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February 2010 News Archive:

Gospel of John, Chapter 15 (I am the Vine)

Published by Peter Mains on February 28, 2010 at 08:08 PM

Jesus in the Gospel of John, Chapter 15 declares, "I am the Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser." (John 15:1) For a moment, he brings us far away from his looming crucifixion. Like the Garden of Eden, the Gardens of Babylon, the Vineyard of Isaiah ... (read more)

Martin Luther on Purgatory

Published by Peter Mains on February 25, 2010 at 11:53 AM

As I indicated in the first part of this series, Martin Luther did not seriously dispute the practice of indulgences. What he did dispute, however, was how the money was spent. I neglected to mention another aspect of his criticism, which really rela ... (read more)

Jacob Neusner and the Kingdom of Heaven

Published by Peter Mains on February 22, 2010 at 08:44 PM

I finished reading "A Rabbi Talks to Jesus" last night. I wrote an earlier article about it, that you can read here. The primary reason I picked it up was so that I could re-read "Jesus of Nazareth" with a fuller appreciation of what Pope Benedict ha ... (read more)

Martin Luther on Indulgences

Published by Peter Mains on February 09, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Martin Luther's theses are a touchstone of western history. In Luther's stand against the Pope, we may see parallels to George Washington's stand against King George or Dr. King's stand against the Jim Crow South. The Martin Luther of popular memory ... (read more)

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