Households and economic injustice in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves In the first part of this article we looked at how the family is foundational to property systems and economic flourishing in the Old Testament. The household was simultaneously a familial unit and an economic unit, and the connection between the two was of essential importance. In this second part, we will look [Read More…]

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Family, land, and households in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves The connection between the family and ownership of land – economic production – is central to the Bible’s picture of social order. The household of biblical times was both a familial and economic unit. Today we tend to think of familial and economic relationships separately, which has profound implications for our society. [Read More…]

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NEWS: ReFrame in Prisons and Schools

Here’s our latest communication from the folks at ReFrame about their success in bringing work and life together. Dear Friends, The variety and diversity of the ReFrame stories we’re hearing are a huge encouragement to us. In Washington state, a retired consultant thought he’d try ReFrame with inmates at the Prison Ministry he volunteered with. The [Read More…]

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Christmas Truth in Star Wars

By Bill Peel Forty years ago Star Wars hooked millions of people and became part of American culture. With most of the original-and-aged cast, The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. My expectations are high although the story line is unclear. While the special effects are spectacular, it was the Star Wars story— extreme [Read More…]

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“Their prayer is concerned with their trade:” attempts to separate church and real life go WAY back

I bumped into this passage from the Apocrypha (Ecclesiasticus 38, to be specific) yesterday. Looks like the tension between head-work and hand-work, and between church-work and everyday-work, goes back a long way.  And looks like somebody could have used some reminding that sustaining the structure of the world is important. 24 Leisure gives the scribe [Read More…]

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Luke’s Gospel of Jubilee

By Keith Reeves Note: This article is the third of a three-part series on economic production and Jubilee in the Old and New Testaments. In previous articles we looked at the Jubilee in the Old Testament and why the Old and New Testaments treat wealth differently. Now we turn to Jubilee in the gospel of [Read More…]

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