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The Steep Price of Grace, Sojourners Magazine/February 2006

The Steep Price of Grace, Sojourners Magazine/February 2006

Larry Rasmussen wrote this article at Sojourners in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Deiterich Bonhoeffer. (You may need to register to read the article. It's free) It may seem strange that I, rather than Wendy, should be posting this. I guess I was lucky enough to find the article first.

My take on the Cheney shooting incident

Anybody who's spent any time at all reading the posts here will know that I am no fan of the current administration. My default reaction on hearing any news related to Bush or Cheney is one of mistrust.

Having said that, however, I think that liberals do themselve a disservice by going after Cheney like attack dogs. In doing so, they appear to be no better than the republicans who went on the witch-hunt against Clinton when he was president, over the Lewinski incident. It was wrong then, and it's wrong now. Nobody, as far as I know, has said that this was anything but an accident. Gleefully jumping on the fact that Cheney didn't have some obscure $7.00 addendum to his hunting license is not helping anyone. Questioning the timeline of how things happened is more reasonable, but, in my opinion, the effectiveness of this has been blunted by these earlier attempts to find anything even vaguely off to pounce on.

OYB February 15

February 15th readings

Exodus 39:14 and Exodus 39:30

Sordid Lives cast

As Wendy mentioned on her blog, Kyle has announced the cast list for "Sordid Lives" at BLT. I think it's going to be a really good show.

A poem

In memory of a broken trust

It didn’t seem like much.
Just a small bit of plastic, really.
It took only a small effort to shatter it.
So satisfying to see the
pieces fly about the room

In the wake of the violence,
shards are all that remain
Large chunks, easy to recognize,
small bits, lurking in a corner
All sharp edged, all broken,
beyond repair

Happy Valentine's Day

To my incredible wife:

We can't be together this Valentine's day, but I want you to know that you're in my thoughts and my heart.

I chose this picture because it reminds me of the yellow roses from our wedding. Given the chance, I would do it all over again.

One Year Bible Blog: February 13th readings

One Year Bible Blog: February 13th readings

Exodus 36:1-7

The only thing I an say is "Wow!" The people were so grateful for what God had done for them, that they offered up far more than was needed for God's purposes, so the leaders told them to stop giving! Wouldn't that be a nice problem to have in our churches today? But then, would we have the integrity of Moses and the artisans to tell the people, "Stop. We have enough."

Psalm 32

Today's reading for the Bible in a Year includes Psalm 32. A few months ago, I took part in a worship service which was centered on the theme of the Psalms. People were asked to find a psalm that spoke to them for whatever reason, to read it aloud, and say just a few words about what they thought God was saying to them through it.

Speaking out against Bush

Yesterday, wnile listening to NPR, I heard a report about President Bush mentioning in a speech that a planned terrorist attack against a building in LA had been thwarted in 2002. The reporting focused mostly on the mayor of LA's outrage at not knowing the details of this long ago. My reaction was anger.

OYB for Feb 9th

I've been rather slack in my postings. But I've been doing the reading - honest! ;)

The thing than jumped out at me today was in Exodus 29:10-19, which describes the preparation of the bull and the rams for sacrifice. In particular, " ... and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ..."


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