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Have You Heard?

Have you heard the wisdom of God? Or have you simply (or simplistically) assumed that you always knew what it was? It might be time to listen again. The Lectionary for this coming Sunday has dished up an amazing assortment of texts. There’s a theme running through them that has the power to make us […]


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 […]