Don’t Skip to Salvation: A Lenten Warning

I picked up a Lenten Bible study off the couch yesterday and opened it up. "We are but dust, but we have a Savior!" That was the first line of the thing. I read a bit more and didn't think much about it. This morning, on Ash Wednesday, we read Jesus' teachings in Matthew 6,…

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Limiting God: A Problematic Reading of John 9:1-3

This is one of my new favorite texts in the Gospels. John does a beautiful job of showing the power of the Christ and the development of the new creation. The healing of the blind beggar is another powerful reminder that the work of Jesus removes all barriers from around all people, bringing them all…

Sin and the Man Born Blind

Sin. Man, that is a nasty looking word. I could barely type it before loads of baggage started tumbling out from my past. We often think of sin as performing morally evil actions, such as lying or taking that extra cookie from the jar without our grandmother noticing (though I just learned the other day that…

Christian Perfection

I recently read a blog entry by Rachel Held Evans on the woman caught in adultery. Read it. It is good. But it got me thinking: Jesus told the woman to "sin no more." Did he say that with the hopes that she might actually avoid sin for the remainder of her earthly life? I am…