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Jesus is Ultimate

Bible As Final Authority? “Christians don’t believe in the Bible. Christians believe in Jesus.” I still remember when Ralph Wood dropped that bomb on a room of starry eyed freshmen and sophomores at Wake Forest University. I remember the vigorous conversations that ensued. How uncomfortable it made me. I think that the story of my […]

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Paris & Peace

Last night as I listened to the BBC coverage of the terror attacks in Paris I understood, again, how difficult it is to be a people of peace. No multi-national agreement or good will is going to stop the kind of butchery we heard of last night. People who are willing to kill, and who […]

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Healthy Theology: Loving Neighbor

Last week, I started musing a bit on how we might achieve theological health. Riffing off the following from Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?, I suggested that our starting point might be asking the question, “How do we best love God?”: …theology that produces bad behavior loses its claim to be giving faithful stage […]

Salt of the Earth

“If you salt the water, you won’t taste the salt. But if you don’t, you’ll know something’s not quite right.” Sage advice about pasta water from Mr. Richard, one of my friendly cooking gurus. It’s the same with the bread we baked up today. If we’d salted it, it wouldn’t have been salty bread, it […]

Matthew, Jesus, and Law

I had a professor friend who used to say (maybe he still does) that every controversy of the first couple centuries of the church’s life was over the (dis)continuity of the Old Testament and the life/faith of the church. We see on the pages of the New Testament that questions about circumcision, food laws, and […]