Why worship without justice dishonors God (Isaiah 1:10-20)

Isaiah 1:10-20 is a sobering prophetic passage in which God reams out the Israelites for thinking that they can honor Him while mistreating the most vulnerable of His people. We play the same game the ancient Israelites did. So many Christians today abstract their vertical relationship with God from their horizontal relationships with their neighbors and even pit the vertical against the horizontal. This is why I'm very suspicious of people who make a big fuss over glorifying God in the abstract … [Read more...]

Peace and hunger (Micah 3:5-6)

"Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry 'Peace' when they have something to eat, but declare war against those who put nothing into their mouths. Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without revelation" (Micah 3:5-6). This is an excerpt from the Daily Office Old Testament reading for October 11th, 2012. It raises a question: what does peace really mean? For those who have enough to eat, peace simply means the absence of … [Read more...]

Rachel Corrie and the wrath of God

An Israeli court ruled today that there was nothing negligible or criminal about the March 2003 death of American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was crushed by an Israeli Caterpillar bulldozer while standing in front of a house the bulldozer was about to flatten. Rachel had gone to Gaza as part of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), an activist organization that put Westerners in Palestinian neighborhoods to prevent the Israeli military from using live ammunition and bulldozers … [Read more...]

God's Justice vs. Human Justice

Sermon for 8/11/2010 Texts: Matthew 18:21-35; Isaiah 1:10-20My wife Cheryl and I have a conversation that occurs about once a year. It happens whenever I open one of those thank you cards from the K-LOVE Christian radio network for a donation that I didn't know about. "Honey,I thought I decided last year that we weren't going to give any more money to those people. The lyrics are shallow, the theology is wrong, every song has the same three chords, and all the male vocalists are still trying … [Read more...]

God’s Justice vs. Human Justice

Sermon for 8/11/2010 Texts: Matthew 18:21-35; Isaiah 1:10-20My wife Cheryl and I have a conversation that occurs about once a year. It happens whenever I open one of those thank you cards from the K-LOVE Christian radio network for a donation that I didn't know about. "Honey,I thought I decided last year that we weren't going to give any more money to those people. The lyrics are shallow, the theology is wrong, every song has the same three chords, and all the male vocalists are still trying … [Read more...]


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