Taking Small Steps in My Understanding of Healing

Healing of all kinds—spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and relational—is certainly one of the central themes of the Bible. (It’s especially emphasized in Isaiah, Deuteronomy, and the Gospels.) I openly confess that this subject has been a confusing area of my walk with God and with the people of God. Not because I have not seen

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Remembering

Memorial Day weekend is always an interesting and somewhat confusing one for me.  I am extremely grateful for the life I am free to live.  I am for witnessing to Jesus’ peace in the world in a manner that is international.  I have a grandson in the military whom I respect very much, and for

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Why Jesus Being Raised From the Dead Matters Theologically

This is the third and final post in a series about the resurrection of Jesus. The claim of the New Testament writers that God raised Jesus from the dead was on my mind in April for several reasons.  The most obvious is that it was “Easter” month; yet “Easter” (apparently named after the sex goddess

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Why Jesus being raised from the dead matters historically

If you are interested in a detailed study of the reasons “Jesus was raised from the dead” can be taken seriously as an ancient historical claim, The Resurrection of Jesus by N. T. Wright is a great resource – all 800+ pages.  Here I just want to summarize a few of the points Wright and

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Why Jesus being raised from the dead matters ethically

All through my decades as a pastor, I have heard some of my dearest friends say “Whether the story of God raising Jesus from the dead is true or not, I would still be a believer.”  This is usually followed either (1) by a statement concerning how much God’s presence means in giving meaning and

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Sons & Daughters Through God’s Annointed One

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am somewhat amazed that so many Christians seem to believe that the big picture message about God raising Jesus from the dead is that it was a huge miracle. Obviously, the miracle isn’t at all “bad news,” but it certainly is not the main thing the New Testament

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The resurrection: more than just miraculous power

I think it is often surprising to people when (if ever) they realize that the main reasons the New Testament writers thought the fact that God raised Jesus from the dead was “good news” was not that it was a great show of miraculous power. Of course, power over death is essential to this being

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No Event is Neutral (& Life is Sometimes Strange)

There is certainly nothing news-worthy about having a terrible cold, like the one I’ve had, nor about the fact that I haven’t updated my weekly blog for a month. Now, if God sneezed, that would be NEWS! As self-centered as I (and the rest of the human race) can be, I do have enough awareness

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Being a servant by being yourself—courageously! (part 2)

Last week, I reflected on a young Israeli slave girl, and the amazing difference in history she made just by being herself—courageously. Today, I want to reflect on a passage that seems to be one of those almost unknown narratives: the story of a young boy who changed history by quickly deciding to be courageous

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