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Author Drew Smith

A person identifying himself as a professor of biblical studies sent me an email in which he said he was going to use my recentarticle in his class on biblical interpretation as a demonstration of “the fallacy of the liberal hermeneutic and mindset.” I took that as a complement, and not as a criticism, which […] Read More

In the opening of Mark’s Gospel we find a story that is common to the first three Gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story of John the Baptizer. John is, as his title describes him to be, baptizing in the wilderness. Many are coming out to John to receive this baptism, and, as […] Read More

There are many reasons people may read the Bible, but for people of faith, the ultimate and constant reason for reading the Bible is theological. Most who read the text, or hear the text read, believe it to have something to say about God and God’s engagement with humanity. Indeed, the Bible exists, both in […] Read More

This past June, Alabama’s governor signed into law the toughest stance on immigration in the United States. This law continues to be debated among the citizens of that state while the U.S. Justice Department has stated that Alabama’s law is unconstitutional. I am not an immigration lawyer nor do I pretend to speak to the […] Read More

Many Protestant Christians celebrated Oct. 31 as Reformation Day, the day that commemorates a little known German monk, Martin Luther, who may or may not have posted his infamous Ninety-Five Theses on a church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. This act challenged the Roman Catholic authority, particularly the authority of the pope, and […] Read More

The Gospels are replete with stories of Jesus’ many encounters with the religious leaders in Jerusalem, and not all of them were pleasant. Jesus and these religious leaders debated and argued on just about every religious issue of the day. Healing on the Sabbath, eating with tax collectors and sinners, paying taxes to Caesar – […] Read More

It seems that as the gap between the very rich and everyone else grows, many of those who are wealthy have taken defensive positions that expose how out of touch they really are. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has suggested that not only are the rich getting richer, “but the poor are getting richer even faster.” […] Read More

The heart of Jesus’ message is the desire for peace. At one level, Jesus called people to follow him as a path to finding peace with God. Yet, at a more experiential level, Jesus called people to be at peace with one another. Indeed, in the Sermon on the Mount we find one of Jesus’ […] Read More

Any casual reader of the Gospels knows that Jesus said a great deal about wealth and possessions. In fact, he said more about money and care for the poor than any other subject. Jesus constantly provoked his hearers with radical ideas about wealth and possessions – ideas so radical that we still attempt to explain […] Read More

In the first chapter of his 1967 book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?”, Martin Luther King Jr. describes the state of the civil rights movement in America and the state of white America’s acceptance of African Americans. He writes: “With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in […] Read More