Author: Bob Walters

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Column: Persecution by degrees

It remains quite impolite in America to kill someone over their religion. Other world regions see awful and violent religious persecution. Here in Indiana, in the good ol’ USA, I feel fairly safe going...

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Column: The price is (not) right

Let’s take a hard look at where the New Testament says Jesus on the Cross is: – a “price” for our souls, – a “payment” for our transgressions, – a “punishment” for our sins,...

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Column: When in doubt …

My purpose in getting up early Sunday mornings and attending church is to worship God and share in the fellowship of the Christian faith. It’s not because I have religious doubts and need reassurance...

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Column: Balancing the news

“The good news makes no sense if you don’t know the bad news.” – Sunday school adage. Our church is spending several weeks focusing on, discussing and teaching about Christian “Doubt.” Granted, any church...

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Column: Because we can

“Commandment” is a word our modern ear hears as a militaristic, non-negotiable, subservient-signifying, dread-invoking, hellfire and damnation-laden directive: “Do this or else.” Scripture actually communicates a more subtle, more circumspect and more loving message...

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Column: Praying for parables

I have a not-always-appreciated-by-others gift for sarcastic retort, penchant for sardonic response, talent for nimble-minded quips, and unrepentant respect for a well-turned phrase. But like many a confessing Christian recently, my rhetorical savoir-faire has...

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Column: Pleasing to God

The possibilities are endless for what God has given human beings the freedom to create or destroy, to nurture or suffocate, to worship or revile. Mustering the discernment to figure out what is pleasing...

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Column: ‘Do you believe’ what?

Lent, Holy Week and Easter are far less jovial than Christmas because the sacrifice, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ are far more serious. Attaining the “Christmas Spirit” can be as simple as sharing...

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Column: The nobility of knowability

“Knowing God is not just analogous to knowing what infinity is, since we can have some idea of that. No, the infinite God must be infinitely unknowable.” – from a First Things article by...

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Column: My opinion about facts

It’s unremarkably normal in mass-marketed education to confine the intellectual playing field to “Fact” and ‘Opinion.” A popular classroom wall poster declares: – A fact can be proven true or false. – An opinion...