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“Covenant,” Greek & Resources

A recent discussion brought up the Greek term for the word “covenant.” Well, actually, two words were brought up, but only one of them applied. What I heard in the moment didn’t ring true to my recollection of what I’d studied in the past, so I decided to pursue the subject on my own. In my subsequent (re)study of the terminology, I refreshed my memory, confirmed some suspicions and learned something new. So, all in all, it has been a…

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The Big Red “F”

When I was a young boy, my father moved our family from Texas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I started first grade in this new-to-me environment, so it was a rough start. But I have one vivid memory from first grade that stands out. Early in the school year, the teacher wrote something in Spanish on the blackboard. Reflecting back now, almost six decades later, I picture it as a paragraph written in large letters on the center of the…

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The Bible and Immigrants

A friend sent me a link to an online article that proposed to instruct us as to how we as “Christians should treat immigrants, refugees and those in need of help.” The author of the article, Jesse Carey, referred to immigration as a “politically polarizing” issue for Americans, and admitted that the “issue of immigration reform is nuanced, and policies are often legislatively complex.” He then cherry-picked a dozen passages of Scripture that I’m sure he believed proved his point…

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Body Piercing and the People of God

Copyright © 1999, 2016 by Larry G. Overton Several days ago, I revised an old article about tattoos and published it here on my website. Even as I was re-writing the 17-year-old article, I thought about this related topic of body piercing, and an article I wrote about that, also 17 years ago. I decided to revise, update and publish it as well. What occasioned the article all those years ago was a chance meeting with Steve, an old friend.…

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Tattoos and the People of God

Copyright © 1999, 2016 by Larry G. Overton “It is quite popular these days to have a tattoo. It is not unusual even for people professing faith in Christ to have tattoos.” I first wrote those words 17 years ago, in an article that served as a “fact sheet” posted on a previous incarnation of my website. And though that statement was true enough back then, still, getting a tattoo was less common in Christian circles, and quite a few…

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