Sunday favorites

Micah 6:6-8 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old?Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly … [Read more...]

Godly links with contentment are great gain

"Responsible action must decide not simply between right and wrong, good and evil, but between right and right, wrong and wrong." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer I wish I'd read that Bonhoeffer sentence last week before babbling on for too long in this post trying to say the same thing."I threw out the moneylenders for a reason"Common Sense Jesus (a response to Herman Cain)"Survey: Frequent Bible Reading Can Turn You Liberal"Carol Howard Merritt: "Seven Things Guys Need to Know About … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Deuteronomy 24:17-21 You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings. When you … [Read more...]

Bible stories: Shamgar

One of my favorite Bible stories is barely a story at all. It's the story of Shamgar, the parenthetical hero of the book of Judges.Here, in its entirety, is the story of Shamgar: After him came Shamgar son of Anath, who killed six hundred of the Philistines with an ox-goad. He too delivered Israel. That's Judges 3:31 and that's it. That's all we get. One verse with a body count and an unconventional choice of weapon and almost nothing more. A couple of chapters later, Deborah name-checks … [Read more...]

The Nephilim fossil of upstate New York

I'm not trying to jump the gun on the upcoming Patheos book club on this book, but I wanted to share this anecdote from W. Scott Poole's fascinating Monsters in America. It's the story of what happens when someone discovers a mastodon tooth before anyone knew what a mastodon was: In 1705 a farmer discovered a giant tooth near Albany, New York. Puritan divine Cotton Mather, a hunter of witches as well as monsters, wrote a series of letters about the discovery to the secretary of the Royal Society … [Read more...]

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land

My plan for economic recovery is as all-American as the Liberty Bell and as "values-voter" friendly as the Ten Commandments.Here it is: Declare a year of Jubilee -- "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."And no, I'm not kidding. Neither are some economists, as Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein report for Reuters: More than three years after the financial crisis struck, the economy remains stuck in a consumer debt trap. It's a situation that could take … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Amos 5:10-15 They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the p … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Matthew 5:3-9 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. … [Read more...]