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John Newton: Degrees in Glory

John Newton: Degrees in Glory

Background: My brother, knowing my love for all things hymnology, got me a volume of the Letters of John Newton for my birthday this year. It’s less about the origin of hymns such as “Amazing Grace” and more about the amazing grace that made up a part of his day-to-day thought and discussion. In this […]

Spiritual Abuse Files: The untold story of Grace On a Snake!

Spiritual Abuse Files: The untold story of Grace On a Snake!

(Starring Samuel L. Jackson as the aptly named Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Film) In the Roman world of Jesus’ time, there were many moral problems.  There were famines, wars, diseases.  There was harsh poverty and decadent luxury. There was political corruption, intrigue, abuse of authority.  There was embezzlement, treason, armed insurgents who plotted to overthrow the government.  There […]

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Yes, there is such a parable in the original. The first several times I didn’t realize what it was about; Jesus insists on framing the question in a way that invalidates most of our categories of discussing the issue. I’ve taken the liberty of writing my own paraphrase, with a few hopefully not-entirely-unwarranted interpolations and […]