Category Archives: Bible

The Scandalous Prodigality of God’s Love for Sinners!

“It is very odd,” remarks Herbert McCabe, “that people should think that when we do good God will reward us and when we do evil he will punish us” (“Forgiveness,” Faith Within Reason, p. 155). It’s not surprising, of course, … Continue reading

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The Annihilation of Israel

Ezekiel 21 “The word of the Lord came to me,” declares the prophet Ezekiel: “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem and preach against the sanc­tuaries; prophesy against the land of Israel and say to the land of Israel, … Continue reading

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The Impossible Verses of Ezekiel

Ezekiel 20 Every preacher has a list of favorite texts of the Bible that he loves to preach on. They touch something deep within him or her and unleash intellect, imagination, and passion in service of the gospel. For me, … Continue reading

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The Eagle has landed … and will land again

Ezekiel 17 Ezekiel 17 begins with two cryptic parables about Israel, King Zedekiah, and Babylon. In each the figure of a great eagle figures prominently. In the first the eagle represents Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon and overlord of Judah; … Continue reading

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Knowing Christ Through the Scriptures

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Pascha and the Apokatastasis of Judas

But what about the Iscariot‽ The fate of Judas is the challenge most often posed to anyone who dares to proclaim the greater hope. Christians have long debated whether few or many will be saved. St John Chrysostom appears to … Continue reading

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The Irrelevant Repentance of Judas

This death was not what Judas intended. He did not intend the condemnation of Jesus on capital charges. He did not intend the handing over of Israel’s Messiah to Pontius Pilate. He did not intend the cross. Whatever his reasons … Continue reading

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The Greed of Judas and the Prodigality of Mary

Judas Iscariot does not speak many words in the gospels, but his personal presence is mani­fest. He is the apostle who betrayed his Lord. Judas’ historical contribution to the death of Jesus was actually quite limited, being but the pebble … Continue reading

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