On Terror

Last night I with most of the world was struck by the tragic events that unfolded in Manchester. For a while, these terror attacks were so prevalent, so frequent that I started to feel numb to them. Attacks like this were just part of the way the world works now. But something about what happened last night woke something up in me. These were teenagers. Kids that went to see a pop star at a…

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Who is my neighbor?

“Who Is My Neighbor?” “A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to gain eternal life?’ Jesus replied, ‘What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?’ He responded, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have answered correctly. Do …

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Death is Not the Last Word

I said last time that if Jesus is who the gospel says he is, the eternal Word of God, then it’s almost self-evident that Jesus is the only way to God, for the simple reason that people can only come to God through the Word of God. According to classic Christian theology, Jesus is not some arbitrary gatekeeper to God. Jesus is God, and more specifically, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. So t…

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God's Guest List

Picking up where we left off last week in Luke’s gospel, Jesus is still at the banquet that we visited. One of the other guests at the feast heard Jesus’ story about places of honor and remarked to him: “Happy are those who will feast in God’s kingdom.” In saying that, Jesus was given an opportunity to share another story about hospitality and God’s kingdom. “A certain man hosted a large dinner and invited m…

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No Other Name

This month I want to offer a few reflections on the relationship between Christianity and other religions, so let’s begin with the claim made by the apostle Peter in the book of Acts: “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.” Jesus himself, according to John’s gospel, says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes…

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