Slaying the hobgoblins

Sunday, August 19. Luke 12:49-56

Though I eventually left the Reformed Church in which I was raised, I did so with a debt of gratitude, most notably for one rather conservative pastor who had met my youthful rebellions with untiring patience. I entered the soft light of his study one evening having found “a contradiction” in one of Paul’s epistles, which I held up to him in disgust like the fabled finger joint that undiscriminating restaurant patrons are sometimes said to find in their soup. He responded by pointing out several others I had missed. “So there are contradictions,” he said gently, with a trace of Dutch accent in his voice. “But taken as a whole, I think it’s a good epistle.”


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