In a recent “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I used the “Vergangenheit” episode of the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Crown as a springboard to a broader discussion of the relationship, within the Christian tradition, of forgiveness and trust. Implicit in my discussion was a critique of the conception of this relationship among, not all, but broad segments of the progressive-Christian community, which seems to often believe that the two are, if not strictly synonymous, then at least closely related. I argued to the contrary: that trust is always, at best, conditional, even on those occasions when forgiveness is absolutely required. My question is this: if we transpose that transaction between the Queen and the former King (now Duke) from a human to a theological key, is the Qu...
Genesis 9:12-13 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
The Hebrew Scripture for Sunday was from Genesis 9, the covenant between God and the earth. Following the Flood, God voluntarily disarms, self-limits, herself by making a promise between Noah’s descendents and all creation never to destroy the earth again. It is promise made to all of creation not just humans. God’s promise means we are to be in relation with each other and all of creation. (If you are not familiar with God’s promise please read Genesis 9:8-17.) Above is the painting by Joseph Anton Koch of Noah’s Thanksgiv...
I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings. I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading.
Week 12 Theme: God Restores the People
Readings: Ezekiel 1-5, 37
1:20 – spirit!! Just goes to show we didn't invent the spirit.
1:28 – G*d is like a rainbow
3:2 – Ezekiel eats the scroll. Check with Revelation & John of Patmos.
4:4-8 – this interlude is weird. Lieing on your left side or right side.
5:7 – Israel is a trouble maker. J
37:11 – the bones are Israel
37:24 – David shall be the king. Hmmm. What is the upcoming hierarchy? There are no more Davidic rulers? Were the Maccabees "Davidic?" How is this resolved?