Category Archives: Seasonal

 year-end reflection after about six years of blogging

What interests me is the foundations of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  The claim that the God the Israelites called YHWH revealed himself to them and made them his people draws me to the Hebrew Scriptures.  The claim that this God further … Continue reading

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Mead-the mother of meaning

Each year around Christmas it has become my habit to read something from Walter Russell Mead’s Yule Blog. Mead usually writes about politics, especially geopolitics. But he is a Christian. And each year he reflects about the meaning of Christmas. … Continue reading

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More on David

I wrapped up my consideration of Joel Baden’s The Historical David.  But I am still thinking about David’s career.  One way of thinking about David is that the Bible uses him as a bad example and as part of the … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter-2016

For unto us a child is born. . . Isaiah 9:6 (and Handel’s Messiah) 2016 news from the Corders Children and grandchildren: Connor turned 8 in August.  This year he has taken up gymnastics, and he is getting better all … Continue reading

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The Jeremiah option

In retirement I have come to count on preaching on Memorial Day Sunday and Labor Day Sunday. Settled pastors don’t want to preach then. They may take a vacation day to be with their families. Members of the congregation often … Continue reading

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Life after life after death

I don’t go all the way with N. T. Wright on the New Perspective on Paul or on the category of Empire being as significant as he thinks it is. But he does have some great turns of phrase. One … Continue reading

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Neil Elliott inspires my sideways Holy Week reflection

Even though I have a busy week of Holy Week services and preparation for leading worship on Sunday, I had to spend some time in a medical waiting room where I read another article on the Paul-within-Judaism perspective from the anthology, … Continue reading

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