Category Archives: Bible

Why I Am Becoming More Christian

What could cause a human being, previously a worshipper of the unitary, monotheistic I AM, to write this: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live … Continue reading

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Why I Didn’t, Don’t, Didn’t Like the Bible

Here is a dull sentence. Its purpose is to ensure that this post does not begin with a cheesy hook. Why would you immerse yourself in stories about a nomadic Middle Eastern culture that morphed through various political alliances before … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 4

If Matthew 25:14-30 is a simple narrative about the world, what makes it a parable? In  a parable, one thing stands in for another. It seems to me, offhand, that in all parables, the Man With Resources is a stand-in … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 2

Techno-serf #3 lies on a potholed street in the industrial park. No heartbeat, no bleeding. One night in 1987, I was driving from Cambridge into Somerville, at least I was trying to. To my right, in the passenger seat, was … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 1

I’m hoping that this sentence is sufficiently dull. I want to make sure that my blog does not fall into the trap of beginning each post with a cheesy hook. You know: draw the reader in by beginning in medias … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 2

The use of the emphatic pronoun αυτοϛ is as if a 65-year-old man met his 38-year-old daughter in a neighborhood of Leominster, Masssachusetts, and stood on the sidewalk with her, considering a house. “Very nice,” he said, “Very pleasant-looking house. … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-tahss) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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Endings

There’s abandoned farm equipment in the woods near me. Rusted, curving blade-plates menace behind axles half sunk in the mud, a trailer lists on flat tires, a tractor cab, door-off-hinges, reveals a still-gleaming steering wheel and torn upholstery. I always … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 5

OK. It’s you. You’re up. You’re going to tell someone what’s important, to you, about Jesus walking on the sea. In case it’s helpful, here’s a summary: Jesus told the disciples to go ahead. They obeyed, and trouble came up. … Continue reading

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Walking on the Sea, part 3

Peter, forgetting everything, stands up and shouts — No – it’s me, it’s you, isn’t it? Peter tells Jesus what to say: Tell me to come to you. Jesus replies: Come. Peter steps onto the water. It’s an act of … Continue reading

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