Category Archives: Church

Allison-morality and the impinging of last things

Dale Allison in Night Comes points out that even in movies and novels today the last things often receive more attention than they do in mainline pulpits. He thinks we are short-changing people by not talking about last things. By … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church, Ethics, historical Jesus | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Heaven as a community of freinds

On Labor Day Sunday I’m often called on to preach so that the official pastor can take time off. So it is again. But this is probably the last time I will preach for a while. The congregations that usually … Continue reading

Posted in Church, historical Jesus | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Jacob’s dream at Bethel

Here is the situation I am in right now. A couple weeks ago I filled in for a pastor who was ill. In the meantime that pastor has very unexpectedly died. So now I am asked to preach again and … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Israel, Bible, Church | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The Lord’s Prayer-issues and beauty

I am preaching this week. Occasionally congregations ask retired preachers to do this. In my case, I don’t encourage it. It still happens. I don’t mind doing it as long as it doesn’t become a long-term commitment. My text will … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church, historical Jesus | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Links about the church joining the resistence and King Tut

This morning I have a couple of links. First, I link to an article by Ian Lovett that originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal, which has a pay wall.  But the article, Politics in the Pews: Anti-Trump Activism is … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Egypt, Church, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Terrien-reformed sexuality

In regard to sexuality there are a lot of options today: binary, non-binary, androgynous, or the endless multiplication of genders.  That Samuel Terrien subtiltles Till the Heart Sings “a biblical theology of manhood and womanhood” means that he is talking … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church, Ethics, Theology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Terrien-women and Jesus

I continue to read Till the Heart Sings by Samuel Terrien, where he develops a theology of openness and celebration of both male and female identity.  Because female value has historically been disparaged more in Christianity, he lifts up the … Continue reading

Posted in Church, historical Jesus, Paul | Tagged , , | Leave a comment