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Laughing at Jesus

“And they laughed at him.” They laughed at Jesus. The girl was dead, and they knew it. And they also knew what dead meant: dead means dead. But Jesus had other ideas. The dad had told her: she’s dead. But the man also confessed: lay your hand on her, and she will live. With that, […]

Christian Hypocrisy

Christian Hypocrisy?

I don’t think deeply about the question of hypocrisy, but it fleets across my mind on a regular basis. Especially when we’re talking about religious hypocrisy, and that of my own tribe, Christian hypocrisy. It gnaws at the corners of my thoughts while I’m reading a book by an author, especially a Christian author, who […]

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Did Temple Prostitution Exist?

What was the sexual climate of the first century Mediterranean, and how does that help us to understand what the New Testament is talking about? That’s a question that runs right through the middle of many conversations about sexuality in the church, and about homosexuality in the church in particular. One line of argument is […]