Inclusio, Bookends, Romans

One of my favorite laws of literary structure is inclusio. The less technical term is bookends. Whatever you call it, it's when a section of literature (biblical or otherwise) begins and ends with the same phrase or idea. Any author who employs inclusio wants to make...

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The Bible As An Adventure

Every once in awhile, I get a fresh reminder of how the division of the bible into chapters and verses can actually get in the way of our encounter with Scripture. Case in point: some time ago, as part of preparation for a Life Group Bible Study I lead, I read Acts...

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“The Jesus Effect” Launches Sunday

Jesus had an effect on people. Many of them flocked to him.  Others fell down before him.  Still others gave their desperation to him. And then others avoided him.  Or sought to trap him.  Or plotted to kill him.  Or betrayed him. He was...

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Questions About Anger Worth Pondering

At Good Shepherd, we began 2019 with a message series about anger called Up In Arms. And the first message in that series concluded by asking congregants to ask themselves three sobering questions regarding their own anger. Although almost three months have passed...

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