Examining the Meaning of the Cross, Part IV: The Symbols of the Hebrew Scriptures in the Crucifixion

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on March, 24 2011

The first narrative account of Jesus’ crucifixion in the Bible is found in the gospel of Mark written some 40-43 years, or approximately two generations, after the events it …

Should this Column Deal with Political Issues?

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on February, 24 2011

I value the letters I receive from my readers.  They often offer me new perspectives, bringing to my attention new facts that contribute significantly to my understanding or challenge …

Why I Value Valentine’s Day and How I Lost my Hat on Broadway

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on February, 17 2011

On February 14, I took my wife to the Valentine concert at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. This concert featured the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the …

Milton Reese LeRoy, 1922-2010

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on February, 3 2011

He was competent, but gentle; successful, but not aggressive; genuine without being pretentious.  His name was Milton Reese LeRoy.  He graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina in 1943 as …

Watching the United Kingdom Wrestle with its Deficit

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on January, 26 2011

All economic downturns have political ramifications. What the actual effect will be is determined to some degree by the psyche of the nation itself.  In the Great depression of …

The Origins of the Bible, Part IX: The Judges – Transition Between the Law and the Prophets

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on August, 7 2008

When one initiates a series of columns on the origins of the Bible and how it came to be written, there are inevitably times when there are transitions. They are not the most exciting part of the story, but they are essential if one is going to hear the story in its entirety. We come to such a transition part of the story in this column. Let me set the stage.

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