• Michael LeFebvre (The Liturgy of Creation) looks at the rhythm of the ancient Israelite calendar as recorded in the Pentateuch to provide insight into the creation narrative in Genesis 1. The festivals of Israel are outlined in detail, ...

  • Feb 27

    God's Law, Natural Law, Positive Law -- by a Lawyer Theologian

    David Opderbeck's discussion of law
    God's Law, Natural Law, Positive Law -- by a Lawyer Theologian

    David Opderbeck is both a lawyer and a theologian, a professor of law and a church theologian. He cares about a theology of public law, here defined often as “positive” (human discerned) law. His book is called Law and ...

  • Feb 26

    From Dust to Ashes

    Ash Wednesday
    From Dust to Ashes

    Almighty and everlasting God,
    you hate nothing you have made
    and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:

    Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,may obtain ...

  • Feb 26

    Biblical Criticism and Women in Ministry

    Women in ministry -- a fresh look
    Biblical Criticism and Women in Ministry

    Biblical Criticism and Women in Ministry

    I have taught many undergraduate bible courses over the past couple of years. The feedback that I hear the most from students is, “I have never read the bible this way before.” What ...

  • A voice of one crying in the wilderness
    "prepare ye the way of the Lord;
    make straight the paths of our God."

    The impact of the book of Isaiah on Christianity is hard to over-emphasize. Although this is true of the entire book, ...

  • Feb 25

    Lent's Faux-Fasting

    Too much of the fasting during Lent is faux-fasting. Here's why.
    Lent's Faux-Fasting

    Fasting — tis the season. Because it is the season a good question can be asked: What is fasting?

    Try defining it, and I’ll make a suggestion. Go ahead — in your mind define it.

    Here’s my suggestion: If, in defining ...

  • Feb 24

    Does Secular Society Believe in Redemption?

    Permanent banishment is the key to secularism's "ethic"

    Our day is facing a scrupulosity and rigor associated with very specific moral practices and their violations, so much so that one can perceive here a secular, popular religion of sorts.

    From Preston Manning

    But first, the similarities: ...
  • Feb 24

    When the Bible Ain't Pretty

    Pondering Deut 21's war text provokes problems for the Bible reader.

    Some texts in the Bible disturb and those who aren’t disturbed bother me more than the texts. Take Deuteronomy 21:10-14, which now appears in the NRSV:

    Deut. 21:10 When you go out to war against your enemies, and the LORD your ...
  • Feb 24

    Mr. Commissioner, Discipline the Players, too.

    Those who did the wrong are the ones to discipline.
    Mr. Commissioner, Discipline the Players, too.

    Baseball is part of my family, and it goes way back. My father played some minor league ball, one of Kris’ brothers was a top notch high school baseball player but chose basketball, my son played in the Cubs organization for ...

  • Feb 23

    O God, Who Before the Passion

    Our Sunday prayer
    O God, Who Before the Passion

    O God,
    who before the passion of your only begotten Son
    revealed his glory upon the holy mountain:

    Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance,may be strengthened to bear our cross,and be changed into his likeness ...

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