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Centering Children: The Hermeneutics of Child Liberation Theology

Originally posted on R.L. Stollar //// Overturning Tables:
Like all liberation theologies, child liberation theology places the subjects of liberation—children—at the center of the hermeneutical process. Child liberation theologians must read biblical narratives with an eye towards children: (1) towards childrens’ roles in any…

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Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot Never Existed: The Author of the Gospel of Mark Created Them (Guest Blog by New Testament Scholar Dennis MacDonald)

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Are Sins Primarily Sins against God?

Originally posted on Jesus Without Baggage:
Some believers think all sins are primarily sins against God. Stephen Witmer makes that very statement: All sin is primarily sin against God. Where sin is understood as merely a moral concept rather than…

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Thoughts on an all-just, all-merciful Christian god

Originally posted on Signs you are a Sheltered Evangelical:
I am considering the claim that god is both all-merciful and just.  I have many times heard it argued that god is all-merciful to forgive transgressions of his law, but that…

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If You Care About Abuse, You Should Care About Who Ted Cruz Wants on the Supreme Court

For anyone who cares about child and survivor advocacy, the possibility of such an appointment should be terrifying. Source: If You Care About Abuse, You Should Care About Who Ted Cruz Wants on the Supreme Court

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Scaffolding: Family/Church Framework

The six of us, my parents and us four children, put down our roots pretty quickly. We were actively involved in our church, which included Sunday school & other church services. In the summer, we had Vacation Bible School and … Continue reading

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Scaffold: My Family

My parents met when my mother, a nursing student, was caring for my dad’s mom in a hospital.  He told his mom that “that girl is the one I’m going to marry”.  They started dating, and in 1949, when they … Continue reading

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2016

I will be visiting the building of my life’s scaffolding, as well as its demise, in 2016.  I hope everyone is enjoying the first day of this new year.

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My Father’s Legacy

2015 was a bad year for me.  I’m happy to see it go.  However, it seems as if my father’s legacy will likely extend into 2016, so all bets are off for next year. My father died on April 16 … Continue reading

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Blue Christmas (What To Do When The Holidays Hurt)

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
‘Tis the season… For many people these are days of magic and wonder, a time when hope rises and peace falls and where miracles begin to feel commonplace. They are moments of joyous reunions and fierce embraces and…

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