Monthly Archives: January 2011

Self-help is No-help

The central story of the Bible is one of reconciliation.  Through the fall of mankind, we are alienated from ourselves, our fellow humans, and from God.  through Jesus we can live in relationship with God, other people, and ourselves in the … Continue reading

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The First Martyr

I can not imagine a stone hitting me and breaking a bone.  I can not imagine being concussed from boulders.  I can not imagine the pain of dying from stoning.  However, Stephen believed in the risen Jesus so passionately and … Continue reading

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Stephen

When Stephen was accused of bringing the Temple and Moses into disrepute he did a number of things worth noting.  He argued from the scriptures and he argued for Moses and against ‘sacred space’.  Stephen pointed out that God was worshiped … Continue reading

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The Power of Administration

The disciples were getting caught up administrating all the gifts that were coming in.  Their passion was teaching and spreading the news about Jesus’ death and miraculous resurrection.  However, someone needed to distribute the supplies that the early church had … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience

Romans 13 tells us to respect the authorities that God has placed over us, and we should.  However, what happens when governing authorities falsely accuse or enforce immorality.  In this case we will have to engage in civil disobedience.  The … Continue reading

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Getting Away With It

Some people think that the Old Testament is pretty gruesome, but that God lightens up a bit in the New Testament.  He doesn’t really.  On the way to Armageddon, at the end of the New Testament, we have Ananias and … Continue reading

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Enlightened Response to Difficulties

The Enlightenment is that period starting in the 18th century when reason ascended as the primary way to deal with our problems.  It arose as a reaction to the superstition and fear of the Middle Ages.  Much to its detriment … Continue reading

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