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Monthly Archives: March 2021

March 31, 2021

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Scapegoating and the Cross Breaking the Cycle of Violence Wednesday, March 31, 2021 I doubt very much that I need to point out the many ways we practice scapegoating in our society today. We do it on both the political left and right, in our churches and community groups, by finger-pointing and punishing. We are… Continue Reading Breaking the Cycle of Violence

March 30, 2021

Opposing Evil without Becoming It

Scapegoating and the Cross Opposing Evil without Becoming It Tuesday, March 30, 2021 The mystery of the cross teaches us how to stand against hate without becoming hate, how to oppose evil without becoming evil ourselves. We find ourselves stretching in both directions—toward God’s goodness and also toward recognition of our own complicity in evil.… Continue Reading Opposing Evil without Becoming It

March 29, 2021

A Temporary Solution

Scapegoating and the Cross A Temporary Solution Monday, March 29, 2021 The word “scapegoating” originated from an ingenious ritual described in Leviticus 16. According to Jewish law, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest laid hands on an “escaping” goat, placing all the sins of the Jewish people from the previous year onto the… Continue Reading A Temporary Solution

March 28, 2021

The Scapegoat Mechanism

Scapegoating and the Cross The Scapegoat Mechanism Sunday, March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday Human nature, when it is seeking power, wants either to play the victim or to create victims of others. In fact, the second follows from the first. Once we start feeling sorry for ourselves, we will soon find someone else to blame,… Continue Reading The Scapegoat Mechanism

March 27, 2021

Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Prophetic Imagination Saturday, March 27, 2021 Week Twelve Summary and Practice March 21—March 26, 2021 Sunday Moses had the prescience and courage to move the place of hearing God outside and at a distance from the court of common religious and civic opinion—this was the original genius that inspired the entire Jewish prophetic tradition. Monday… Continue Reading Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

March 26, 2021

Joining the Prophetic Chorus

Prophetic Imagination Joining the Prophetic Chorus Friday, March 26, 2021 While the most well-known Hebrew prophets are presumably male, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, the Bible also contains little-known women prophets such as Deborah (Judges 4:4–5), Huldah (2 Kings 22) and Anna (mentioned in Luke 2:36). Rabbi Tikva Frymer-Kensky shares one example of this… Continue Reading Joining the Prophetic Chorus

March 25, 2021

Envisioning a New World

Prophetic Imagination Envisioning a New World Thursday, March 25, 2021 One of the most prominent prophets in recent American history is Martin Luther King Jr. Like the prophets of Israel, he saw not just what was wrong with his nation, but how it might be restored to the promise upon which it was founded. The… Continue Reading Envisioning a New World

March 24, 2021

Prophets as Poets

Prophetic Imagination Prophets as Poets Wednesday, March 24, 2021 One of the great scholars of the Jewish scriptures was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972). In his in-depth study of the Hebrew prophets, he included this description of the prophets which is really rather surprising. We often think of prophets as scolds, rather judgmental and cranky,… Continue Reading Prophets as Poets

March 23, 2021

A Positive Vision

Prophetic Imagination A Positive Vision Tuesday, March 23, 2021 The starting point for the prophets’ imagination is an amazing, positive experience of God. Their divine encounter fills their heart not with cynicism, not with sarcasm, not with negativity, not with opposition, but with an ecstasy that has to be shared. That one experience of the… Continue Reading A Positive Vision

March 22, 2021

The Path of the Fall

Prophetic Imagination The Path of the Fall Monday, March 22, 2021 In spirituality, there are basically two paths, what I’ve called the path of the fall and the path of the return. The path of return has been the message of the priestly class. True priests talk of religion, communion, love, transcendence, connecting this world… Continue Reading The Path of the Fall

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