Here’s where I think deep thoughts and force them on you.
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Jesus isn’t true because he is miraculously predicted 700+ years before his birth. Rather, because Jesus is true, Israel’s story gets reframed around him.
The ancient Israelites were as detached from their official religion as are many/most Americans from official Christianity.
Just as the church is made up of all sorts of people with different personalities, different histories, and different and conflicting perspectives, so is the Bible.
I lay much of the blame on schools who boast of their top flight PhD programs and continue to recruit students but are apparently oblivious to the fact that their graduates won’t find work in what they think they are training for: tenure track positions in colleges, universities, or seminaries.
Things go wrong when two spies’ first stop is a prostitute’s house.
We have the obligation to be sure that justice, peace, and righteousness remain the higher standard by which the state is held accountable rather than aiding and abetting the state to redefine and co-opt that standard.