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Showing posts from March 30, 2008

Centered life

Centered Life: Connecting Sunday to Monday on the Luther Seminary website has a short quiz to see how centered your life is. These are my results. How did you do?

Imagine a life of belonging, identity and meaning centered in Christ that is:Awakenedto God's presence in your lifeCalledto live your faith in every situationSet freeto contribute your unique gifts to God's work in the worldNurturedand supported by a community of faith
Your profile:
Awakened - 35 (7 mean)
Called - 34 (6.8)
Set Free - 34 (6.8)
Nurtured - 35 (7)

Exegesis on Ezekiel

This is my most recent Ezekiel exegesis for my class on the prophets.

Ezekiel 16:1-43I.Historical/Cultural Context This figurative narrative or allegory, from the beginning of the monarchy or earlier, [1]is a striking departure from Amos’ and Hosea’s depiction of Israel’s beginnings at God’s call from Egypt, describing her then as innocent. Contrast Ezekiel: Israel viewed as hopeless from beginning, Canaan her origin. “The twists to the familiar theme are designed to shock…people out of their complacency.”[2]At maturity, Yahweh weds Jerusalem because of “…the contractual nature of marriage, the spousal relationship lent itself to expressing the centrality, permanence, and emotive content of the covenant bond between God and people.”[3] Graphic in nature, an early rabbi, “Eliezer … forbade … liturgical use…though… retained in the lectionary, it was stipulated that it must …be followed by its [greatly sanitized] targum (m. Megillah 4.10).”[4]II.Analysis of the Passage – God’s “Nymphomani…

Lord in your mercy...

We received some troubling news yesterday concerning a pastor friend.

Let us pray.

Ever-living God, strengthen and sustain pastors...that with patience and understanding they may love and care for your people. Grant that together they may follow in the way of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship, (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2006) 73.

Picture from Dawes Fine Art.