Monthly Archives: April 2020

Barclay-now that I am reading the book

Three years ago I was writing about John Barclay’s book, Paul and the Gift. Well, actually, I was using some of his YouTube lectures, because the book was so expensive. Now the price of the book has come down. I … Continue reading

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A Good Friday/Easter reflection on the promise of paradise

On this Good Friday, and with a quarantined Easter coming, I offer some thoughts about the so-called “thief on the cross” and Jesus’ statement to him “Today you shall be with me in paradise.” This story comes from Luke 23:39-43. … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and debt in a time of plague

When I read The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son by Jon Levenson, I saw that the ancient Hebrews probably felt that human sacrifice as practiced in other cultures in the Ancient Near East was religiously appropriate, but never … Continue reading

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Covid-19, corona virus, aka bat flu and the presence of God in Psalm 91

In November, with my mother’s death impending, we decided not to take our usual mid-winter vacation to Florida. Instead, we booked and paid for a resort week at the end of March. We had no idea. The drive along Interstate … Continue reading

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