Jesus and the Bible

Fleming Rutledge recently responded to a Marcus Borg lecture on her blog Generous Orthodoxy.  Here is a sample of what she said. Last night at a gathering, Marcus Borg said (twice), “Jesus trumps the Bible.” This is an extraordinarily irresponsible thing for a scholar and leader in the church to say. It can’t be said…

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Earthly Good

Lately I have been discussing the idea of being heavenly-minded, and I have suggested that to do any earthly good you have to be heavenly-minded.   My colleague The Rev. Chuck Alley pointed out that plenty of non-believing people do all sorts of earthly good and that I needed to clarify what I mean by…

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Approval Rating

We are all familiar with Gallup’s Presidential Approval Rating.  Every day Gallup polls a sample of Americans to measure what people think of the president’s job performance.   Imagine for a moment that Gallup provided for each of us a Personal Approval Rating.  Every day.  On the Web.  What would you do with that? Would…

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Heaven Matters

Heaven matters.  You can take this one of two ways. That brief phrase could mean that heaven plays a significant role in our lives. Or, you could read “heaven matters” to be equivalent to “heavenly matters.”  For example, you could say something like this.  Today we will clear up some heaven matters and tomorrow we…

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