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Breath of the Spirit

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One of the side-effects of choosing a dissertation topic involving money - the Ananias and Sapphira story in Acts 5 - was that I was obligated to research every Hebrew and Christian Scripture text having anything to do with wealth and its use.

All who study this topic eventually... more

Today’s first reading would make more sense if it started with verse 19 instead of verse 20.

But, no matter where it starts, as early as grade school I had learned about this memorable encounter between Abraham and Yahweh; a meeting in which a human being finagles God into... more

The contrast between the role of women in today’s Genesis passage and our Lucan pericope is striking.

Many scholars believe the Yahwistic source of Genesis - from which our reading is taken - was written by a woman. Perhaps that’s why the author “tells it like it was.” Abraham and... more

In one of my favorite Peanuts cartoon strips, Linus is in the kitchen making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when he suddenly notices his hands. Staring at them, he walks into the living room and tells his sister, “Lucy, these could one day be the hands of a great surgeon, or a powerful... more

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