Micah among the Baptists

The theme of yesterday’s service at my church was Micah 6:6-8, well-known words as well as their immediate context. The immediate context is something typical of the 8th century prophets: a condemnation of those whose view of religion is that it means to practice injustice throughout the week, and then come seek forgiveness of the LORD [Read More...]

Amos Updated

Samantha Field shared some wonderful updatings of the message of Amos. One sample follows below. Click through to read more. Amos 9 : 11-15 When I end all of this, I will restore the communities destroyed by urban programs and gentrification I will repair the decayed walls of those who live in assisted housing. I [Read More...]

Hungering for Justice

Herein is the difference between private charity and social justice, between doing acts of mercy and confronting systems of injustice. Private charity responds to the needs of the homeless and the poor, but social justice tries to get at the reasons why there are homeless and poor people in the first place and offer constructive [Read More...]

Socialist Jesus vs. Libertarian Jesus

James Knight, on his blog The Philosophical Muser, posted the above image, with comments to the effect that individual generosity is better than collective generosity. His post reflects the false antithesis that, if a society works together for change, somehow that means individuals are not generous. But can it not rather show (1) that generous [Read More...]

The Mood of Christmas

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I recently watched the movie Elysium. It can't decide whether it wants to primarily be an action sci-fi movie or a dystopian political commentary, and so it tries to do both. But it is the latter that makes it powerful. The movie envisages a future in which the wealthy have moved to Elysium – a [Read More...]

Physics vs. Economic Inequality

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Getting Back to Biblical Principles

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The Bible, Social Justice, Individual vs. Societal Solutions, and Assumptions

If anyone tells you that one's assumptions do not impact their impression of what the Bible says, show them this: HT The God Article on Facebook   [Read more...]

Interest in the Bible

Fred Clark recently noted how odd it is that some will make an issue that is of at most tangential interest (pun intended) to the Biblical authors a litmus test of religious identity, but ignore things that are emphasized repeatedly. One obvious example is the Bible's prohibition against charging interest (at least when lending to [Read More...]

The Sequel to the Good Samaritan

Rev. Brian Konkol recently wrote a guest post at Faith Forward about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is an excerpt: While the Parable of the Good Samaritan is brilliantly effective for what Jesus seemingly sought to promote, one can argue that out-of-context misinterpretations have since initiated numerous incomplete social movements, which in turn [Read More...]