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Intro to Bonhoeffer Series

October 23, 2019

Intro to Bonhoeffer Series: Michael Jinkins   Starting tomorrow, we will be posting a series of blogs that I wrote some years ago about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.   These blogs first appeared on websites curated by Duke Divinity School, Huffington Post, and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. The blogs, which appeared in 2015-16, originated in articles and lectures […]

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Love and Knowledge

October 17, 2019

Love and Knowledge Michael Jinkins   At the close of worship recently I shared with the congregation a passage I came across probably a year ago. I had written it down on a post-it note and kept it on my bedside table. The passage is from St. Augustine of Hippo.   Augustine said: If we […]

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Living on Borrowed Time

October 10, 2019

Living on Borrowed Time Michael Jinkins   When I was a little boy I remember hearing older members of my family starting a sentence by saying, “If I die….” And I remember drawing the conclusion toddling around their knees that apparently some people don’t die. I hadn’t yet gotten the news that nobody gets out […]

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Innocence and Experience

October 3, 2019

Innocence and Experience Michael Jinkins   Recently I read a fascinating essay in The New York Times by a philosopher who had suffered what her doctor described as a “minor traumatic brain injury.” The upshot of her injury meant that she wasn’t allowed for at least three months to do any heavy lifting with her […]

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Banned Books

September 26, 2019

Banned Books Michael Jinkins   Not long after we moved to Austin, Texas, the well-respected suburban school district of Round Rock banned Maya Angelou’s book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I hadn’t yet read the book but went out and bought a copy immediately just to see what the fuss was about.   […]

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God the Artist

September 19, 2019

God the Artist Michael Jinkins   Debbie and I were on our boat late one afternoon, heading back to the marina. The skies had been a marvel all day. Cirrus clouds, Mares’ Tails, had been sweeping across a sky of cerulean blue since early that morning. But as we turned west heading into the Intracoastal […]

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When Sorrow Falls Upon the Wise

September 12, 2019

“When Sorrow Falls Upon the Wise”* Michael Jinkins     One is tempted to bemoan one’s own era and idealize the past. But, as any reader of classical sacred texts will tell you, when it comes to wisdom, today’s scarcity is nothing new.   “Where can wisdom be found,” asks the Proverbs, as it searches […]

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Is Tolerance a Christian Virtue? (part 4)

September 5, 2019

Is tolerance a Christian virtue? Part Four: From Enlightenment to Domestic Tranquility Michael Jinkins   “Toleration has failed to capture the public imagination because it is not a passion.” — Theodore Zeldin   Tolerance, as we know it, is largely an invention of the Enlightenment.* It grew from a dissatisfaction among philosophical, scientific and even […]

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Is Tolerance a Christian Virtue? (part 3)

August 30, 2019

Is Tolerance a Christian Virtue? Part Three: Finding a Viable Alternative to Absolutism and Relativism Michael Jinkins   “Religious ethics has often tended to brand as immoral and prompted of the devil all codes different from one absolute code regarded as given for all time.” — Sterling P. Lamprecht   Among the anxieties aggravated by […]

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Is Tolerance a Christian Virture? (Part 2)

August 22, 2019

Is tolerance a Christian virtue? Part Two: A Brief Tour of Tolerance Michael Jinkins   “The taste for toleration has deep roots, but it is not necessarily from one’s ancestors that one acquires it.” — Theodore Zeldin   This week, let’s go on a brief* tour of toleration. To get our tour started we will […]

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