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Breath of the Spirit

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If you can't identify with a particular sacred author's theology, I'd advise you to read on. There's a good chance you'll eventually encounter another writer who espouses a contradictory point of view, one which better mirrors your own experience.

The 8th century prophet Hosea, for... more

As I mentioned last week, each of the four evangelists has his own unique theology. That's why we have four gospels, not just one. In some sense they write against someone (other evangelists) as well as write for someone (their communities.) John, for instance, wants his readers to concentrate... more

Since World War II, Scripture scholars have looked at gospels from a completely different perspective. Before the mid-1940s they zeroed in on individual passages, trying to surface how each pericope developed and evolved in the early Christian community. But since then, students of the Bible... more

Last week's commentary on the powerlessness of God's disciples is again verified in today's Amos pericope.

But before we get into prophetic helplessness, there's something we must understand about a biblical prophet's ministry. Notice how often prophets operate in shrines or temples?... more

Those who expect God to work mighty deeds in mighty ways on their behalf shouldn't listen to today's readings. Our three sacred authors aren't familiar with that kind of God.

If there's one group of people who should be able to rely on God stepping into their lives at key points,... more
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