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Human Development through Scripture

Prophets Human Development through Scripture Sunday, September 10, 2017 The Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three major sections: the Torah, the Prophets, and the Wisdom books. Theologian Walter Brueggemann observes that these three excellently represent the development of human consciousness itself. [1] The Torah (the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) gave the… Continue Reading Human Development through Scripture

Human Development in Scripture

Two Halves of Life: Week 2 Human Development in Scripture Wednesday, June 22, 2016 It is helpful for us to know about the whole arc of life and where it is tending and leading. Walter Brueggemann, one of my favorite scripture scholars, brilliantly connected the development of the Hebrew Scriptures with the development of human… Continue Reading Human Development in Scripture

Bias from the Bottom: Week 1 Summary

Bias from the Bottom: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, March 20-Friday, March 25, 2016 One of the great themes of the Bible, which begins in the Hebrew Scriptures and is continued in Jesus, is the preferential option for the poor, or the bias toward the bottom. (Sunday) The Bible clearly affirms law, authority, and tradition, as… Continue Reading Bias from the Bottom: Week 1 Summary

Stories from the Bottom

Bias from the Bottom: Week 1 Stories from the Bottom Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Most of political and church history has been controlled and written by people who have the access, the power, and the education to write books and get them published. One of the few subversive texts in history, believe it or not,… Continue Reading Stories from the Bottom

Liberation Theology

Bias from the Bottom: Week 1 Liberation Theology Sunday, March 20, 2016 One of the great themes of the Bible, which begins in the Hebrew Scriptures and is continued in Jesus and Paul, is called “the preferential option for the poor”; I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” We see the beginnings of this… Continue Reading Liberation Theology

Vulnerability—Even in God!

Paul: Week 2 Vulnerability—Even in God! Thursday, March 17, 2016 Paul’s encounter with the Eternal Christ on the Damascus Road must have sparked his new and revolutionary consciousness. He recognized that he had been chosen by God even “while breathing murderous threats” (Acts 9:1), and that the God who chose him was a crucified God… Continue Reading Vulnerability—Even in God!

Self-Critical Thinking

Scripture: Week 1 Self-Critical Thinking Thursday, February 25, 2016 In the Judeo-Christian scriptures, we read about people who found God in the actual, in seemingly secular history, and in mundane daily life. This is the Jewish matrix by which we were gradually prepared for the personal incarnation. It widened, solidified, and paved the runway by… Continue Reading Self-Critical Thinking

From the Specific to the Universal

Scripture: Week 1 From the Specific to the Universal Wednesday, February 24, 2016 The Israelites gradually learned the transformative power of God’s action in their lives, as we see often in Isaiah and so many of the prophets. What formed a prophet was their ability to really trust that YHWH was actively and practically involved… Continue Reading From the Specific to the Universal

Implanted Desire

Grace: Week 2 Implanted Desire Tuesday, February 2, 2016 The idea of grace first develops in the Hebrew Scriptures through the concepts of election, or chosenness, and is finally called “covenant love” because it becomes a mutual giving and receiving. This love is always initiated from YHWH’s side toward the people of Israel, and they… Continue Reading Implanted Desire

God’s Solidarity with Suffering

Incarnation: Week 2 God’s Solidarity with Suffering Friday, January 22, 2016 While resurrection is where incarnation leads, there is one caveat, and it’s a big one: transformation and “crucifixion” must intervene between life and Life. Some form of loss, metamorphosis, or transformation always precedes any rejuvenation. We see this throughout the entire physical and biological universe.… Continue Reading God’s Solidarity with Suffering

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