They conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises

The lectionary readings for Sunday include Hebrews 11:29 to 12:2. Verse 29 is striking. It recounts not the faith of individual persons, but of “people,” of the Hebrews, the Israelites. They are commended for exercising faith. For crossing the Red Sea, “as on dry land.” Their crossing of the Red Sea as the waters parted …

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Forgiveness

 Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us… This is the part of the Lord’s prayer that I struggle with most. What exactly is forgiveness? I am not talking about God’s forgiveness towards man. That is Divine. I am talking about forgiveness on a human level, between people, specifically, friend to …

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God as conflicted father and the church as recalcitrant teenager

Lectionary readings for Sunday (tomorrow). Nogalski on Hosea 11:1-11 The images in Hosea 11:1-8 depict YHWH as a tender, loving father in a way unlike any other biblical text. The passage’s form comes close to that of a soliloquy, providing the reader the ability to hear YHWH’s internal struggle over whether to punish his wayward …

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