Monthly Archives: November 2011

Black Friday, John Ruskin, and God

So on Black Friday people broke out their credit cards to buy things that stores were selling below cost. Now people are deeper in debt. The stores may not have made money. But we are supposed see this as hopeful … Continue reading

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Advent–Isaiah 40:1-11

Many churches use a schedule of scripture readings called a lectionary.  Every Sunday and holiday has its set readings from the Hebrew Bible and Psalms, and from the New Testament’s gospels and epistles.  For clergy, the value is in being … Continue reading

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Soulen–Hallowed Be Thy Name

Jesus followed the Jewish practice of never pronouncing the divine name. Thus the Lord’s Prayer has as its first prayer: “Hallowed be thy name.” Jesus did not pray: “Hallowed be YHWH.” Kendall Soulen, in The Divine Name(s) and the Holy … Continue reading

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Soulen–the Trinity in the New Testament

I have made a little progress in Kendall Soulen’s The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity. I appreciate his chapters on the New Testament testimony to the Trinity because it answers some questions raised in my own church. My denomination … Continue reading

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Blue Bloods and a Personal Note

My read through Kendall Soulen’s The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity has been slower than I expected. I think I mentioned in one post that since I started this blog my wife was diagnosed with cancer. We went through major surgery … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Plight of the Introverted

I am adding a new link, Introverted Church.  Adam S. McHugh is one of the few people talking about this.  I test as an INTP on the Myers/Briggs spectrum of personality types.  Extraversion often gets more highly valued in the church.  Introverted … Continue reading

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Topography of Religion

USA Today has this interactive map of the US.  It shows the religious affiliation of people in each state (actually only the lower 48).  I have been playing around with it.  Just put your cursor over a state. I notice … Continue reading

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