Tag Archives: Jesus

Investigations

Have I misunderstood or misrepresented the cultures about which I have written?  My intention in writing is to offer not to impose, a diagnosis. The suggestions proffered here need to be placed in the context of other, related offerings.  All … Continue reading

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Vow-making

  The Old Testament largely agrees with contemporary Muslim perspectives on the actualities of the unseen world.  Lying demons are Lucifer’s children, while prophet Elisha’s buried bones can impart renewed life to a corpse. Pragmatism, however, is not to be … Continue reading

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Shame is a social phenomenon

‘What people say’ or ‘What people might say’ is a strong constraint on actions. The use of oaths in such profusion in many Middle Eastern societies illustrates the lengths to which people go to avoid being shamed. Shame comes from … Continue reading

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Old Testament through eyes of Semitic culture

The OT revelation was mediated through a Semitic culture in which male superiority and chauvinism were almost built into the structure of things.  That male-oriented culture was available to God as a medium for communication and He was content to … Continue reading

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Distinct universes

  If you smile at your wife, she will take advantage of you!  Between men and women there is a huge gulf. Male and female ‘live’ in distinct universes. To confuse the two universes is to court disaster.  It is the … Continue reading

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Reaching out in friendship: Have no agenda

We all have agendas. But what if our agenda really is just to do good and serve people? Something like, “love your neighbour.” I am sure this does not mean we cannot be bold in sharing this amazingly Good News … Continue reading

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We have the greatest commandment

Love God and love people.  Love has always been and will always be the strongest force in the universe.  No one can stand against it  Not the worst Muslim or the best Christian.  It is who God is and who … Continue reading

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