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Which bit of the Bible is most misinterpreted?

July 24 at 11:32 p.m.

The Rev. Scott Gordon, Claycomo Baptist Church: Many passages vie for consideration, but the first “bit” that came to mind we find in Matthew 7:1-6 and Romans 2:1-5.

A bird ‘alone on a housetop’: Thoughts on interpretation?

July 19 at 7:18 a.m.

The Rev. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church: This verse, Psalm 102:7, has a notation in the New Living Translation, “A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.”

Where is the irony in the Gospels?

July 12 at 6:31 a.m.

The Rev. Robert Lee Hill, Community Christian Church: Irony is a literary strategy involving wordplay, double entendre, sarcasm and/or dramatic reversals.

  • Is ‘Noah’ movie worthwhile?

    The Rev. Perry Sukstorf, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church: What everyone wants to know: Yes, I did see “Noah.” No, I didn’t hate it.

  • When, if ever, is stealing justified in your faith?

    Arvind Khetia, Hindu engineer with Interfaith Council: Like all negative impulses of the mind, the habit of stealing results from greed, selfishness and discontent. Stealing has a corrosive effect on one’s moral character and consequently makes one’s spiritual aspirations ineffective.

  • An act of mercy or mockery?

    The Rev. Roger Coleman, Pilgrim Church in Kansas City, Mo.: It was not unusual for family members to offer wine as a sedative to ease the suffering of those condemned to die upon the cross. For the Roman soldier to imitate this act of compassion by putting a sponge soaked in wine and gall on the tip of his spear and holding it up to Jesus’ mouth, as the writer of Matthew makes clear, was not an act of mercy but one of shear mockery.

  • To be Christ-like, first, honor the father, second, love one another. What’s third?

    The Rev. Paul Rock, Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Mo.: How about this: Honor God, love one another … repeat.

  • Does guilt make us into better Christians?

    The Rev. Scott Gordon, Claycomo Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.: The simple answer to this question is yes – and no. Actually, the Bible is quite clear on how we should live, but it is not simple.

  • What should we think of original sin?

    The Rev. Joe Nassal, Precious Blood Center, Liberty, Mo.: Watching the evening news recently, there was one disaster story after another, from the Malaysian airline that disappeared to the mudslide where one minute people are going about their daily grind and the next minute they are buried.

  • What do you think Jesus is up to?

    The Rev. Eugene A. Curry, Parkhill Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo: One of the earliest confessions of the Christian faith, the Apostles’ Creed, states that after Jesus’s resurrection and ascension, he “sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.”

  • What do you advise congregants who tell you their teenagers do not believe in God?

    Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth Torah, Overland Park, Kan.: Teenagers rebel in all cultures and throughout time.

  • Is premarital sex still a sin?

    The Rev. Penny Ellwood, United Methodist Resurrection, Blue Springs, Mo.: Setting aside for a moment the voice of my mother, which rings in my ear with this question, we would have to start by defining sin.

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