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EssayTheology

Believing the Bible: John Calvin

Some in the hyper-literalist camp may not care what Luther says about the bible; they're more interested in having John Calvin on their side. But Calvin's view of scripture is fascinating, in part because he follows Luther rather closely. Like Luther, Calvin's approach to scripture…
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March 1, 2019
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The Women Mystics in a Wrath Obsessed World

My spiritual formation students are reading The Thirst of God: Contemplating God's love with Three Women Mystics by Wendy Farley. The book explores the life and faith of Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Julian of Norwich. Our conversation as been rich, both serious and…
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February 22, 2019
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A Few More Grains of Sand

Yesterday, during a NW Iowa blizzard, a friend and I went out for a beer. Sitting in the warm glow of sports television we talked about "stuff". Not just any stuff, but heavy stuff we usually discuss over cigarettes and cheap cigars, but the driving…
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February 8, 2019
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An Ode to Losing (Why Instant Replay is Dumb)

With unadulterated joy, I watched as a pass by Drew Brees fell into the arms of a defender. This was matched by the elation of watching a 57 yard field goal sail through the uprights in overtime, sending the New Orleans Saints to a crushing…
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January 25, 2019
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The Emerald Temple and the Image of God

I spent this afternoon on a train with a gazillion other people in the heart of Bangkok. My big body and beard made me seem like Sasquatch standing in the midst of the Thai people. Last week, while traveling in Laos, little kids couldn't help…
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January 11, 2019
EssayPoliticsTheology

Letting Go of the Greater Good

All of the lectionary readings for Advent were blatantly political. Maybe a better way to put it is they were all anti-establishment. Every text was imbedded within a chapter that begins with a reference to the powerful. Luke 21 begins, "He looked up and saw…
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December 28, 2018
EssayTheology

The Francis Option

I'll admit, I got duped into signing up for Audible a few months back. I always sign up for promotions and then forget to cancel. A few weeks ago I discovered I had accumulated "credits", so I purchased a lecture series on the life and…
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December 14, 2018
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The Small Space

Christianity can falsely be made so severe that human nature must revolt against it in order to cast it or thrust it away. But Christianity can also be made so lenient or flavored with sweetness that all attempts to perk up the appetite and give…
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November 23, 2018
EssayPolitics

Post Election Blues

This past week I took my son and daughter to see Gary Clark Jr., a blues guitarist from Austin Texas. The timing was fitting, it was the day after the election. There I was, in Omaha, NE, listening to the blues. I'm not sure how…
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November 9, 2018