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Aug 09, 2005

Volume 122, Issue #16


West coast witness: Matthew 16:13-20

As some friends and I ate a picnic lunch, we fell into a rambling conversation about politics, real estate values in an earthquake zone and the virtues of sauvignon blanc over chardonnay. Then I mentioned offhandedly that perhaps I viewed something or other the way I did because I was a Christian. This revelation did not strike me as a big deal. After all, they had been talking about Buddhist meditation, Sufi parables and personal spiritual rituals.

Dogging Jesus: Matthew 15:21-28

A kneeling woman does not have far to fall, and by all rights Jesus' insult should have floored her on the spot.

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