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Jonah’s Enemies: Narrowness & Nationalism

Jonah is one of those Biblical books that can make me squirm.  More than the ‘whale of a tale’ of childhood Bible stories, this parable offers food for thought sometimes tough to digest, not unlike the whale who couldn’t quite swallow this Avoider. Jonah makes us look closer at hints of self-absorption that make me want to […]


Bringing the Resurrection Forward

It’s hard to focus too much on the resurrection. No one understood this better than Paul who preached it throughout his 30-year ministry.  Writing to the Corinthians, he asks:             If Christ hasn’t been raised, then our preaching is useless and your faith is useless… then we deserve to be pitied more than anyone else […]


Lessons from Emmaus: Coming Home to Christ

April is the month parallel to those ancient, world-changing days when Jesus made resurrection appearances. According to Luke’s Gospel, all three occurred before the anticipated Jewish Pentecost festival – held fifty days following Passover. This month’s blogs will focus on this period of Jesus’ life between the resurrection and ascension, and examine those three appearances in the […]

Christ resurrected, 1661. Canvas,oval,80 x 64,5 cm Inv.6471

Thinking About Christ As ‘High Priest’

The term “priest” is one of those Biblical words that seem pretty far from our working mental or verbal vocabulary. After all, when’s the last time anyone had to kill a sheep and carry it to an altar? Yet this is the second blog in a row with a priest at its center, with one […]


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