Be Careful What You Wish For

Chagall's David and Bathsheba

Psalm 14:1b “there is no one who does good.” David, oh David. I’ve probably heard 72 sermons on David and Bathsheba. I’ve probably preached 4 or 5 myself. I’ve heard the text used as a morality tale about idle time. I’ve heard it as an example of violence against women. I’ve heard it as an [Read More...]

Trauma and the Hebrew People

The Scapegoat by William Holman Hunt

I spent the weekend at a seminar on Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities. During one of the HROC sessions, we listed the consequences of trauma. One group came up with scapegoat as a consequence. Dictionary.com defines scapegoat, “a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.” The [Read More...]


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