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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Who Was Responsible for the Death of Jesus? READ Matthew 27:1-26 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, […]

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Police Blotter Update

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I haven’t been updating my local police blotter for a while. So, here are some recent highlights . . . . May 19 10800 block of Highway 87, Comfort, 7:24 p.m., A caller reported that someone ran through his fence. […]

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Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed: Section 4

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Part 18 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve put up three posts on recent changes in the exegesis exam of the Presbyterian Church (USA). […]

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Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed: Section 3

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Part 17 of series: Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two blog posts I have commented on recent changes in the exegesis exam of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In a […]

Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed: Section 2

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Part 16 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began commenting on recent changes in the exegesis exam of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For the first […]

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Blog to Bring You a Special Report: Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed

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Part 15 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I just became aware of a couple of major changes in exegesis exams of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I […]

Where Do We Go From Here? Section 1

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Part 14 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series on The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited I have argued that we […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Faithfulness in Small Things READ Matthew 25:14-30 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate […]

Chet Edwards: Potential Vice-President and Poster Child for Denominationalism in America

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As my regular readers know, I don’t tend to do serious blogging on Saturdays. But today I do want to put up something that is vaguely related to my recent series on the PCUSA and denominations. I’ve been watching with […]

What’s Good About Denominations? Revisited

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Part 14 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Two years ago, in the aftermath of the debacle of the 2006 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, […]

Vacation Fun at the Beach

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I just got back from vacation. As is my tradition, I’ll put up some photos. In a day or two I’ll get back to more substantial blogging. Our vacation began with a few days in the Sierra Nevada mountains of […]

Recommending Another Outstanding Album

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Today I want to recommend another outstanding album. This one is for children (or children at heart), and it’s a real winner. First, a little background. If you’re a Christian parent with children under 12, or if you work with […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Who Is My Audience? READ Matthew 23:1-12 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.” Matthew 23:5 Jewish men in the […]

Recommending an Outstanding Worship Album

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One of the many things I loved about Irvine Presbyterian Church was the diversity of our worship. Two of our Sunday morning services featured a wonderful choir with music in a more traditional vein, as well as more contemporary praise […]

A Fantastic Hike

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Though I’m still on vacation, I just returned to civilization from several days camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. One of the highlights of this trip was a fantastic hike to Dinkey Lakes. It was the first time […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Hiding in the Den of Thieves READ Matthew 21:12-13 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” Matthew 21:13 As Jesus entered […]

What’s Good About Denominations?

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I’m away on a camping vacation for the next few days, with uncertain Internet access. So I’ll point you to a series I did a couple of years ago called: What’s Good About Denominations? Along with some help from my […]

Is the PCUSA My Church?

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Part 13 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series The recent focus of this blog series has been the biblical and theological issues associated with the ordination of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Gracious Landowner READ Matthew 20:1-16 “When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage.” Matthew 20:9 Jesus did not tell the story of the generous landowner to comment on the validity of human pay […]

More Laity Lodge Photos

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Some more photos from recent Laity Lodge retreats . . . . Earl Palmer, Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, holds forth in the Great Hall. A soft-shelled turtle and some giant catfish in the Frio River at […]

Laity Lodge Photos

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Here are a couple of fun photos from recent Laity Lodge retreats. A flower arrangement made by my daughter at our of our art workshops. Yours truly with J.I. Packer and Steven Purcell, the Director of Laity Lodge.  Dr. Packer […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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