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Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows By: Wendy Wippel When you think about it, a lot of the phrases we use to mean certainty are based on the idea of solidity: "rock-solid", "set in stone", "on solid ground". Which is kind of funny, really. Because it turns out that the solidity of…

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Old as Methuselah

Old as Methuselah By: Wendy Wippel "Adam lived 130 years, and begot a son in his own likeness... and named him Seth. Seth lived 105 years, and begot Enosh. Enosh lived 90 years, and begot Cainan. Canain lived...zzzzzzzzz." Jesus said every yod and tittle is important. Ever wonder what all…

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Doin’ Flips

Doin' Flips By: Wendy Wippel Don't look now, but the sun is about to do a back flip. At least as far as the magnetic poles go. (Maybe even as I write this, or as you read it). Nobody expects this event to be (literally) earth-shaking. But if the earth's…

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Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence By: Wendy Wippel Here in Memphis the crowd is beginning to mourn the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis. I, however, sit shiva on my own-- not mourning the passing of a person, but an epoch. My last little bird has fled the nest. Prematurely. And…

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Subatomic Spandex

Subatomic Spandex By: Wendy Wippel Only the Bible (of ancient theological texts) claims the universe had a beginning: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". God added some detail in Psalm 104: "He covered Himself 'with light as with a garment' and 'stretched' the heavens like a…

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Missional Myopia

Missional Myopia By: Wendy Wippel Today's Christian buzzword: the "missional" church. What's the mission? Well, depends what church you ask: "Administering sacraments". "Confronting injustice". "Making disciples". "Alleviating suffering". "Caring for creation". "Preaching the Gospel." All straight off their mission statements, but unanimously missing one clearly laid out in Scripture. And…

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Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel By: Wendy Wippel Colossians tells us that the Jewish festivals "are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." (Colossians 2:16 NIV) We all understand this principle as key to understanding the Old Testament, but it may be…

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death By: Wendy Wippel A list of approaches to Bible interpretation I just printed off includes more than twenty, ranging from the Traditionalist method (how did Jews interpret this text?) to the Liberationist (has this text been used to oppress people?). To wit, a pretty…

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God Smacked

God Smacked By: Wendy Wippel "Whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives" (Hebrews 12:6). Not a warm fuzzy verse but one that speaks of His love. And we've all recognized God's discipline once or twice. But has God ever reached out and slapped you…

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Blind Date

Blind Date By: Wendy Wippel Agnostic Israeli physicist Leon Lederman, asked by Orthodox physicist Gerald Schroder if anything in history was unexplainable by science, had this to offer: "Israel back in the land is kind of spooky." Which (again) begs the question: Why don't today's secular Jews see God's hand…

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