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Author: Howard Snyder

Parable of the Tiled Floor

  I walk into a shopping mall. In a central courtyard is a beautiful floor made of different colors and sizes of tiles. Admiring the floor, I start to wonder whether the tiles are laid

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Blessed Virgin Mary?

Taking a class in medieval Christian worship at Notre Dame in 1975, I quickly learned what BVM meant. Blessed Virgin Mary. Not Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This is the season when we especially remember Mary,

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Most Important Book of 2016

The most important book of 2016 is The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, by Alan Kreider (Baker Academic, 2016, 321 pp.). I say this after

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Credo: Politics

When it comes to politics . . . Since I believe in Jesus and the kingdom of God, I believe: The Lord God is a God of righteousness, justice, holiness, truth, and love—all qualities that

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What Pocahontas Found in Heaven

Most people these days know something about Pocahontas. Some even know the true story of her conversion to Christianity, and perhaps of the catechetical instruction she went through. But most people don’t know what happened

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HRC: Hillary Clinton versus John Wesley?

Surprise! John Wesley is mentioned several times in this 450-page book. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, not once. The book is HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, by journalists Jonathan Allen and

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Leviathan; or, Whale Theology

“God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm” (Gen. 1:21). There is no greater creature on earth—land or sea—than the blue whale. This

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Restoring Primitive Christianity in America

Was John Wesley’s mission to Georgia a success or a failure? In Geordan Hammer’s important book, he challenges us to reconsider how we’ve imagined Wesley’s ministry while in America. Read more from Howard Snyder as he reviews this important contribution to Wesley scholarship.

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The Problem of Evil Solved!

(Based on a non-canonical hypothetical conversation between Jesus and Thomas.) For forty days after his resurrection, Jesus met often with his apostles, speaking about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). The apostles asked many questions

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