Scripture

An Epiphany about Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish and Genesis and the Joys of Being a Geek

Friday, January 13th, 2012

As much as I have recently made a case for Advent, and then for Christmas, you might have expected that I would write something about the season of Epiphany, now over a week past. Instead, I’ve been too busy reading about the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish. Well, that and my daughter came […]

Can Grace Really Be Pulled out of the Fire? Scary Matthew 13.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Anna- curious of your understanding of Matthew 13:36-43.  Is this really telling of a one time judgement and not an eternal one?  I was thinking of our conversation at Outlaw Ranch this past week.  It sounds pretty eternal to me. Dang. There’s always gotta be one in the crowd who listens and then in their […]

Reader Question: God of the OT Really Be God of the New? Spin it for me.

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Question: The NT makes sense (mostly)! So why does the OT make it so hard to be a Christian? A lot of it is so contradictory. What makes it worse is when preachers read too much into an OT passage to support something in the NT, and then you find that in the next chapter […]

“Injustice in Health Care is the Most Shocking and Inhumane:” MLK, Jr., Soteria, and the Push to Repeal Health Care

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Dear all, Today I’m posting something a bit out-of-the ordinary for what I’ve typically done with OMG. It’s the text of a speech I made at a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 18th, sponsored by the South Dakota Democrats and the South Dakota wing of Organizing for America, the morphed body of Obama for America […]

Anne Rice not a Church-goer … then she is … now she’s not …. What’s up?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

In light of Anne Rice’s recent announcement that she is leaving Christianity but holding onto Christ I am pondering the following:
What does it mean to react to vs respond to the Gospel, to God, to Christ, to Christianity?
What are the parallels, if any, between Anne Rice and the stance taken by Martin Luther centuries ago?
What does it mean to ‘leave’ a doctrine?

Is there anything that ISN’T debatable in Scripture?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

What are the absolute truths of the Bible? In other words, what is not subject to interpretation, or are there some passages or themes that everyone interprets the same?

A Brief, Cursory, Abridged, Compressed, Abbreviated, Thumbnail Sketch of the Evolution of Scripture

Friday, September 10th, 2010

You’ve touched on this before, but could you go into further depth about how the bible was assembled and exactly what it is supposed to be? For instance is every word directly from God or did he just give the writer some guidelines? How were the books chosen? How were they ordered? Why are the catholic bibles and the NKJ versions different? I know, lots of questions, but I’m curious!

Hunches, hopes, hints about grace

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Question: If we are saved by God’s grace and yet we continue to turn our back on God, i.e., we don’t practice our faith, we don’t pray, we don’t read God’s word, we continue to repeat the same sins over and over, etc. if we die are we saved or did we fall short of […]

YWHW clearly means, um…I’ll get back to you…..

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Question: In the Exodus rendition of God’s self-description, the syntax takes on expansive meanings: “I am who I am” could be “I will be what I will be” or “I am what I will be”. God continues in the passage to describe Himself in relationship to mankind as the “God of your fathers”, etc. It […]

ELCA conversation about homosexuality

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Question:  Hi! was wondering if you had an opinion on the whole gay minister thing, particularly re: the editorial yesterday;03/03/2010 in the Argus Leader from Lutheran minister who equated the issue to the rebellion of Lucifer; wanting to place his throne above God’s throne. Thanks for the question! I do have an opinion.  I actively […]