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The Folly of the Cross

April 9, 2015
Paul's Dialectical Teaching The Folly of the Cross Thursday, April 9, 2015 Another dialectic that Paul presents is the perennial conflict of conservative and liberal. In his day, his own people, the Jews, became the stand-in for pious, law-abiding conservatives; the Greeks became his metaphor for intellectuals, cultural critics, and what we would call...
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Introducing St. Paul: Weekly Summary

April 4, 2015
Introducing St. Paul Summary: Sunday, March 29-Friday, April 3, 2015 Paul tries to bring Jesus’ teaching down to a practical, ethical, pastoral level, so that it can “happen.” (Sunday) Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road is the source of his immense inner authority and most of his themes. (Monday) Paul is forever the critic...
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Jesus: The Jewish Teacher: Weekly Summary

March 7, 2015
Jesus: The Jewish Teacher Summary: Sunday, March 1-Friday, March 6, 2015 Jesus, the self-revelation of God, made honest I-Thou relationship between God and humans imaginable! (Sunday) What God does in biblical history (and wants to do in our own lives) is lead people beyond the idea of a bilateral covenant in which we must earn, deserve, and merit...
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From Total Power to Mutuality

March 1, 2015
Jesus: The Jewish Teacher From Total Power to Mutuality Sunday, March 1, 2015 Most humans feel that God’s love and attention must be earned, and then they deeply resent that very process. (I know no other way to explain the passive and even passive-aggressive nature of many mainline Christians.) In my experience, people spend more time fearing God...
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Changing Sides

February 26, 2015
Hebrew Scriptures: Preferential Option for the Poor Changing Sides Thursday, February 26, 2015 God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. —1 Corinthians 1:27 NLT In all honesty, once it was on top and fully part of the...
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The Bible: A Text in Travail Weekly Summary

February 14, 2015
The Bible: A Text in Travail Summary: Sunday, February 8-Friday, February 13, 2015 The Bible doesn’t just give you the conclusions (which is what we want), but it does reveal some basic patterns of Divine Intrusion in to the world and thus creates a tangent for history. (Sunday) Looking at which Scripture passages Jesus emphasizes shows he...
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Connecting the Right Dots

February 12, 2015
The Bible: A Text in Travail Connecting the Right Dots Thursday, February 12, 2015 The Bible in its totality, from Genesis to Revelation, mirrors the development of human consciousness, with its usual pattern of progression and regression. At the beginning is the Law, which the Hebrew people called the Torah, or the five books of Moses. Several of...
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Finding the Golden Thread

February 11, 2015
The Bible: A Text in Travail Finding the Golden Thread Wednesday, February 11, 2015 The Bible is an anthology of many books. We Christians believe they are inspired; that is, we trust that the Spirit was guiding the listening and writing of the Bible, even though, like all things human, “through a glass darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). If we allow...
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How Jesus Used Scripture

February 9, 2015
The Bible: A Text in Travail How Jesus Used Scripture Monday, February 9, 2015 Looking at which Scripture passages Jesus emphasizes (remember, the Hebrew Bible is his only Bible!) shows he clearly understands how to connect the “three steps forward” dots that confirm the God he has met, knows, loves, and trusts. At the same time, Jesus ignores or...
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Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

February 8, 2015
The Bible: A Text in Travail Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back Sunday, February 8, 2015 Truth is eternal. Our knowledge of it is changeable. It is disastrous when you confuse the two. — Madeleine L’Engle This week we begin exploring the second element in my “Wisdom Lineage,” the Hebrew Scriptures, especially through the unique lens of the...
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