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Lessons from Isaiah’s Call

The Book of Isaiah begins with Isaiah receiving a vision of the future of the kingdom of Judah. The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and … Continue reading

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Jonah

Judaism is strictly monotheistic. God is an absolute one, indivisible, and incomparable being who is the ultimate cause of all existence. It follows that so called “foreign gods,” according to the Babylonian Talmud, simply don’t exist. The story of Jonah … Continue reading

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An Exercise in Containing God

For our Jewish neighbors Yom Kippur, their Day of Atonement, fell this year on October 11th and 12. Five days after Yom Kippur, they entered a week long festival call Sukkot. Sukkot is a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts.” … Continue reading

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Young David

In the Sixty ninth Psalm David describes himself as a poor, despised and lowly individual who lacks even a single friend to comfort him. More numerous than the hairs on my head are those who hate me without reason… Must … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Golden Calf is Just a Golden Calf

How the Book of Exodus begins seems strangely contemporary. An ethnic group which had migrated to Egypt became so numerous that some Egyptians worried that should war break out with one of their neighbors these aliens would become a fifth … Continue reading

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Lessons from Passover

Lessons from Passover When it comes to the time of Passover we Christians naturally focus on the events of Holy Week and as a result miss much of the important lessons that are embedded in the story of Passover itself. … Continue reading

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Abram and God

The stage on which God’s action takes place in the first eleven chapters of Genesis is the whole world. In the beginning all of creation is declared good but wickedness and violence raise their ugly heads and God determines to … Continue reading

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Nine Eleven Fifteen Years Later

We remain resolved to reject extreme ideologies that perversely misuse religion to justify indefensible attacks on innocent people and to embrace persons of all religions, including our Muslim neighbors, and to welcome refugees seeking safety.   Before 9/11 the average … Continue reading

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A Slave Named Profitable

A Slave Named Profitable Tradition has it that the Apostle Paul wrote this personal letter to Philemon, a slave holder and leader the church in Colossae in the year 61. At the time when Paul was living under house arrest … Continue reading

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Preferring Our Delusions

  These stories are sign posts that have immediate, obvious relevance, and provide a deep well of possibility of resonance, if not for comprehension now, then for later, and for generations to come. They testify to a continuous presence of … Continue reading

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