Monthly Archives: January 2012

Allison-The Sermon on the Mount, Divorce

I am continuing to read and ponder Dale Allison’s book, The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus’ prohibition of divorce in the Sermon on the Mount is difficult and controversial. I haven’t heard the Red Letter Christians pushing this one too … Continue reading

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Remembering the Holocaust

Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  I have been pastor to some of the WW II vets who liberated the camps.  I have seen the photos they took and heard their stories.  It does raise questions about God for Christians … Continue reading

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Levenson-Birth order and a note about wine

I am reading Jon Levenson’s The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son. Levenson is Jewish. So, if you are used to Christian studies of the Bible, you may have some disorientation reading him. At least, I do. But that … Continue reading

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Allison-The Sermon on the Mount, Lust

I am continuing in Dale Allison’s The Sermon on the Mount. After speaking about anger and the sixth commandment, Jesus moves on to the seventh: you shall not commit adultery. Just as Jesus equated anger with murder, here he equates … Continue reading

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Allison-The Sermon on the Mount, Anger

In Matthew 5:22 we get introduced to the reason many have said that the Sermon on the Mount pushes an impossible standard. Jesus says that anyone who is angry with his brother falls into danger of judgment. Some old texts … Continue reading

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Levenson-Child sacrifice transformed

I am a firstborn son. As such I was supposed to inherit the ranch (an old-fashioned, patriarchal idea, I know). But when I was born with collapsed lungs, my grandmother said that she offered me to God’s service if only I … Continue reading

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A fantastic Epiphany performance

Well, we are getting close to a month from Christmas.  It is still the season of Epiphany, which celebrates the disclosure of Christ to the non-Jewish world in the persons of the Magi or wise men.  In ordinary speech an … Continue reading

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