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Balancing the Bible

Balancing the Bible

The Bible is an important book for Christians. For many of us, it provides not only a historical narrative for how God has engaged with humans over the course of history, but also a set of guidelines for making moral and ethical decisions. When I was growing up, I was...
Who is Your ‘Other?’

Who is Your ‘Other?’

One of the most difficult teachings of Jesus for me to follow is to love others, even my enemies. In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said it this way: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love...
Don’t Stop at the Cross

Don’t Stop at the Cross

This week is a special week for those of us in the Christian faith–we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s an interesting juxtaposition–the sadness and despair of Good Friday contrasted with the joy and happiness of Easter Sunday. Both...
Is Christianity Good News or Bad News?

Is Christianity Good News or Bad News?

When Jesus was alive, his message was considered good news. For example, the Gospel of Luke describes one day when Jesus taught in the synagogue. In what could be thought of as his mission statement, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon...
Jesus, Guns, and Jerry Falwell Jr.

Jesus, Guns, and Jerry Falwell Jr.

Last week during a chapel service, the president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr., encouraged Liberty students to arm themselves. Here’s what he said: “If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now… Is it illegal...
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