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Dec032017

1. Jesus and the Self

Jesus expressed what appear to be totally contradictory ideas concerning every human individual. On the one hand, he proclaimed that every one of us is of infinite value to God, and that we should feel that way about ourselves as well. Of children he said, “Let the little ones come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” “You are the light of the world,” he told us. You and I: we are the light of the world. Of the least likely among us, Jesus said, “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge me my generosity?” There is no one whom Jesus considered to be ultimately lost, no one who was “beyond the pale.” Everyone was infinitely precious to him.

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Sunday
Nov122017

For Older Americans Who Are Getting Older

Americans are getting older. Of course everybody is getting older, even newborns. However, by means of advancements in medical care, nutrition, and physical activity, many millions of Americans are going to make it into old age, whether they like it or not. Are we thinking about that? Are we consciously and conscientiously preparing for it? Or shall we just let it happen, come what may, with little or no thought given to it and what it might portend?

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Sunday
Oct222017

The Coarsening of American Culture

American culture is in decline. Anyone who does not recognize that is probably not yet old enough to observe the decline. The rest of us can certainly see it if we dare to look.

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Sunday
Oct152017

John 3:16 & 17: Who is "Him"?

What was so distinctive about Christianity that it succeeded where the others failed? Here is a distillation of the basic concept that set Christianity apart from other western religions in its early centuries, and it was also distinguished from Judaism by this idea. The early Church came to teach that Jesus of Nazareth was the human incarnation of the one and only God there ever was, ever is, or ever shall be. That God is the God who revealed Himself to the Jews, but He became divinely incarnate in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Sunday
Oct082017

Hastening the Death of "The Lost Cause"

To refer to The Lost Cause in glowing, romanticized terms is to imagine that the Civil War was primarily an attempt by the Confederacy to perpetuate traditional agrarian southern culture. That meant an imagined chivalric code, a fierce spirit of independence, an abiding aversion to a strong federal government, and above all, the maintenance of what had been known for generations as “the peculiar institution.” The peculiar institution, of course, was slavery.

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