Resurrection

Lesson 8: Resurrection is Hope

Lesson 8: Resurrection is Hope

Most of us can’t help ourselves when we speak the last part of the Second Article, “On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” Conditioned by simplistic popular ideas, we think […]

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Lesson 17: Stranger

Lesson 17: Stranger

Matthew and Mark report that the message at the empty tomb sends the disciples back to Galilee where Jesus will meet them. Luke’s version tells them to remain in Jerusalem. At first, John seems to support Luke, seemingly ending his gospel with chapter 20. But then he continues with a Galilean appearance that offers all […]

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Shhh!  Jesus Steps Out of the Tomb: Easter 2C

Shhh! Jesus Steps Out of the Tomb: Easter 2C

If Matthew, Mark, and Luke thought Peter’s confession was central to the Gospel proclamation, John believed Thomas’ confession was even more important. He originally ended his Gospel with the colossal, “My Lord and my God.” This was the most far reaching confession in the Bible, perhaps the first time anyone proclaimed Jesus divine. Yet we […]

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Lesson 25: How Does God Operate Through People?  Part 3

Lesson 25: How Does God Operate Through People? Part 3

Both Bob from Italy and Lupe from Bolivia move us to acting for God as service rather than servanthood. Bob speaks of co-operation and individual acts of mercy, such as feeding the hungry neighbor. Some theologians believe we should make co-operation, in contrast to competition, a primary contemporary Christian emphasis. Lupe suggests looking at service […]

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Lesson 2:  Creation in the New Testament

Lesson 2: Creation in the New Testament

If you think of creation only as the origin of the physical world, the New Testament has little to say about it. It does speak quite a bit about a broader concept of creation. It builds on the Old Testament’s understanding that God creates everything by uttering words. “In the beginning was the Word, and […]

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Lesson 10: Hope 1

Lesson 10: Hope 1

Let’s take a look at “hope” as we continue our study of the triad used to describe the Christian life. For what do we hope? A quick word search finds the object of Christian hope is usually our own resurrections or our sharing in the glory of God, two ways of saying the same thing. […]

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Lesson 3: Resurrection – Salvation

Lesson 3: Resurrection – Salvation

Some people are having difficulty with my description of salvation as “now and not yet”. Myron says the problem is being conditioned to think of resurrection and salvation being almost synonymous and happening after our deaths. The New Testament agrees the two speak of the same thing, but regards them as more than simply being […]

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Lesson 14:  Elephant in the Road   (I Corinthians 15)

Lesson 14: Elephant in the Road (I Corinthians 15)

If religions deal with ultimate questions, they eventually have to deal with death. As Paul says, it is the last enemy, the elephant in the room, or to keep our metaphor, the elephant in the middle of the road. No matter what we do, death is ahead. Paul might have put off the task in […]

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