Monthly Archives: September 2012

A fresh look at turning the other cheek?

While Christ’s instruction to turn the other cheek has had a classic understanding to it that is about non-retaliation, there may be additional layers to this teaching. While Christ enjoined us to virtually limitless forgiveness (“seventy times seven”), he did … Continue reading

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The flip side of loving your enemies

The command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you might be more practical and prudent than we usually assume. It might merely be a good way to tell if somebody is in fact our enemy. We … Continue reading

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Another take on the Parable of the Sower

What if the different soils in the Parable of the Sower, in addition to representing different types of people, could also represent one person at various stages in his spiritual life? Looking at it from this angle could be helpful … Continue reading

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Christ’s suffering is a lasting gift to humanity

The suffering of Christ on the cross is both a “once and for all” event and a reality that transcends space and time. If one who has faith in Christ enters into suffering, facing it squarely, straight on, he experiences … Continue reading

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