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The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”Genesis 3:9–13, NRSV
Last time we left off with the claim that an embrace of meritocracy is one of two primary ways we 21st Century Americans like to answer the question, “Who sinned?“ It is a question that is really about blame. We need to know who is at fault?
While in an ancient world built on transcendent enchantment the search for who to blame was all about appeasing an offended deity, in our world of immanent disenchantment it often comes down to knowing who to shame.[Read more…] about Meritocracy
Jesus talked about the abundant life in context. It is not a random saying. It happens as part of a broader story. So if we want to understand what Jesus meant, we have to consider that story. That is the goal of these posts.
What did Jesus really mean when he said:
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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.John 10:10, NRSV
Even in the most difficult times in my life of faith, there’s been something about Jesus. Like those times when my jaw clinched against my will. From deep within my gut anger rose up like a kindled tinder bursting into flame. Rarely opened spickets in my eyes allowed the early stages of tears to form. Logic and reason left the building. My mind became a place of chaos. The lie sat in front of me and I no longer knew what to believe. All I knew is that there was no going back to the faith I once embraced. Even then, there was something about Jesus.[Read more…] about There’s Something About Jesus
If I could pass on one word of advice to everyone who picks up the Bible, it would be, “Remember, context is king.” Another way of saying it would be, “Don’t ignore the forest for the sake of one tree … or, quite possibly, a single leaf.”[Read more…] about Context is King