Old Perspectives Dressed in New Clothes Today

Old Perspectives Dressed in New Clothes Today

The year was 20 – not 2020, just 20. Two thousand years ago, long before the issues dominating our headlines and news cycles were anywhere close to the horizon, there was a faith community with a covenant deeply rooted in a long history. On the edge of a mighty empire...
Dancing with Covenant that ‘Brung’ You

Dancing with Covenant that ‘Brung’ You

“Dance with the One that Brung Ya” is the title of a song of uncertain (to me) origin but brought into public political discourse by President Ronald Reagan who used it to underscore the importance of consistency in promise and behavior in the political process. It...
Injustice and Idolatry – Twin Sins?

Injustice and Idolatry – Twin Sins?

Studies in Jeremiah have typically summarized his assessment of Judah’s waywardness from covenant faithfulness under the two sins of injustice and idolatry. He clearly joins his predecessors in calling out the patterns of social and economic life that allowed the...
How to Move Forward When Society Exiles Our Values

How to Move Forward When Society Exiles Our Values

“Exile” is a very negative word, conjuring up images of forced deportation and political banishment. Even in the milder forms of some traditions’ practice of “shunning” those who have misbehaved, a kind of social and psychological exile alienates one from the...