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I found this statement at the end of the animated film Ratatouille profound. These are the words of the food critic Anton Ego in his review of the restaurant in the movie.

“In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to…

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If you really want to understand the birth of Jesus you have to look back to the Old Testament. One reason I can say that with confidence is that all four Gospels start by pointing backward. Matthew starts with a genealogy going back to David and Abraham. The NIV uses the word “genealogy” to translate the Greek word “Genesis” which…

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Bruce Metzger – Breaking the Code *DEAL* This little book offers some great insights into the book of Revelation. This was my first crack and studying Revelation and I still remember all of the discoveries I experienced reading this book. I would encourage people to start here as it will introduce you to material that…

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It is easy to think the “margins” are over there somewhere but the truth of the matter is this…not only are the margins closer than you think, the margins are actually within you. What kind of margins am I talking about? When we use phrases like the “margins of society” we are usually talking about the down and out, those…

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A big thank you to Shane Claiborne for taking a few moments to talk about everything from the new monastic movement to how we see and treat those who are different than ourselves. I am convinced these are words we need to hear more and more in a world that is pushing people to the margins. As the margins grow so…

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Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we tremble before this cup, give us the strength to drink it, this: our prayer for our enemies.

And we confess that we are but dust, we do not have the strength to carry this burden. So fill us with your Holy Spirit. May your Spirit intercede for us in this moment.

For nothing draws us to this prayer. And we confess that we kneel before you more out of obedience than grace. Obedience to the…

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E.P. Sanders – Paul and Palestinian Judaism This is a work that kicked off the New Perspective on Paul. Sanders goes into extra-biblical material from Judaism to help us understand how the Jews viewed their own religion. Rather than imposing Luther back on the Torah, this book advises letting Judaism speak for itself. This allows you…

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Three prayer requests.

1. Pray for comfort and peace in Paris, but also in Beirut which was bombed the day before, families on the Russian airliner, and for Syria and Iraq where people suffer on a daily basis from the violence of ISIS.

I wonder why we painted our Facebook pages with French colors but not Lebanese or Russian. Perhaps I have some sense–we have a historic alliance with France….and because…

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Gerd Theissen – The Social Setting of Pauline Christianity: Essays on Corinth This book is a series of translated essays. The points of interest are his discussion of the strong and the weak and the Lord’s supper and the economic/demographic issues tied to each one. I had never considered how wealth would impact the availability of eating meat and…

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Walter Wink – Engaging the Powers A powerful and engaging look at spiritual powers and warfare. This is a must read on the principalities and powers.

Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand This is devotional material based on three of the imperatives in Ephesians. This book challenged me spiritually and is one that I will definitely read…

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