Tag Archives: Biblical Interpretation

Religion, Politics, Gay Marriage: A Reaction

It is a topic as old as civilization itself. The civic and the religious have been intertwined to varying degrees from the time of the city-states of the ancient Near East to the political landscape of the day. Here in … Continue reading

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Why Christians Should Read (and Take Seriously) the Book of Deuteronomy

Neither dogmatic adherence nor complete abandonment does anything to further understanding. Continue reading

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Jesus Before Pilate: Historicity and Anti-Semitism

Without proper perspective, horrible misinterpretations of the text lead to anti-Semitic views that are not only hateful, counterproductive, and counter to the teachings of Jesus, but have no foundation in history. Continue reading

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The Serpent in the Garden: A Closer Look

Whether one takes the story as a literal history of humankind or simply an interesting literary narrative and the product of ancient imagination, the story continually fascinates us in the modern world and its imagery has become instantly recognizable. Continue reading

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Noah: A Review

After weeks of controversy, articles, talking head pundits, and an opinion from (seemingly) every human in the USA, I finally bought my ticket and saw Noah. I want to be clear upfront that I intentionally avoided reviews and articles to … Continue reading

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Editorial: Creation, the Debate, Facebook, and Faith

What a busy time it has been indeed. First, I feel compelled to explain the title. After all, isn’t everything published on a privately run blog an editorial? While that is true, everything I publish here on “From the Desk … Continue reading

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Quote and Context: Finding Deeper Meaning in Scripture

An often-practiced ritual in our culture is the quotation of the Bible verse. Stop and think for a moment: In how many mediums of communications does one see a Bible verse? Bumper stickers on cars, inspiring Facebook messages, warnings posted … Continue reading

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