abram enters the Genesis narrative in chapter 12, with YHWH saying to Abram to leave … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Genesis 8 20-22, 9 8-17)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, September 3, is Genesis 8:20-22, 9:8-17. Here are a few notes on that text: The book: We are back to Genesis, the Torah; probably the form we have now reflects layers of stories from … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Acts 10 19-33)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, August 27 (last Sunday of the Summer quarter) is Acts 10:19-33, a smaller piece of the longer narrative of Cornelius’ and Cornelius’ household’s acceptance into the Christian community, featuring Peter’s vision of the thing … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (16)

Here are my summary notes on Chapter 16 of Christian Doctrine1, “Are You a Christian? The Doctrine of Justification”: Guthrie introduces the topic with possible answers to someone’s question “Are you a Christian?” What do you say? That you go … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Acts 9 10-19)

The Uniform Series passage for Sunday, August 20 is Acts 9:10-19, the last part of the episode of Paul (Saul’s) dramatic conversion experience (or, “conversion” experience, if we follow the new scholarship on Paul, which I do, that holds that … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (15)

Summary notes on Christian Doctrine1 Chapter 15, “What’s New? The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit”: Moving on to the next paragraph in the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” The identity of the Holy Spirit is one issue. … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Acts 8 26-40)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, August 13 is Acts 8:26-40. These are my notes on the text: This is an amazing text from a literary point of view; and there are a lot of ideas packed into this text-as-literature. … Continue reading

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