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January 17, 2017

Widows and Orphans

I have lived with the New Testament letter of James for many decades. And I frequently puzzled over one aspect of a particular verse: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (Jas 1:27) Why widows and orphans? Why not people who are hungry or ill or grieving? Is there something special about orphans and widows that should take our attention?

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:53 AM | Comments

December 13, 2016

Through Old Testament Eyes 4: Who Are the Chosen Ones?

Election is controversial. Of course, I'm talking about the Christian doctrine, not any recent political events.

For five hundred years Protestants have gone back and forth on the topic of predestination and all its implications. The effect for sensitive souls, however, can be to worry and wonder, "Am I one of the elect? Am I one of the chosen, or will I somehow fall outside the bounds of grace?"

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December 6, 2016

Through Old Testament Eyes 3: Getting the Whole Story

When I first saw Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings I was struck by Howard Shore's musical score, especially his Shire theme. Immediately I noticed that as it begins we can sing right along the opening words of "This Is My Father's World" before it takes off with Shore's own melody. At first I wondered, "Doesn't he know that's a famous hymn tune?" But then it hit me. Of course he does, and he's using it on purpose.

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November 1, 2016

Through Old Testament Eyes 2: Misreading Jesus' Trial

Reading the New Testament apart from the Old Testament is like having just one good eye. We can function, certainly. But we will lack depth perception and may misinterpret what we see. Objects may be closer or further away than we think. As a result, we may bump into something we shouldn't have--or miss something we were trying to hit.

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October 25, 2016

Through Old Testament Eyes 1: Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

Many Christians function with half a Bible. When we feel troubled we may go to the Psalms, or when we need an exciting story to keep children entertained we may go to Daniel or Jonah. But that may be about it. We say the whole Bible is authoritative and inspired by God, but sadly the Old Testament remains largely a closed book.

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 10:16 AM | Comments

May 12, 2016

Was Eliot Nuts?

I remember first coming upon T. S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and thinking it was completely nuts. I was in high school at the time. So it is a tautology to say I was quite sure of my opinions.

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 10:07 AM

December 2, 2014

Reading Backwards

Consistently when I have taught the Gospel of Mark to college students over the last ten years, the "Aha" reaction comes when I ask them to look up Old Testament passages related to a puzzling verse.

Why does Mark describe what John the Baptist eats and wears but not anyone else? Not Peter. Not Pilate. Not even Jesus.

When Jesus is walking on the water, why does Mark say Jesus intends to pass by the disciples struggling to row against the wind? Doesn't he see them? Doesn't he care?

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Posted by Andy Le Peau at 9:56 AM

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