The Difference Between Fact and Truth

We need to understand the difference between fact and truth if we are going to understand our Bible. To illustrate the difference, here is a fun example, if you will indulge me. One day a hare was bragging about how fast he could run. He bragged and bragged and even laughed at the tortoise, who…

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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…

Climbing Trees

This week's gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary comes from Luke 19. Those of us with the unique pleasure of attending a Vacation Bible School will immediately start singing the song. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!" Geez! Can you imagine if Zacchaeus was around to hear this song?…

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…