Category Archives: Bible

What to Make of the Christmas Story

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 26, 2017 We had a lovely Thanksgiving at our house. Robbie is home from Westtown for the week, and Ellen’s Mom is with us for two months. On Thursday, we gathered with family … Continue reading

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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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