Category Archives: Notes

Waking Up to the Moment

I’m starting out the theological year by reading Awake to the Moment: An Introduction to Theology.1 This book has sat reproachfully on the “read me” shelf almost since it came out in 2016, while other preoccupations kept pushing it aside, … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Daniel 3)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, January 14 is Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28 – but the story being told occupies all of Daniel 3. It’s the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace, and it’s the third … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Daniel 1 8-21)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, January 7 is Daniel 1:8-21. This is the first in a series of four texts from the book of Daniel that are coming up in future Sundays. Here are my notes on the text: … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Ephesians 4 1-16)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, December 31, is Ephesians 4:1-16. Here are my notes on the text: Context: we usually think of the book of Ephesians as a letter, and it has some of the typical forms of a … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (19)

Here are my summary notes for Shirley C. Guthrie, Jr., Christian Doctrine, Chapter 19, “What’s Going to Happen to Us? The Doctrine of the Christian Hope for the Future,” which is also (just in time for Christmas) the final chapter … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Matthew 2 1-12)

The text we’re studying this week is Matthew 2:1-12 – “the story of the wise men.” It is one of those texts that we think we already know. In fact, some of us might think we know it so well … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (18)

These are my summary notes [and comments] on Chapter 18 of Shirley W. Guthrie, Jr.’s Christian Doctrine, “Living or Dead? The Doctrine of the Church”: Guthrie begins by observing how much people complain about the church. He agrees the church … Continue reading

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