The Cross that Holds Your Body Together: Hoax or True?

Years ago, members of the congregation sent me an e-mail about Laminin that was making the rounds. Naturally, the first thing I did was to check out Snopes.com in order to look up “Laminin”.  Was this a hoax? Lo and Behold! There I saw a copy of the e-mail several members of the congregation had

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How Do We Understand Holy War?

John Wood wrote, “While the history of war is not the history of humankind, humankind’s history cannot be studied fully without reference to war. And so it is for the Old Testament. We really cannot understand the Old Testament without reference to war.” In the Book of Joshua we really come face to face with

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Are Christians “Picky-Choosy” about which of the Levitical Laws to Obey?

Christians are often accused of being inconsistent when it comes to which rules of the Bible to obey. The argument against Christians goes like this: “Leviticus says not to eat shrimp or lobster (Leviticus 9-12), not to shave ever (Lev 19:27), not to mix two kinds of seeds in the same field or two kinds

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Why Are There So Many Genealogies in the Bible?

The genealogies have never been the best read portions of the Word of God. Even though there are many genealogical lists in the Old Testament, most of us don’t think “Gosh! There are so many of these lists that they must have something important to teach us! There must be SOME reason why they were

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Why Bother Reading the Bible?

Yesterday afternoon at Lunch Bunch, I told the children the story of David and Goliath.  And when I’m telling a Bible Story, I actually tell the Bible’s version — not the cleaned up Sunday School version.  So David’s stone not only hit Goliath in the forehead and knocked him out, but while Goliath was knocked

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Blessed Are the Encouragers!

Have you ever had a friend stand up for you? Have you ever had someone help and support you even before you became friends? Barnabas in the New Testament was that kind of person. He took the time to be kind as a lifestyle — he practiced the ministry of encouragement. In fact, the Bible’s

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Hurricane Preparedness

One of the organizations I belong to, forwarded to me the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season. It encourages the following three preparedness steps: 1) Make an Emergency Go-Bag — Include items such as bottled water, battery powered radios, flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable foods, prescription drugs, and cash. 2) Make a Family

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Hymns and Lessons for The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6-B)

The Processional for this week is: “Open Now, Thy Gates of Beauty” (Those of you who are subscribers to my blog can see and hear the YouTube videos of these hymns by clicking on the title of this blog.) The words to the first verse are” “Open now thy gates of beauty, Zion, let me

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When God Blocks Your Way

There is a fascinating text in Acts 16:6-10 — “Now when [Paul and his travelling companions] had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not

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Delayed Answer to Prayer

From the time I was a little, little child I knew that God has four answers to any prayer: yes, no, wait, and you’ve got to be kidding. But then I got a little older and became familiar with that odd story in Daniel 10:4-21. I have found that this strange story has helped me

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