Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013
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Adding to the Bible: Reflections on 1 John 5:7-8

December 9, 2013

The King James Version of 1 John 5:7-8 reads: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. Nowhere […]

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Recent posts elsewhere

December 5, 2013

Over on Patheos, I reviewed John Andrew Morrow’s “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.” It’s an interesting book about the textual basis for a peaceful and inclusive form of Islam. My review generated a lengthy discussion in the comments section with someone who’s passionate in his anti-Islamic beliefs. This […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

Wayne Thiebaud, Pies, Pies, Pies, 1961, Oil on can­vas, 20 in. x 30 in.

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Does Jesus want you to shop at Radio Shack?

November 26, 2013

My latest piece on Patheos: The American Family Association wants Christians to boycott Radio Shack. But WWJD?  

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Meting out help for helpmeet

November 21, 2013

This badly misguided comment crossed my computer monitor yesterday: “GOD made women to be a helpmeet for Man, the Bible says. What is a Help Meet. It is a Proper assistant – A Second in command.” Helpmeet isn’t a real word — or at least it shouldn’t be a real word. It’s essentially a mistake, […]

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Putting Words in Paul’s Mouth: “Women: Shut Up!”

November 18, 2013

1 Corinthians 14.34-35 reads: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Here Paul […]

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Purgatory at Patheos

November 18, 2013

I’ve been posting a bit more frequently over at the Unfundamentalist Christians Patheos Blog. Most of my posts there are also cross-posted here, but my latest piece on Purgatory: Why would Catholics and Protestants argue over this? is only on Patheos. So…head on over there and check it out!

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Biblicism Gone Wild

November 6, 2013

One of the hallmarks of evangelicalism is its emphasis on the Bible as the final authority regarding spiritual truths. Evangelicals hold the Bible in high regard, looking to it as God’s definitive revelation to humanity and the essential guide for Christian life. And while there is much to be commended about such an understanding, pushing […]

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Lucifer, the devil and me

November 5, 2013

I was going to do a nice write-up for Halloween about Lucifer as a name for the devil, especially in relation to Isaiah 14.12. But the more I dug into the topic, the more shadowy the truth behind it all became. To put it simply, there are more lies and half-truths about Satan floating around […]

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