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Learning from Paddock and Kelley

2017 has been one of the worst years for mass shootings in the US, perhaps second only to 2016 (this article explains some the ways different people add up the … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Does Islam need a reformation?

A pastor friend of mine suggested this to me recently, but his idea is hardly unique. This week will see the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famed “95 Theses,” so … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Ten Commandments: Qur’an Edition

When we talk about the “Judeo-Christian” core of America, many of us think of the Ten Commandments. Whether or not you think that your local courthouse should display Exodus 20:1–17, … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who’s Christian? Who’s Muslim?

I’ve been looking at the website of a political organization headed by the pastor of the Christian Revival Center (“Love God and Love Your People”). Unlike most political groups, this … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Should the Pentagon Regulate Religion? Another Great Idea from Congress

There was not a lot of fanfare, but a few weeks ago the House of Representatives voted down a bill written by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) which would have directed … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Travel Ban, Politics, and the Bible

Thanks to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump got a victory last week. From late 2015 Trump pledged to halt Muslim immigration; his “Travel Ban” from six majority-Muslim countries is a … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Travel Ban, Politics, and the Bible

Thanks to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump got a victory last week. From late 2015 Trump pledged to halt Muslim immigration; his “Travel Ban” from six majority-Muslim countries is a … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? See Acts 17!

If you do a google search on today’s question, you will find many, many pieces by Christians who argue that Christians and Muslims worship different gods.  Almost always the reasoning … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Numbers 25 and Interpreting the Qur’an

I’m teaching a Master’s level course in New Testament, so this week I’m writing about a passage that I will be discussing in class. Numbers 25 is in the Old … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sunnis and Shi’a

Over the past few weeks a number of people have asked about the differences between Sunni and Shi’a Islam. The differences between the two usually don’t matter much in practice, … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · 1 Comment
The Text in Context

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Mark Biddle

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