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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 18:21-35

The concept of social stability as a primary feature of shalom goes back centuries in the Ancient Near East, long before Abraham. A primary element in a ruler’s customary duty to keep that peace was to declare debt forgiveness at … Continue reading

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Divine Wrath: The Big Picture

This year the US government will borrow more than a trillion dollars. This money isn’t borrowed the way you and I might borrow from a bank or other financier. Government debt has to sold in the form of bonds. That … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 9

Godly Giving 6:1-4 The message here is fairly obvious in most English translations of the New Testament. However, it’s easy to miss some of the flavor and context if you aren’t aware of the background. Matthew chooses the Greek word … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 8

Justice for Enemies 5:43-48 Jesus isn’t really arguing with the Talmudic traditions here. He’s arguing with common Pharisaical behavior. It’s hard to find anything resembling “hate your enemies” except perhaps in the Qumran Scrolls, where the Qumran community taught something … Continue reading

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No Fear, Know the Truth

Preface: To the degree that you, dear Reader, walk with me in faith communion and heart conviction, you’ll have to understand where I’m coming from on things. Some of you are still struggling with this, so let’s review. God is … Continue reading

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Dominion of Divine Wisdom

Jesus told His disciples (Matthew 19:3-9) that, under the Covenant, God tolerated a certain amount of hardening in the heart against the divine moral character. The Mosaic Code on divorce was a practical solution in the context. The best souls … Continue reading

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Spiritual Activism

What sort of activism would you expect from mystics? There would be the obvious determined respect for Creation; most of you would see that right away. I pick up trash virtually every day outside my apartment building. It’s not some … Continue reading

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