By Timothy Gabrielson

A Pun in James 2

James writes his epistle with style.[1] Some of this is obvious in any English translation of the New Testament. For instance, he employs images to present his ethics vividly, as when he mocks the duplicity of the human tongue by asking, “Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs?” (3:12). …

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False Gods and Idols

God is not redundant. For most of my life, “false god” and “idol” were interchangeable terms, whether I meant them literally, in speaking of biblical history, or metaphorically, of anything that might usurp the supremacy of God in my life. From several years of teaching experience, I can add that my undergraduate students also hear …

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Meditation on a Pandemic

These are days of unprecedented uncertainty. What once may have seemed like a tragedy localized to Wuhan, China, has now spread to nearly every nation. No one will be left unaffected. Modern society has skidded to a halt: sporting events and concerts have been canceled, restaurants and coffee shops have limited public seating, and colleges …

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