“Come, Let Us Reason Together…”

Aristotle taught us to reason from premises. We have to start somewhere. It behooves us, then, to work toward shared premises, meaning premises that can be agreed by all sides of a debate. Recently, in a congregational confession at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, we learned this: That served as one of the major premisesContinue reading ““Come, Let Us Reason Together…””

What I Wish He’d Said

Fellow Americans, Allies, and Lovers of Freedom Across the World: We need not be reminded of the monstrous evil that al Qaeda brought to American shores on September 11, 2001.  We buried 3,000 of our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children over the next days and weeks, and no doubt the raw bitterness of thatContinue reading “What I Wish He’d Said”

Relieving PreacherMike of a Hosting Burden

I’ve transposed a discussion from Mike Cope’s blog to here as a courtesy to Mike, who has been very patient with us.  If you want to read the background for this post, click here.  What follows is a reply to Q and JTB. —– Q, I’ll try to unpack a little more.  But I wantContinue reading “Relieving PreacherMike of a Hosting Burden”

Was the Sermon on the Mount About Geopolitics?

Sooner or later, anyone who spends much time at all thinking about the halakah and Matthew 5 (esp. the latter half of the chapter) has to confront the question of scale, as in:  is Jesus’ teaching on nonviolence, with all of its many different hermeneutical bearings, to be applied to relations between nations as such,Continue reading “Was the Sermon on the Mount About Geopolitics?”

Some Sanity, Please

Liberals accuse conservatives of terribly overwrought rhetoric.  But as is his wont, George Will exposes the left’s own overheated posturing and its neglect of plain facts, among which is this:  since 1952, aliens have been required by federal law to carry identification on their persons.  From the nave to the White House, liberals are tryingContinue reading “Some Sanity, Please”

Pillaging Our Posterity: The Obama Way

The fact that GM is paying back the bailout “loan” to the government actually proves nothing about the overall justice of the bailout. The loan and the repayment are only two of the four transactions actually involved in a fully just arrangement.  Follow the logic in this thought experiment: 1.  Party A is in direContinue reading “Pillaging Our Posterity: The Obama Way”

The Legacy of Lament, Part I

An interesting bit of trivia for you fellow Zeppelin lovers. Beit/Beis/Beth Ha-Mikdash, whichever might be more familiar to you, means “house of the holy.” Now pluralize that. If you’re a fan of “Over the Hills and Far Away” or “Dancing Days,” this is your Grammy-winning album. I don’t think there’s any backward masking (as in,Continue reading “The Legacy of Lament, Part I”

Moral Coherence is a Premise, Not a Theory

Forgive me if these thoughts seem poorly thought out.  They undoubtedly are. —– Brueggemann has forced qb into a tight corner, and the only tactic that seems to hold any promise of extricating qb from the corner is to entertain the idea that the satan’s primary way of corrupting God’s creation was not in introducingContinue reading “Moral Coherence is a Premise, Not a Theory”

A Jubilee Society

Brueggemann got me thinking over lunch today. Is it possible to conceive of a society in which dramatic, decisive acts of forgiveness – think of Jubilee, for example – do NOT invite the cynical mentality of contempt and the destructive habits of entitlement on the part of those forgiven? (Consider e. g. Romans 6:1ff.) AmongContinue reading “A Jubilee Society”