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Wrestling With the Bible: God Is Not Nice

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I like to think of God as nice. Nice as in helping out with some extra wine at a wedding when the host’s supply runs out. Nice as in “Suffer little children . . . to come unto me.” Nice as in forgiving everybody’s sins, Jacob’s, David’s, an adulteress’s, mine. But . . .

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Wrestling with the Bible: A Leper I Admire

Accepting a gift isn’t easy for me, whether the gift be one of love, friendship or healing. For me, pride gets in the way.

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Wrestling with the Bible: Does (Can?) God Do Miracles?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Does (can?) God do miracles? I wonder. Mostly I kind of doubt it. I’ve never witnessed a miracle personally, though I’ve asked for enough of them, large and small, over the years. The Bible is full of miracle stories, of course. In the synagogue at Capernaum, just for starters, Jesus is [...]

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The Talking Pew: Jesus the Tax Collector? The Mighty General?

By The Talking Pew Caesar Augustus believes himself to be a powerful man. And maybe he is. He has ordered that the “entire world” be registered and taxed, and he’s got the armies of soldiers and legions of tax collectors to make that happen. Meanwhile, some folks with very little power indeed – shepherds who [...]

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GodsBigBlog: Love God . . . OK, but How?

The first and greatest commandment, says Jesus, is to love God. But how do we do that?

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