Category Archives: Bible

I’m With Stupid

August 7, 2016     Message delivered at Durham Friends Meeting You’d think that someone standing up to bring a message would talk about something he knew. Wouldn’t you? That would be reasonable. But this morning I want to talk … Continue reading

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The Greatest Commandment

May 24, 2016 As an anchor in my understanding of what God is asking of me, I turn often to the Bible passage often known as The Greatest Commandment. It’s told in three of the Gospels. Here’s the version from … Continue reading

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Why Was the Bible Written — And Why So Late?

November 19, 2015 Why was the Bible written? The Bible itself tells us very little. I don’t recollect any verse in which Jesus says to a disciple, “Simon, will you take notes today, you know, for the record?” When I … Continue reading

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Spong: Reading the Bible With Jewish Eyes

November 15, 2015 This summer, Ellen, Robbie and I heard John Shelby Spong preach at All Saints-By-The-Sea, a chapel on Southport Island in Maine. It was a riveting message in which Spong sketched the changing views on when Jesus is … Continue reading

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Why It Matters How We Read the Bible

November 9, 2015 “We want to clarify for everybody that this is not a homosexuality issue for us, this is an authority of scripture/interpretation of scripture/orthodoxy issue for us.” That’s what Anthem Friends Church said last week as they withdrew … Continue reading

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Sources of Authority in the Present

November 2, 2015 “Welcome to the battlefield,” writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times yesterday. That sentence concludes a piece in which he responds to a letter sent to the Times by a sizable group of Catholic scholars, and … Continue reading

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What Bible Is She Reading?

September 8, 2015 What Bible is she reading? Or how is she reading her Bible? So long as Kim Davis is occupying so much of the news cycle for her refusal to issue (or allow to be issued) marriage licenses … Continue reading

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