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Rules: What’s the Point?

Rules: What’s the Point?

Awhile back, my class at church went through the book of Luke. At the beginning of Chapter 6, two stories are presented about Jesus and the Sabbath. Working on the Sabbath In the first story, some of Jesus’ followers were hungry, so they picked some grain and ate it....
Jesus, Rules, and the Heart of the Matter

Jesus, Rules, and the Heart of the Matter

Rules are an important part of any well-functioning society. We follow rules every day. For example, when driving, we follow the rules of the road. We can’t steal things that aren’t ours, or punch someone in the face. There are consequences if you break a rule. For...
The Sabbath Was Made For Us

The Sabbath Was Made For Us

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus clashes with the Pharisees and other religious teachers. One big point of contention was that Jesus didn’t follow all the religious rules the Jewish people thought were important. This caused all sorts of problems for the Pharisees and...
Rules vs. Love

Rules vs. Love

I was at church listening to a sermon this past weekend, and the pastor was talking about alcohol, and why it was wrong to get drunk. I wasn’t connecting with the talk, even though I agreed with a lot of points the pastor was making (e.g., the dangers of drunk...
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