Category: Bob Walters

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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...

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Column: First things first

What an encouragement it was to open a recent Friday Wall Street Journal and find its diverse “Houses of Worship” column dedicated to Richard John Neuhaus and the 25th anniversary of First Things magazine....

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Column: Acceptions made

A person passingly familiar with the Bible could mistakenly think Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament contains scripture’s most dismal, depressing and hopeless message. Repeatedly the book’s narrator, seemingly an aging, bitter King Solomon –...

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Column: Perfectly understandable

Most of the time in this space I prefer to write about Christ rather than Christians because Christ is perfect. Christians are not. While Christian flaws are rampant, it’s hard to find anyone possessing...

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Column: What are you crying about?

Jesus wept. Peter wept. Mary wept. Overwhelmed by love. Devastated by shame. Consumed with mourning. From Genesis to Revelation, there is a whole lot of crying in the Bible for a whole lot of...