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Reading the Bible – part 14

March 17, 2020

Today, is the last in the series, Reading the Bible, for the time being, and we’re thinking about when forever isn’t forever. Many Christians believe hell is a place of eternal torment. The Greek word, aionios, is translated in our New Testament as “everlasting” and “eternal,” but it can also mean a very long time.…

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Reading the Bible – part 13

March 10, 2020

Today, I am continuing the series on, Reading the Bible and thinking about servant leadership. Jesus’ said, “For I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27). Humility wasn’t highly valued at this time in history, so taking the role of a servant was seen as shameful. The disciples were well aware of how…

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Reading the Bible – part 12

February 18, 2020

Today, I am continuing the series on, Reading the Bible. At the moment I’m looking at the lissue of lying, truth-telling and gossip. I know Christians who have told lies to enhance their reputation, to dupe people out of finances, and to gain employment. The fact that I know means these people were all found…

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Reading the Bible – part 11

February 11, 2020

Today, I am continuing the series on, Reading the Bible. My last post in this series was about cultural lies. This one is about confronting people, perhaps over their dishonesty. When is it right to confront people over their sin? We’re fallen people, living in a fallen world, and even committed Christians sometimes act badly.…

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Reading the Bible – part 10

February 4, 2020

Today, I am continuing the series on, Reading the Bible. I’ve had a break from these posts for a while, but I have a few more random thoughts that I’d like to share. The next few are about different aspects of truth-telling and lies. How do we take our commitment to truth seriously in situations…

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Reading the Bible – part 9

December 3, 2019

Today, I am continuing the series on, Reading the Bible. This post looks at truth telling and confidentiality. During World War II many Christians hid Jews. In order to do so, they were required to engage in deceptions regarding identity papers and ration books, as well as blatant lies to protect the lives of innocent people. Would…

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