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Who Belongs in the Picture?

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Everyone agreed that it was a wonderful painting – Paolo Veronese’s ginormous depiction of Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper.  But was it really a religious painting?    Church authorities in Venice in 1573 were deeply offended by what they saw on the canvas.  Why were so many of “the wrong people” basking in the gracious presence of Jesus? Veronese, along… Read more »

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  When one of my earliest mentors, Dr. Howard Lindquist, was a young pastor, he visited the home of an older woman who was highly regarded in the community. At one point… Read more »