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Amanda W. Benckhuysen

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What’s Next

It is the day after the US presidential election. Votes have been cast. The polls have closed.At the time of writing, the results remain uncertain. We won’t know with any clarity until later in the week, perhaps later in the…
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Resisting a Return to Normal

Today is tax day. This isn’t the typical time to file taxes. We are much more accustomed to submitting tax returns in the Spring. But then, not much is typical right now. Covid-19 has upended our lives in a multitude…
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Telling the Covid-19 Virus Story

As I write this, my two teenagers are “zooming” their classmates and friends and working away at the assignments their teachers have given them during this period of online learning. Life has changed for us drastically in the last week…
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The Power of Love

Today is Christ the King Sunday, that day at the end of the liturgical calendar when we celebrate Christ’s lordship over all of creation. I suspect for many readers, this is not new information. What may be less known, however,…
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Building up the body of Christ

Every year during the third weekend in November, I attend a conference that attracts thousands of biblical and religious scholars from around the globe. This year, I presided at a session on the history of biblical interpretation where senior scholars…
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Who’s Blessing Whom?

According to Acts 8, the angel of the Lord told Philip to go to the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza. On his way, Philip happened upon an Ethiopian eunuch, an official in the court of the queen of…
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Rising Out of Hatred

In his book, Rising Out of Hatred, Eli Saslow documents the journey of Derek Black, and how this prominent white supremacist and leader of the white nationalist movement ultimately came to renounce his beliefs. Prior to his conversion, Black had…
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Let’s all praise the Lord

This semester, I have the good fortune of teaching a class on the Psalms. Last week, the class was discussing Psalms of Praise, those lofty hymnic psalms that direct our attention to the majesty, the goodness, and the power of…
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