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A Tale of Two Walls: Trump vs. Nehemiah

It has come to my attention that some Christians are comparing Donald Trump’s imagined border wall to the biblical story of Nehemiah, in which Jerusalem’s wall is rebuilt in 52 days. I’ve only found a few published examples, like this … Continue reading

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The R Word

I spent last week at the Ventura River Watershed for a five-day Festival of Radical Discipleship, hosted by Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. It was my third trip to this outfit’s annual event, and I’ve come to love the chance for a … Continue reading

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Gods, Kings and Temples – a movie review

Biblical blockbusters are a thing now. Last spring’s Noah was followed by Exodus: Gods and Kings. Spectacular computer-rendered miracles have helped a supposedly godless Hollywood to cautiously embrace scripture. But the latest shiny apocalypse has preserved little of the Bible’s … Continue reading

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Holes in Our Wall

I moved home to Sacramento this summer, and boy, the place is a mess! The physical state of downtown bears some resemblance to the wrecked walls and gates of Jerusalem, during the fateful summer of 445 BCE. I’m exaggerating a … Continue reading

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A Miraculous Tale for Our Times

The Bible was not written for us. We are too literal to embrace a literary collection full of impossible stories: The Flood. Three days in a fish. Life after death. None of these events are possible in our scientific world. … Continue reading

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Seeds, Soils and Revivals

What triggers a revival? What sustains it? What are the seeds and soil out of which transformative mass religious fervor springs? Large groups of excited people gathered to hear charismatic preachers can certainly spark change. But events end and leaders’ perceived … Continue reading

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Reading the Qur’an

This month is Ramadan, and in addition to fasting from dawn to sunset Muslims recite the Qur’an over the course of the month. Yes, the whole thing. It is only 4/5 as long as the New Testament, but still quite a … Continue reading

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