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March 12, 2014

Many people dislike platitudes. Just the other day, I was part of a conversation on Facebook in which the original poster was complaining about the silliness of saying, "Count rainbows, not thunderstorms, and walk on." The thread participants all riffed on this platitude, and my contribution was that paying attention to the rainbows instead of the storm while walking is a great way to ...

December 26, 2013

'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the land Christians were sweeping away the remnants of gift wrappings, falling from their month-long sugar high, planning when to dispose of the dying greenery decking their halls, and dreading the credit card bills due to arrive in January. Even among the Catholics, who know (or should know) that Christmas is a season that can last through ...

December 23, 2013

The less someone speaks in Scripture, it seems the more people want to know about that person. I can't tell you how many times I've had to answer apologetics questions with "Scripture doesn't say." Two New Testament figures that garner this kind of interest are St. Joseph and St. John the Baptist. But the...

October 28, 2013

A couple of years ago, I attended a Bible study class on the Book of Ruth at a local synagogue. I was interested in learning more about Scripture from a Jewish perspective. One aspect of the class that fascinated me was that the rabbi leading the class focused the class's attention on small details of the text on which I never would have thought to focus. For example, what was the significance of Elimelech and his family choosing to leave Bethlehem during its time of trial (...

February 15, 2013

While discussing the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus Christ in her helpful book titled The Misunderstood Jew, Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine sketches an amusing scene of her anticipated future arrival at the Pearly Gates. Levine imagines herself immediately peppering St. Peter with all her unanswered academic questions, only to be told to take up her...