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In my Sunday school class this past Sunday, we moved into chapter 9 of the Gospel of John. Since there is a focus on healing on a Sabbath, we turned our attention once again to the theme of prioritization of values that I explored in my recent blog post, “Diverse Diversities.” I tried to not only highlight this as characteristic of the teaching of Jesus, and of the American Baptists, but also to make clear that it is not simply a matter of “principles vs. passages”, however much that paradigm may fit to a significant extent, and notwithstanding the fact that I’ve used that terminology in the past. It is our own values that we already hold that shape how we read the Bible, even if reading the Bible (and anything else) can also challenge our starting point, if we let it. One can accept the teaching of Jesus on the need to prioritize love for God and...
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