Tag: Jesus

Tuesday’s Thoughts Through Art

Tuesday’s Thoughts Through Art

bible, Scripture
Hi all! I was reading Galatians recently and was starkly reminded that slavery was justified through scripture such as Galatians 4. This bit of scripture creates a bifurcation of us and them by dividing descendents of Hagar vs. descendents of the free ... i.e. black folks vs. followers of Christ. It then puts Hagar's descendants as squarely under the law and not under grace.  Slaves to the law, I believe is how it is rendered.  It also divides Jews from followers of Christ, even though Paul was still Jewish and Judaism was the holder of the Christ-following legacy. It divides them in the same way. Jews are under the law the Gentile followers of Christ, for it is the gentiles he is speaking to, are not under the law. These two things have been taken to create racism, slavery, and antisem
Tuesday’s Thoughts: Orthodoxy and Unconventional

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Orthodoxy and Unconventional

bible, Scripture
I am continuing my daily art/haiku journaling practice. This is inspired by Marcus Borg's introduction to Galatians. I'd like to also shout out to Bazaart. They are a very easy to use app on my phone that allows me to create collages for free. I'm sure I could pay to remove their watermark, but naah! seeds planted with care the desert blooms like the rose nurtured by grace         (more…)
Daily Practice for October 5, 2016

Daily Practice for October 5, 2016

Word:  The next lesson in the racism and privilege class that I am teaching focuses on color blindness. Being color blind is that state where we say that we don't see skin color or ethnicity. Unfortunately, what this does is erase other people's experiences. For scripture (it is a Bible study class after all), I'm using the story of the Samaritan Woman found in the Gospel of John. She does a great job illustrating the difference between Jesus and herself. She describes the superiority of the Jew (Jesus) to the Samaritan (her). And the difference between a man and a woman. But what convinces her of his authenticity is that he sits with her. He hears her story. And he reflects wisdom back to her. She runs to the people and says, "I met someone who knew everything about me." That means