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Abundance

This week’s LectioCast is one of the best yet. Danielle Shroyer makes her fourth appearance, and we talk through justice, generosity, and the abundance of the kingdom of God. These commentaries unfold and evolve through the conversation we have together. This week, we stumbled into a couple of really interesting and theologically rich avenues: What […]

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Freedom and Calling

A couple weeks ago I posted about the connection between freedom and identity. Our experience of freedom, and ability to act freely, is inseparable from our sense of self. Do we know who we are? Are we able to move through the world with all of the strength and assuredness that comes from being God’s […]

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Man Rape and Homosexuality

This is a rant. It is a rant about how we process various passages in the Bible that shed light on ancient Israel’s understandings of gender, sex, and power. In particular, it is a rant about how we deal with passages such as the Sodom and Gomorrah story in which part of the horror of […]

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Dude’s Got Sex Appeal

The latest installment of the LectioCast features Danielle Shroyer walking us through passages about hot dudes of the Old Testament! It all starts with the Song of Songs and then things ramp up with the celebration of the king in Psalm 45. Stick around for talk about anger (James 1) and purity / law-keeping (Mark […]

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What Is Sin?

What is Sin? “Sin is any want of conformity unto or transgression of the Law of God.” That’s how the Westminster Shorter Catechism defines sin. There’s something I really like about it. That definition assumes that sin is not only breaking of certain rules, but also indicative of our failure to conform ourselves to a […]

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Healthy Theology: Loving Neighbor

Last week, I started musing a bit on how we might achieve theological health. Riffing off the following from Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?, I suggested that our starting point might be asking the question, “How do we best love God?”: …theology that produces bad behavior loses its claim to be giving faithful stage […]