Humility Before a Great, Incomprehensible God

There’s an interesting little chiasm in Leviticus 8:1-5. (See here for more information on chiasms.) Lev 8:1-2 – God instructed Moses on how to carry out the ordination of Aaron and his sons. Lev 8:3 – God told Moses to assemble the congregation at the entrance of the tent of meeting. Lev 8:4a – Moses …

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The One Thing that Really Matters

Circumcision in itself is nothing, just another bit of body modification. It’s irrelevant to your salvation. Neither ritual conversion to Judaism nor ritual rejection of Judaism has any impact whatsoever on who you are in God’s Kingdom. These are merely works, whether good or bad, and, by themselves, works can never save you. What you …

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Questioning Traditions

Traditions are wonderful and powerful forces for creating and reinforcing the bonds of family, community, and nation. Shared experiences even bind together generations separated by centuries. For example, people have been singing hymns at church and synagogue for thousands of years. If you were to travel back in time to a first century congregation, the …

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