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The Beauty of Pentecost: the Tzitzit

July 27, 2020

   When I was in graduate school, we were laboring one day over a prickly translation issue in “The Prayer of Manasseh,” a short book of just 15 verses that has been in the Bible, and then not in the Bible over the centuries. Manasseh was probably Israel’s most wicked king (2 Chronicles 33). Allegedly,…

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The Beauty of Pentecost – We Live by Gift, not Grasp

  Walter Brueggemann, whom I’d count as our world’s greatest Old Testament scholar, has published a little book, Virus as a Summons to Faith. It’s a little series of in-depth Bible studies. He explains why this might help: “I, as a Bible teacher, believe that any serious crisis is a summons for us to reread…

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The Beauty of Pentecost – Why Should I Be Discouraged?

Three weeks ago in worship, a fabulous soloist sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” When I was young, I thought this was a corny song, although I listened patiently to older church members who were mortified it was not included in the newfangled Methodist hymnal (that came out in 1966!). Thankfully I’ve fallen back…

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