The Eye of a Needle

The page The Christian Left shared this image on Facebook, and a couple of comments that were made on it there deserve responses. First, you will sometimes hear that the Eye of the Needle was an actual gate in Jerusalem which a camel could indeed pass through, on its knees and leaving any goods it [Read More…]

The Trumpitudes

Matthew Distefano crafted a parody of the Sermon on the Mount, reenvisaged as it might have gone if Donald Trump had delivered it. Click through to read it. There is no need for anyone to say “blessed are the successful” or “blessed are the rich” or “blessed are the powerful.” It is typically a given, an [Read More…]

When You Have More Than You Need

I saw this on Facebook, and thought it nicely addressed a common human instinct. When any of us rises above the general situation of poverty that characterizes human existence, our instinct is to protect that status, not to make sure the path is clear for others to get where we are. We must resist that [Read More…]

Privilege in the Corinthian Church

We discussed 1 Corinthians 11 in my Sunday school class recently. I shared the well-known details that churches met in homes, and the argument that what is in the background to this passage was the custom of people sitting (or rather reclining) at meals to be separated along socioeconomic lines. The interesting suggestion was put forward [Read More…]

Laziness Ancient and Modern

In an essay earlier this semester, a student quoted Proverbs 18:9 as evidence that laziness was viewed negatively in ancient Israel, expressing themselves in a modern way which seemed to envisage someone who relies on handouts or the system and refuses to work. Prov. 18:9 says: One who is slack in work is close kin to [Read More…]

Sermon on the Amount

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Faith that Moves Mountains

David Hayward's latest cartoon has a real life story behind it. Dashrath Manjhi lived in a remote part of Bihar, India. Because of a mountain range with no road through it, when his wife needed urgent medical help, she died, because help could not reach her in time. And so he spent more than the [Read More…]

The Dogmatic Young Theologian

And as Jesus was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I believe to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, [Read More…]

Income Inequality

As I was gearing up for the second class period focused on The Communist Manifesto in my First Year Seminar course, this video came to my attention on several blogs I subscribe to. How can anyone think that this degree of inequity is acceptable? And it pales in comparison to the inequity that exists on [Read More…]

Go, Redistribute Your Wealth to the Poor, and Follow Me

From the web cartoon series Shortpacked.   [Read more…]