The face of God

Dec 9, 2019 by

The second commandment God etched in stone warned the Israelites not to imagine what God looked like. There must be no “graven image” of Yahweh. Israel’s invisible God would permit no idols. The rule...

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God of war?

Dec 9, 2019 by

Ronald J. Sider’s attempt to rationalize genocide in the Hebrew Scriptures (“Jesus and the Old Testament on Killing,” Nov. 25) is just that, rationalization. Theologian Marcus Borg writes: “The Jewish...

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Jesus and the Old Testament on killing

Nov 25, 2019 by

God, incarnate in Jesus Christ, tells us to love our enemies. How does that fit with Old Testament commands to kill? After Joshua 10 describes Joshua conquering city after city, it concludes: “He totally...

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Kraybill: Human sacrifice, then and now

Oct 14, 2019 by

The Dome of the Rock in Old Jeru­salem enshrines faith stories, including the almost-sacrifice of Isaac. By Jewish and Muslim tradition, the bedrock protruding inside this seventh-century structure is the top...

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Bible: Faithfulness is a two-way street

Sep 30, 2019 by

“Watch your step! Behave yourself! Remember the rules I told you!” September’s lessons focused on God’s faithfulness to Israel. October’s theme includes human responses to God’s faithfulness. Our...

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Bible: Rebellion in the wilderness

Sep 16, 2019 by

Imagine your family has been excitedly preparing for a two-week camping trip. You have a new tent and lots of supplies and food. The first few days are great fun — hiking, watching birds, swimming and eating...

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Bible: Gifts from heaven: a son, and bread

Sep 2, 2019 by

“God Is Faithful” is the Uniform Series lesson theme for September. The five examples of God’s faithfulness are the rescue of Lot’s family, Hannah’s prayer for a son and three texts from the Exodus...

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Bible: Bargaining with God, and winning

Aug 19, 2019 by

The formal title of this lesson is “Faith and Doubt,” but the twists and turns in the complex narrative comprising Genesis 18-19 are worthy of a more dramatic title. How about “Debate, Destruction and...

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Bible: Risking everything for covenant love

Aug 5, 2019 by

In Ruth 3, a young widow heads to the threshing floor. If you were an ancient reader of this story, if you heard it recited by your friends around a campfire, if you listened to it whispered to you by the...

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Yoder-Short: Messy situations, then and now

Aug 5, 2019 by

The timing of information entering our thoughts can create loud clashes. The same week I was rereading the story of Hagar, I heard a plea to not compromise on God’s Word, to hold on to the Bible as our moral...

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Bible: In shared lives, your God is mine

Jul 22, 2019 by

One of the greatest stories of friendship in the Old Testament, a story of choosing God through friendship, comes to us in the Book of Ruth. It is the story of a pagan from Moab who decides to join her life to...

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New law is better

Jun 10, 2019 by

In “Mountains Below the Surface,” Brad Roth says we “cannot dismiss the requirements of the Old Testament law.” Of course the old law is not abolished, but it is obsolete, and these two statements do...

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Surprise learnings from sharing about our holy books

May 20, 2019 by

As part of an effort among Alberta Mennonites to bridge understanding between Christians and Muslims, Christian-Muslim dialogues have been organized annually since 2013 under the banner “A Common Word...

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Book review: Fire by Night

May 13, 2019 by

When I started reading Fire by Night, I expected the usual Old Testament topics: gore, war and law, with the author’s new insights. Or, might it be a book-by-book review from an Anabaptist perspective....

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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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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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