Allan Bevere

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Name: Allan Bevere
Date registered: March 3, 2012
URL: http://www.allanbevere.com/

Latest posts

  1. Allan R. Bevere: Caption Contest… And the Winner Is… — September 22, 2014
  2. Allan R. Bevere: A New Look at Four Parables of Jesus — September 22, 2014
  3. Allan R. Bevere: Scriptures and Prayer for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost — September 21, 2014
  4. Allan R. Bevere: Saturday at the Cinema: Odd College Mascots — September 20, 2014
  5. Allan R. Bevere: Caption Contest — September 19, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Allan R. Bevere: Online Communion and Disembodied Gnosticism — 3 comments
  2. Allan R. Bevere: Yes, It Is Unavoidable… in the Head and in the Cafe — 2 comments
  3. Allan R. Bevere: A Last Supper with Helpings of Betrayal and Denial — 1 comment
  4. Allan R. Bevere: You Don’t Get Strung Up on a Cross for Running Around Telling Everyone to Love One Other — 1 comment
  5. Allan R. Bevere: It’s Four Years Later– Will It Be the Same Old Thing? — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Sep 22 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Caption Contest… And the Winner Is…

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/NJ2j2uIYzHg/caption-contest-and-winner-is.html




Nancy: "Being a starship captain has its trials and tribble-lations."

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Sep 22 2014

Allan R. Bevere: A New Look at Four Parables of Jesus

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/zBEyW21zdII/a-new-look-at-four-parables-of-jesus.html


Jewish New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine offers a different take on four familiar parables of Jesus-- the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the laborers in the vineyard, and the pearl of great price.

She writes,
These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners-- first century Jews in Galilee and Judea-- heard much more challenging messages.
Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today.
The only thing I would say is that it is not the case, as Levine suggests, that almost everybody gets it wrong, but there is a multivalence of meaning in these parables. So, it's not the case that almost everybody gets it wrong, but that there are additional gems of wisdom we can glean for these parables. Levine gives to us some additional gems.

Her post can be read here.

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Sep 21 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Scriptures and Prayer for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Old Testament: Exodus 16:2-15

Epistle: Philippians 1:21-30

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
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God of miracles and of mercy, all creation sings your praise. Like the vineyard owner, your grace is extravagant and unexpected. Lead us to repentance and the acceptance of your grace, that we may witness to your love, which embraces both those we call friend and those we call stranger. Amen.

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Sep 20 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Saturday at the Cinema: Odd College Mascots

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Sep 19 2014

Allan R. Bevere: Caption Contest

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/allanbevere/ROss/~3/AWHyZDulhmk/caption-contest.html


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Sep 18 2014

Allan R. Bevere: The Beheading of Christians: An Orthodox Response

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from Father John Parker in Soundings:
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I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount Pleasant, SC, home.  There is no Mount nearby, but it is, indeed, a pleasant seaside community on the East Coast of the United States.

As such, I ask myself: how to deal with ruthless, pitiless, pitiful souls who are so darkened that their life is spent taking the life of others-- and worse, thinking that they are doing this at the direction of and with the blessing of God himself, with eternal reward?


Perhaps I will be criticized for my suggestion, sitting in my pleasant, mountless town, but we read recently that we must receive the Gospel as a child; and even a child will ask how could murder be returned by murder.  Is violence-- individual or large-scale-- a possible Orthodox response?

What were the apostolic and post-apostolic, and later saint's reactions to such vicious, vile, demonic actions?

On the precipice of martyrdom, St Stephen, the Proto-martyr begged God to forgive his killers.  Was there an apostolic uprising following that?

Hieromartyr Eutychius, disciple of St John the Theologian, was beheaded after starvation in prison, an attempt to burn him alive, and cruel beatings with iron rods…which were made to cease by his prayers.  There is no account of retribution.

The saints prayed for their torturers, and relentlessly clung to Christ.  To my knowledge, there are no recorded acts of violence returned for violence. It is the case, however, that with Ss Adrian and Natalia (August 26), one of their captors converted by their stalwart faith.  Was this also not the case with the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste?

"Vengeance is mine," saith the Lord.

We stand proudly with the martyrs, whose blood is the foundation of the Church.  And we beg God to grant us equal strength when we have to face what they did.
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The entire post can be read here.

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