And if God is For Us…The Last 30 Days at the Arndts

The great Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann begins his magisterial Theology of the Old Testament by making the simple, yet stunningly profound claim: that Israel’s faith does not begin with metaphysical claims about the deity they worship, but rather it begins with a remembrance of how that God was “for…

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Christian Music worth listening to//”The Brilliance”

All right, this post is both a confession and a shameless, unabashed plug for a couple bros. For the most part, I stopped listening to Christian music a really long time ago.  Most of it, IMO, was cliche and uninteresting to me.  It got worse when it came to “worship…

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The end of evil

We picked up our series in the Sermon on the Mount last night at Bloom with one of the most difficult and controversial passages in all of the teaching of Jesus: Matthew 5:38-48: 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But…

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Book Review: “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”

I first encountered the name Dietrich Bonhoeffer when I was in high school.  Our teacher, Jim Martin, made us read passages out of Bonhoeffer for a class we were taking.  Like most things in high school, I didn’t take it all that seriously.  Cursory glances into the famous Cost of…

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