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Does God Bless America (Only)?

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Matt Skinner. Article written by Matt Skinner.

It’s fine for Americans to express pride in America, to pray for America, and -- especially -- to work to make it a better, more just society. But no one should presume that God holds America in special regard, or that God plays favorites when it comes to the nations of the world.

Wherever they come from, assumptions about America enjoying a privileged place in God’s purposes have

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What Happened at Pentecost? - Eric D. Barreto

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Matt Skinner. Article written by Eric Barreto.

Pieter Breugel, Tower of Babel (1563)

Wouldn’t life be easier if we were all the same? If we all spoke the same language, wouldn’t we avoid so many of the conflicts and rifts that destroy our relationships? If we all shared a common culture, wouldn’t we all be much better off?

Where We’ve Gone Astray

Too often, Christians have hoped for a time when our differences would cease, when in Christ we would all

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Was Jesus a Threat to the Roman Empire? - Mary Hinkle Shore

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Mary Hinkle Shore. Article written by Mary Hinkle Shore.

Quentin Massys, Ecce Homo, 1530.Jesus was a small-town peasant in a Roman province far from the centers of political and religious power. People in such circumstances rarely threatened Rome in any serious way. A miracle-working Jewish prophet and teacher would not have posed much of a conventional threat to such power and brutality. For his own part, Jesus never took up arms, nor did he encourage his followers to do

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Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross? - Fred Gaiser

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Yellow Christ, Paul GauguinPodcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Fred Gaiser.Article written by Fred Gaiser.      

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34). Jesus was not the first to pray this prayer, nor was he the last. But when we hear this terrible outburst on the lips of Jesus, echoing the opening words of Psalm 22, we might be confused: Was not Jesus truly God? Was not Jesus "of one Being with the Father," as we confess in the Nicene Creed? So, how could God forsake

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Was Jesus Married? - Sarah Henrich

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Sarah Henrich. Article written by Sarah Henrich. 

Was Jesus married -- and why do we care?

Papyrus fragment front. Karen L. King 2012.In the wake of the recent publication of a small (1.5-inch x 3-inch) piece of a Coptic (an ancient language of Egyptian Christians) manuscript, we suddenly have "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" along with speculation about Jesus' marital status and the presumption that the Church -- that mythical, monolithic entity -- is suppressing the whole truth.

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What is heaven like? - Gracia Grindal

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Gracia Grindal. Article written by Gracia Grindal. 

What is heaven like? While I believe firmly in heaven, and I use the images of Revelation frequently in my hymns, what heaven will actually be like is beyond my imagination. If it has strained the poetic gifts and talents of two great poets, Dante and John Milton, who base their poetry on Scripture, it will be beyond my limited abilities to describe.

Yet a closer look at how John Milton

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Does Sabbath Still Matter? - Diane Jacobson

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Kathryn Schifferdecker and Diane Jacobson.
Article written by Diane Jacobson.

"Symmetry" by g_walter via Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Does Sabbath still matter? Many folks would say no.

Keeping the Sabbath seems kind of lightweight compared to killing, idolatry, adultery, and theft. Many think that keeping the Sabbath is mainly about going to church on Sunday (or synagogue on Friday or Saturday), and that such a practice ought not be considered crucial. But Sabbath is not just another activity. Sabbath is, in fact,

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Is God violent? - Richard Nysse

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Kathryn Schifferdecker and Richard Nysse.
Article written by Richard Nysse.

"The Last Judgement" by MichelangeloGod's association with war in the Old Testament has long been a disturbing problem for Christians. [1] The problem becomes even more intense when we observe that God is called a "warrior." Admittedly, there have been disastrous Christian appropriations of the theme (e.g., the Crusades). It has been, to state it plainly, both troubling to consciences and a source of sin for Christians.

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