Category Archives: historical Jesus

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

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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

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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

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Jesus for peace and prosperity

Religion and politics don’t mix. That is wrong, but often spoken. Look at U.S. churches and synagogues, which are largely either red or blue these days. Politics and religion are deeply mixed in reality. And yet, the statement that religion … Continue reading

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Henze-push back and challenges

This post will conclude my reading of Matthias Henze’s Mind the Gap: How Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testaments Help Us Understand Jesus.   One way Henze summarizes his argument is with this acknowledgement …our reading of the … Continue reading

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Henze-the gap between the Old Testament and Jesus

I am beginning to read Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings Between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus by Matthias Henze. (My preferred term is not the Old Testament.  I usually use the term: the Hebrew … Continue reading

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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

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