Trusting Labor

What does “Freedom” look like? It’s easy in the contemporary Anglo world to imagine true freedom coming as an expression of complete autonomy. But the biblical narrative offers an alternative wisdom. I’ve suggested that it starts with the gift of identity: we are God’s beloved children. In addition, there is a somewhat paradoxical indication that […]


Generosity and Justice

This week on LectioCast I had a chance to think about the juxtaposition of these two proverbs: Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail. Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor. (Proverbs 22:8-9) Reading these two verses side-by-side got me to thinking: […]

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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 […]


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 […]

Around 12,000 people participate of the inauguration ceremony of the Christian Fraternity of Guatemala evangelic church in San Cristobal, municipality of Mixco, south of Guatemala City, 27 May 2007. The building is called Mega Frater and introduces a new model of Latin American churches.   AFP PHOTO / Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images) (Newscom TagID: afplivetwo097767.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

For the Beauty

It’s no secret that there has been a surge toward liturgical traditions among Evangelicals. Some have opted into the Episcopal church, those who want to maintain the conservative theology go Anglican. And even folks who aren’t interested in jumping denominations are often incorporating liturgy more thoughtfully, or engaging in a range of spiritual practices that […]

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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 […]