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Don’t get too attached

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have become legendary as benchmarks for violent depravity and the drastic punishment brought upon them by God. Though…

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They felt it

These poor fellas never got past Saturday. Maybe it was Monday when they were walking back to Emmaus, but they were feeling like it…

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Abide with me

The risen Lord Jesus gave an extraordinary gift to two disciples from his wider acquaintance, to a man named Cleopas and his friend. Without…

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Easter is about/for real events

The most frequently used words in John’s account of Easter morning is . . . “saw” or “looked” (John 20:1-20). Mary saw the stone…

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Easter is about/for real places

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem is believed by most scholars to mark the actual tomb of Jesus. This church was built…

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Easter is about/for real people

Easter is more than a story. It’s history. Because history is about real people, places, and things, which are exactly what we find in…

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Show of force

When tensions rise among nations and their differences are not settled, what can often happen is they resort to a show of force. It…

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Tilting the covenant

For 40-plus years God used ten core laws, peculiar ceremonies, stern warnings, and divine retribution to drag his children through the wilderness and into…

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Unlikely Lenten preachers: Roman soldiers

Foreign soldiers performing garrison duty in a conquered territory that hated them knew to be on their guard at all times. They also quickly…

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Unlikely Lenten preachers: Pontius Pilate

The Romans were justifiably proud of their legal system, elements of which form the backbone of Western law today. It didn’t take the Roman…

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Unlikely Lenten preachers: The Sanhedrin

Trial by a jury of your peers is one of the features of the American justice system of which we are most proud. In…

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Unlikely Lenten preachers: Caiaphas

It’s a basic principle of any legal justice system that people should not be convicted or suffer penalties for the offenses of others. And…