Refiner’s fire, heaven’s floodgates

Aug 17, 2015 by

Zechariah continues the prophetic theme. Israel has been hypocritical in its religious practices. It has fasted and feasted for selfish purposes. Through Zechariah, God calls for heart integrity and right...

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Don’t blame your parents

Aug 3, 2015 by

“The parents have eaten sour grapes, but the children’s teeth are set on edge.” Biblical scholars think this proverb was a complaint by the exiles in Babylon. They were not responsible for their...

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Adders’ eggs and spiders’ webs

Jul 20, 2015 by

What is the relationship between humans “be­getting iniquity” and God as a driving force in the world? Why do saints suffer and sinners prosper? The psalmist nearly lost his faith over that one. Who can...

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The two parts of true religion

Jul 7, 2015 by

Israel is a mess, says God via Micah. One has to search the opening chapters to find the cause of his exasperation. In 3:8-12, he mentions rulers who hate justice, pervert fairness and build their realms with...

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Howling like a jackal

Jun 22, 2015 by

I’ve not heard jackals howl in the wild, but I listened on YouTube. Try it to get in a mood to study Micah. They are more shrill and annoying than the hyenas I heard when teaching in Ethiopia. The prophet...

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Sleeping on a bed of ivory

Jun 8, 2015 by

Economic inequality has grown in the United States since the 1970s. It will be an issue in the next political cycle. How shall we deal with the word of a prophet from the working class who heaps condemnation...

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Religion without morality

May 25, 2015 by

Prophets are not popular. They don’t stroke our egos and bless the status quo. The Old Testament prophets we study this summer spoke tough words to God’s people and the surrounding nations. They talk about...

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Opinion: Christ-centered unity is still possible

Mar 30, 2015 by

Mennonite Church USA faces the pivotal question of what unites us and what divides. The dominant issue in our time is acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the church. It’s a question of what constitutes...

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