MYSTERIOUS LADY . . .

Dr. Kenneth Cuffey Mary from Magdala: first witness of the resurrected Jesus on Easter Sunday, fellow traveler with the 12, financial supporter of the 12, present at the cross and at the tomb. One of the more puzzling characters around Jesus in the gospels is Mary Magdalene. Clearly she was important, even pivotal in her role among the circle of the disciples, and without question Jesus made an amazing impact…

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George MacDonald

By Dr. Melody Green In his autobiography Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis describes how, when he was a young atheist, he read a book that he described as having “baptized my imagination.” That book was Phantastes, a fantasy novel written by the Victorian Scottish author, pastor and poet George MacDonald. Later, Lewis explains that even though he did not have a name for it at the time, what he…

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Christian Ethics

Should we engage in germ line genetic engineering to put an end to inheritable genetic disease? Is it ever okay to use hormones and/or gender reassignment surgery? Does obedience to the command “Be fruitful and multiply”? (Gen. 1:28) justify using a surrogacy? Is capital punishment contrary to the gospel? Can the divorced ever serve in the church, or remarry? Can violence ever be justified in the name of peace? What…

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DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ALL PEOPLES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?

By Dr. Kenneth Cuffey A common quandary for believers is to know what God felt about the rest of the world while he dealt with Israel in the Old Testament.  He seemed to focus on the descendants of Abraham until the New Testament, right?  As a Gentile, I want to know . . .  what did God feel about the rest of us back at the start?  Was reaching the…

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Ancient China and the Old Testament?

By Lawson Lau Long before the concept of freedom of speech made its way into the consciousness of the Western world, China practiced it during the Golden Age of Chinese Thought (770-221 B.C.). In the centuries-long ferment of contrasting viewpoints, Chinese philosophers or thinkers maintained that humans are born good and are perfectible (Confucius & Mencius); humans are born evil, wicked, greedy, lustful (Hsun Tzu & Han Fei Tzu); and…

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