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Fourth Sunday of Easter

[A sermon on Jonah 1, the Uniform Series text for the day.] What is going on in this little story of the prophet Jonah, son of Amittai, the worst prophet in the history of the world? Right? A prophet who … Continue reading

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Personal Knowledge

This seems so basic that it’s one of those things “everybody knows” – and yet, sometimes I’m taken by surprise by things “everybody knows.” When we know someone, or are getting to know someone, presumably there are things we can … Continue reading

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A Brief, Wry Comment on Incarnation

It’s great, but it has its down side. Here’s an example. Nevertheless, as a hermeneutical principle, “the positives exceed the negatives.”

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Over the River and Through the Woods

Psalms 120-134 are each labeled “a song of ascents.” I learned, somewhere, that the “ascent” in question was the trip from anywhere to Jerusalem, which is up in the hill country, during the pilgrimage festivals (Tabernacles, Passover, and Pentecost). But … Continue reading

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Thoughts on God’s Will

Friends of mine have invoked the theme of God’s will to condemn the demonstrations that have occurred in the past several days in the wake of the recent election. I don’t know that they have Calvin’s doctrine of providence in … Continue reading

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On Not Knowing What You Don’t Know

There are a lot of things I used to be, and one of them was a political science major. Even then, I was not really that interested in electoral politics. The kind of politics I was then and have always … Continue reading

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