Tag Archives: sinners

Sinful pagan or half-baked Christian?

“Oh ‘spew thee out of my mouth!’” Growing up on King James English, at least where the Bible was concerned, this used to be one our favorite sayings among my Christian friends: “Oh ‘spew thee out of my mouth!’” We … Continue reading

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One more reason why church should be like an AA meeting

Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. Hebrews 13:13 “Hi, my name is John, and I’m a sinner.” “Hi John!” That’s the way church should begin. Before the Call to Worship; before the opening … Continue reading

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Breaking camp

We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat. Hebrews 13:10 An altar is a place of slaughter. The lamb or bull that was brought in as a sacrifice for sin would be … Continue reading

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‘You really gotta get out more’

Thanks to Sandy, Toni, Gail, Nick, John, Liz, Lyn, Phillip, Merlyn, Bob, Lisa and Jill for their comments on yesterday’s Catch. As Phillip pointed out, we are all very busy and don’t always get to all our emails so that … Continue reading

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“Outside the camp”

We are focusing our attention on “out” this week. When we say “out,” what do we mean? Actually we mean a lot of things; more than we can talk about in one day, but here’s a good start. By “out,” … Continue reading

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Much more than being right

I used to think that I was right. That was back when I thought it mattered. In fact, for a long time, being right was the most important thing about being a Christian. We went to school to learn why … Continue reading

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Sinners “R” them (or us?)

This has been a tough week for me. I’ve been trying to grasp and write about mercy but it’s been alluding me. Twice I’ve had to abandon my first attempt at a Catch because it didn’t get by my first … Continue reading

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Friend of sinners

Jesus, friend of sinners We have strayed so far away We cut down people in your name But the sword was never ours to sway Jesus, friend of sinners The truth becomes so hard to see The world is on … Continue reading

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Here’s to the notorious sinners

  Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-7 What a ragtag, motley, … Continue reading

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The real Charlie Brown

Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other notorious sinners. (There were many people of this kind among the crowds that followed Jesus.) But when some of the … Continue reading

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