Ronald Arms: A Gentle, Skillful Power

November 12, 1995

Once upon a time there was a man who lived alone in his apartment. When he got home from his day of work, the most frightening minutes of all were those spent unlocking the four locks on his door. The main lock was especially costly and had quite a special key. Once inside, he re-fastened the four locks, then pushed home the two bolts, and finally attached the chain. Safe inside, he made his supper and then watched television. Whether he watched news or movies, it was the same -- war, murder, rape and robbery. He kept the lights low and the heavy curtains drawn. It was a dark apartment.


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Ronald Arms: A Samaritan Thank You

October 15, 1995

The story of Jesus healing the ten lepers is unique to Luke's gospel. Critics disagree on its proper title, its literary category and historical origins. Its theological message is also a subject of debate. The story begins with a confusing geographical reference. It is the only place in the Bible where people who are not disciples call Jesus "master." The text also uses a word for "foreigner" not found elsewhere in the New Testament. This is a complex passage. If we would allow this story to speak to us, we will allow its complexity to put us on the spot.


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