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Oct
22

Book Review: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity

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For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. By Irving Greenberg Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2014. 274 pp. $18.00     A conversation with an Orthodox Jewish friend led me to purchase and read Irving Greenberg’s collection of essays on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. She said…
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Oct
20

4 Reasons to Speak the Gospel to One Another

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The reformer Martin Luther – a preacher of the gospel and no stranger to a fight – once said that knowing the gospel and teaching the gospel is so necessary for discipleship that we must beat it continually into our heads[1] (he had a fierce way with his metaphors). Luther knew this gospel-beating was needed…
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Jul
02

Thinking Through Ministry and This Strange Thing Called Growth

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Back in 1988, Kent Hughes, then an emerging pastor, was part of planting a new church. All the signs were positive. The mother church endorsed the project, and Kent was an up-and-coming star. The community was strategically targeted, and a solid core was part of the initial foundation. As he put it, “We had everything…
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Jun
30

Redeemed for Life

Man's hand sorting through manuscripts.

In my previous two blog posts on the sacred/secular divide, I’ve been using the terms sacred and secular but have not stopped to define what I mean by them. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sacred means a: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity and b: devoted exclusively to one…
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Jun
27

Ghost, Demon, or Hallucination: Did Samuel Return from the Dead?

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Teaching through the Bible yearly as a Biblical Literature prof at Western Seminary has given me the opportunity to interact with many challenging interpretive questions. One that still puzzles me is the account of Samuel’s posthumous appearance before Saul and the witch of En-dor (1 Samuel 28:8-14). Saul was facing a critical battle with the…
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