November 20, 2020

These narratives speak of a God who, rather than demanding someone’s sacrifice, stands in solidarity with those our societies sacrifice. We are called by these narratives to do the same. Read more

November 18, 2020

Both narratives of sacrifice and narratives of anti-sacrifice are found in the sacred texts, and we have to ask which path is life-giving for a community and which is not. Read more

November 16, 2020

The unity that comes through sacrificing a common enemy is temporary and must be continually rekindled. Read more

November 13, 2020

To change systemic oppression, every time, we must stand in solidarity with the oppressed, demanding oppressors regain their own humanity in the face of the harm they’re doing. Read more

November 11, 2020

In the stories, Jesus was seeking to help both sides reclaim their humanity and that looks very different depending on which side of dehumanizing oppression you are on. Read more

November 10, 2020

Oppression dehumanizes everyone involved. By dehumanizing another, we lose our own humanity, and when we stand up for the humanity of others, we’re also reclaiming our own humanity as well as the humanity of those being harmed.  Read more

November 6, 2020

And another iteration of our present world is possible where people who are different are no longer feared and rejected, but included and even centered.  Read more

November 5, 2020

If you’ve been rejected by others, your voice is centered in God’s just future. Those who have been rejected in unjust social structures are the cornerstones of the human community the Jesus story announces. Read more

November 4, 2020

Rejection was a familiar theme for the early followers of Jesus. How can we reclaim these stories in ways that today are life-giving?   Read more

October 30, 2020

That’s why I don’t interpret this story to be solely about prayer. That would leave injustice untouched in our present world, and leave those who face oppression daily dangerously close to passivity. Read more

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