What Bulls & Goats Do These Days

Why?Well,here are the original instructions to the children of Israel in Leviticus:16:6 “Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household. 7 Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the...

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Lines Week Four — Bloodline

First of all, it's your genealogy. Second, in the 70s, it was a campy movie based on a Sidney Sheldon novel. More recently, it was a much-disputed paranormal documentary. This weekend, it's a new way to look at an old story. What is it? Bloodline. Perhaps the most...

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Answer To An Interesting Question

Yesterday, I posted about my son Riley's "divinity school" question. After I figured out why he was asking what he was asking, I drew him a chart on a sheet of notebook paper. I figured if he was going to ask, I was going to answer. On the chart, I put seminaries and...

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Guest Blogger — Amy Hutchinson, Theology Student

When I saw Talbot’s post contrasting seminaries and schools of theology/divinity schools, I had to jump on it. My name is Amy, and I am a first year Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a proud member of Good Shepherd UMC. I...

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A Most Interesting Question

Not long ago, my 18 year old son Riley asked me the most interesting question: "Dad, why didn't you go to a Divnity School?" That's not a typical question that anyone asks, much less an 18 year old. But after pondering it for a couple of days, I figured out why he...

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(Early) Monday Morning Quarterbacking

I fall asleep most Sunday nights while replaying various aspects of Sunday morning in my mind. That replay includes things that happened in worship, key moments of the sermon, things people said to me in the lobby, and new I folks I saw and "old" folks I didn't...

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Lines, Week 3 — Between The Lines

First we crossed the lines.Then we changed the colors and the fonts and went outside the lines.This Sunday is the kind of thing many of us need: what it means to stay between the lines. There are some things I've been saving up to say for a long time.Here's how we...

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Save The Date? Really?

Perhaps you've seen this billboard in your area.Much to my chagrin, I have seen it in mine.I will never understand why people claiming to follow the bible engage in speculation that is so unbiblical.According to Jesus, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even...

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