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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 […]

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Naming Rape Rightly

This week on the LectioCast I get on a hobby-horse or two. Let’s start with one of the most important: If you are preaching on David and Bathsheba this week or ever, David did not commit adultery with Bathsheba. David raped Bathsheba. In a world in which we continue to struggle, for some reason, with […]

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Son(s) of God

One of the most important biblical-theological moves I have been making recently is to read the Jesus story against the backdrop of Ps 89. What makes Ps 89 so great is the way that it depicts God’s unique sovereignty and kingship over the earth, only to move into a celebration of God’s promises to make […]

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Institutionalized

From the time we’re born, we are brought up to find our way within institutions. Families show us how to act in ways that will be rewarded or punished . Schools have their own slate of right and wrong, honoring certain behaviors, inculcating us into a social way of life. Businesses have their standards of […]

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Independence and Freedom

Happy America Day! July 4th, the day we celebrate our independence from those rotten English types. It’s the perfect day to work your way through the Mel Gibson trilogy of anti-England movies: Gallipoli (all Aussies should hate England), Braveheart (all Scots and everyone else in the U.K. should hate England), and The Patriot (all Americans […]

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Domesticated ChickenFest West 2015

In less than three weeks, the most stupendous, restful, encouraging, restorative festival of spiritual refreshment and renewal ever devised by human minds will be taking place in Big Basin Redwood State Park. That’s right, friends. It is almost time, once again, for Domesticated ChickenFest West! This year the theme is Health. Mental health. Spiritual health. […]