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Preaching helps – Ash Wednesday

Preaching helps – Ash Wednesday – Good Friday, Gospel of John Robert H. Smith Ash Wednesday–Good Friday, Series B Four Gospels, Three Years I don’t know whether John is complaining. His fellow evangelists get to have whole years named after them, but we use John as supplementary material, inserting it here and there, especially in […]

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Children of Abraham, children of God: metaphorical kinship in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Children of Abraham, children of God: metaphorical kinship in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians David Rhoads Pete Pero has been a wonderful friend, an affirming colleague, and a powerful mentor. Most of all, his whole life has been a witness composed of pioneering efforts to overcome racial discrimination, generate respect for every culture, and foster […]

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Professional basketball and the faith: more essays in honor of Robert H. Smith

Professional basketball and the faith: more essays in honor of Robert H. Smith Ralph W. Klein Scott Skiles, the new coach of the (post-Michael Jordan) Chicago Bulls, once observed that basketball is often like public worship: those who attend the event do not understand what is going on. While many of us couch-potato fans do […]

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Help. Thanks. Wow!

Help. Thanks. Wow! Nis Kildegaard My Dad taught me to be suspicious of anyone who couldn’t take a joke about his religion. Thinking back on my own arguments about churchgoing with Dad, I’m reminded of this conversation between a mother and her reluctant son, who says, “Mom, I don’t want to go to church today.” […]

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Slavery in Early Christianity

Slavery in Early Christianity Edgar Krentz Fortress Press has reprinted Jennifer A. Glancy’s Slavery in Early Christianity, originally published by Oxford University Press in 2000, in paperback ($22). G. describes the brutal life of slaves, with special attention to the sexual debasement of female slaves. She shows how the slave culture affects early Christian social […]

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The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jurgen Moltmann. .

The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jurgen Moltmann. . – book review Mark Mattes The Kingdom and the Power: The Theology of Jurgen Moltmann. By Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001. 262 pages. Paper. $15.00. There is no question that Moltmann has distinguished himself as one of the most important German theologians of the […]

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1-9:50

A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 1:1-9:50 Erik M. Heen A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 1:1-9:50. By Francois Bovon. Trans. Christine M. Thomas. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002. xxxvi and 440 pages. Cloth. $59.00. This book is a translation of the first volume (1996) of Bovon’s ongoing German project on the Gospel […]

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost : June 19, 2005

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost : June 19, 2005 Terry C. Graunke Jeremiah 20:7-13 Psalm 69:8-11 (12-17), 18-20 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 First Reading On this Sunday we pray, “… rescue your people from despair; deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief.” There is despair in abundance in Jeremiah’s complaint! […]

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Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing

Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing. By Dennis A. Jacobsen (Fortress, $14). J., pastor of Incarnation Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and Director of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus, shares in this book stories from his ministry devoted to doing justice and seeking the public good. He is also a […]

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Theologies in the Old Testament

Theologies in the Old Testament – Book Review Samuel D. Giere Theologies in the Old Testament. By Erhard S. Gerstenberger. Translated by John Bowden. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002. x and 358 pages. Cloth. $30.00. It is with a prophetic tone that Erhard Gerstenberger has authored this recent contribution to Old Testament theology. In the wake of […]