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Re-Forming Church Biblically

Each tradition needs to think critically before simply adopting practices from other traditions—and perhaps seek out and retrieve better alternatives from its own past. Moreover, churches should be extremely cautious about introducing technology into our worship; it never merely replicates … Continue reading

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Online “Church”: United, or Merely Simultaneous?

If the entirety of my pre-COVID worship experience has been simply passive and receptive (hearing and observing the preaching and the musicians) while I am standing or sitting beside someone else in the assembly with whom I am barely acquainted—then there is little benefit to the incidental simultaneity of our passive reception of the information presented to us by the pastor or the worship leader. If this is all that church has been, then it is not surprising that people would feel little loss by introducing the mediating technology, i.e., receiving preaching and music while at home—with or without a pandemic. Continue reading

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Pandemic Sermon: Numbers and Chronicles, “God Draws Near”

Throughout this time many of us are simply missing human touch and human contact, and direct interaction not through a screen. We are doing the best we can, but it is not the same. I imagine those families in ancient Israel who had loved ones with skin diseases, who had to stay outside the camp or the city and only call out to one another from afar. But there is hope, there is Good News. God was not satisfied with living in a tent or a stone temple among his people. As John writes in his Gospel, “The Word became flesh, and pitched a tent among us, and we beheld his glory.” Continue reading

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Science, Worship, and an “Epistemology of Love”

So far we have seen that a modern scientific worldview has difficulty accounting for the immaterial “essence” of human personhood, and therefore cannot meaningfully balance the risks of physical and spiritual harms. In this installment, we compare “scientific” ways of knowing (epistemology) with other means of knowing that are just as important for human life and purpose: knowing through love, and knowing through ritual. Knowing truth about God and ourselves by these means gives us purpose and hope. Continue reading

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The Joys of Teaching

My role as director of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing limits the number of courses that I teach. The balance is about 30% teaching, 30% administration/fundraising, 30% research, 10% supervising. Furthermore, the courses that I typically teach are … Continue reading

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Resignation Letter

They say the best way to make God chuckle is to tell Him your plans—and I guess He reads these questionnaires, too. Continue reading

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Why Was It OK?

Gotta love Google.

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Update

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JMH, 1954-2016

It is with sorrow that I must report that my father-in-law, Rev. Joe Hesh, passed away last Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2016. Continue reading

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Anniversary

Today is the twenty-first anniversary of my baptism. I was baptized on September 9, 1994, at Light of Israel Congregation in Yonkers, NY. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was … Continue reading

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