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The Parable of The Prick and The Scum Bag

Jesus didn’t like everybody.  The man so often equated with peace and love got annoyed with people.  He famously chased a gaggle of businessmen out of the Jerusalem temple.  He compared pharisaic lawyers to a den of poisonous snakes.  On more than a few occasions, he described his own disciples as dim-witted.  And to the […]

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Trusting The Miracle

I’ve been wondering what to do with myself lately.  Perhaps it’s because I turned sixty a few months ago.  Perhaps it’s because I had a heart attack shortly afterwards.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve never held a job longer than seven years, and I’m approaching that now.  Perhaps it’s because I still don’t know what I […]

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Be Like Water

“The best man is like water.  Water is good: it benefits all things and does not compete with them.”  -Lao Tzu[i] I teach a course on the New Testament, and my goal this week was to finish the Gospel of Mark.  I figured we’d talk about Mark’s somber portrayal of dim-witted disciples and a suffering […]

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