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Sanity, …. Within Reason (Advent 4)

December 19, 2019

Sanity, …. Within Reason Michael Jinkins   Given the popularity of “The Onion,” the satirical newspaper that makes up some very funny stories (and some very rude ones too), a bunch of rowdy young Christians started publishing an online spoof newspaper with some hilarious fictional stories. One headline I read went like this:   “Mountain […]

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Ghost of Advent Present (Advent 3)

December 12, 2019

Ghost of Advent Present Michael Jinkins     Why are Christmas stories such as Frank Capra’s movie It’s a Wonderful Life and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, so popular on television in this season while American culture seems so often to contradict their messages?   We seem horrified by the prospect of a vulgar, self-serving […]

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The Gift of Advent (Advent 2)

December 5, 2019

The Gift of Advent Michael Jinkins   If someone forced me to choose whether I would declare myself to be an “Easter Christian” or “Christmas Christian,” without doubt I would come down on the side of Christmas.   I love Christmas. And it’s not just because I love the whole joyful, sparkling, pagan-spangled, Bethlehem-bound discombobulation […]

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Can Christians Be Justified in Saying: “I Was Just Following Orders”? (Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part 5)

November 21, 2019

Can Christians Be Justified in Saying: “I Was Just Following Orders”? Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part 5 Michael Jinkins   In response to one of my blogs on “Bonhoeffer’s Germany”, someone asked that I comment on the relationship between St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 13, and the issues raised by Bonhoeffer’s resistance to Adolf Hitler’s […]

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A Deafening Silence (Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part Four)

November 14, 2019

A Deafening Silence Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part Four Michael Jinkins   “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” (Edmund Burke, 1729-1797)   The phrase “a deafening silence,” gets used a good bit these days, usually to describe a situation when something ought to be said but […]

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God Himself is With Us? (Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part Three)

November 7, 2019

God Himself is With Us? Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part Three Michael Jinkins   “Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.” (Edmund Burke, 1727-1797)     Perhaps there is nothing quite so seductive, yet so dangerous, as the idea that God is on our side and that our enemies are […]

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Letter to the Editor: The Advocate

November 4, 2019

Michael Jinkins (letter to the editor, The Advocate) Submitted October 15, 2019 Published November 4, 2019 See original post on The Advocate’s website, here.  Recently, I attended an Interfaith Breakfast sponsored by our Mayor. Surrounded by ministers and priests, rabbis and imams, I was reminded how big is God’s family. Christians (and I am one) […]

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How Could It Have Happened? (Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part One)

October 24, 2019

How Could It Have Happened? Bonhoeffer’s Germany, Part One Michael Jinkins   “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” (Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, Irish political philosopher)   Early on a gray spring morning in Flossenbürg, Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was taken from his cell, marched naked to the gallows, and hanged. The prison doctor […]

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