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The Absurdity of Killing Jews for Jesus

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How can anyone who has ever read the Bible—and claims to believe it—be anti-Semitic, like the wicked young man involved in the synagogue shooting last week in Poway, California?
How much we Gentile believers in Israel’s Messiah owe to the Jews!  How can we not love them and be grateful for them?  Except for the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, the entire Bible has come to us through Jewish hands.Our Lord Jesus, who said, “Salvation is from the Jews” (Jn. 4:22), was himself (of course!) a Jew.All the apostles were Jews.Most of the early believers were Jews.Our Lord’s brother, Jacob (James), said there were many myriads of Jewish Christians in his day (Acts 21:20). In the later chapters of his letter to the Romans, Paul tells Gentile Christians to bend over backwards in consideration for the Jews, and so live as to make the gospel appealing to them.Is it necessary to say that doesn’t include murdering them?
Paul’s pathos in Romans is palpable:
“I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am n…

Reparations for Slavery?

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Introduction
The idea of reparations for slavery has been around in one form or another since the time of the Civil War.[1]Recently, the subject has received renewed attention as several Democratic candidates for president have announced their support for the idea.  They argue that the legacy of slavery and its attendant evils are largely responsible for the disparities we see today between whites and blacks in terms of their respective educational achievement, household income, net worth, homeownership, unemployment and incarceration rates, etc.For instance, according to studies done by the Pew Research Center in 2015, 36 percent of whites over the age of 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree compared with only 23 percent of blacks.

Whites have a significantly higher household income ($71,300) than blacks ($43,300).

Homeownership is more common for whites than for blacks:72 percent vs. 43 percent. 

The unemployment rate for blacks (as of 2015) was 10.3 percent, more than double for that o…

In Praise of Shame

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One is not supposed to talk these days about shame, unless it’s to say that we shouldn’t allow such “negativity” into our lives.  The important thing is that we feel good about ourselves.  This, we’re told, is the sum and substance of good mental health.  Feelings of shame, like everything else that diminishes our self-esteem, must be banished from our psychological experience.  
This is the world’s wisdom…and its folly (cf. 1 Cor. 1:20).
In Praise of Shame The truth is, shame is good.  It’s a sign of a functioning conscience.  When we do something sinful, our conscience accuses us.  We feel guilty and ashamed—both necessary preconditions of repentance.  It’s possible, however, to develop a hard and unresponsive heart.  Paul describes those “whose consciences are seared” (1 Tim. 4:2).  Jeremiah found fault with Israel for this very thing. 
Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?      No, they were not at all ashamed;      they did not know how to blush. Jeremiah 6:15
Elsewhere he…