Category Archives: Theology

The Historical Books

The books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings are often referred to as the Historical Books. According to Richard D. Nelson (who will be advising us for this segment of the journey), the Historical Books tell the story of Israel’s … Continue reading

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a bittersweet farewell

Last week, I finally finished Deuteronomy, and it was bittersweet. Instead of plunging into Joshua, I’ve been meditating on what it’s meant to spend the past four months immersed in the Pentateuch. For one thing, I feel a sense of … Continue reading

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odds and ends

The last few chapters of Deuteronomy are chock-a-block with a bizaare assortment of laws, some of them so brutal that it would seem impossible to uncover any goodness in them at all. In bullet form, here are some of the … Continue reading

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the moneychangers

Sometimes, because biblical stories are so familiar, I forget to wonder about their origins, or even to ask simple questions of their meaning. For instance, the Gospel stories of Jesus ‘cleansing the temple,’ overturning the tables of the moneychangers. The … Continue reading

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refreshment

While Deuteronomy is not specifically liturgical, the flow of the text is so poetic and ‘hymnal’ that many of the verses/phrasings have been plugged into Jewish and Christian liturgy as foundational prayers and catechism. For instance, one of the most … Continue reading

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i did it! (and you can, too, i promise)

Please forgive me if I take a moment of personal privilege to publicly pat myself on the back for – finishing Leviticus! I have spent the past three hours on a lumpy couch in my local coffee shop, plodding through … Continue reading

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Oh, Leviticus, what am I going to do with you?

Kudos to anyone who has ever sat down with the Book of Leviticus, intent on reading the entire thing, start to finish. Whoah! But first, an admission of my frailty- I have only just begun. I’m speeding up quickly and … Continue reading

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remember that you are dust…

In our solemn celebration of Ash Wednesday, we are invited to remember our beginnings and our endings. God breathed the breath of life into the dust of the earth, and we,¬†who once were not,¬†BECAME. At a time beyond our knowing, … Continue reading

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into the waters

The imagery of water in the Old Testament strikes me this week, as we prepare to celebrate the sacrament of Baptism in worship on Sunday. The sacrament of Baptism finds its origin in the Gospel narratives of Matthew 3:13-17, Mark … Continue reading

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a flawed hero

I found this sermon from August 31, 2008. It was an experiment for me- it’s not a first person narrative, but it has the feel of first-person. The process of crafting this sermon was wonderful- spiritually and theologically, and it … Continue reading

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