Will the Real Adam & Eve Please Come Forth

Drawing of the so-called Adam and Eve cylinder seal impression, a 22nd century BCE post-Akkadian cylinder seal, once though to depict, from left to right: the Eden serpent, Eve, the tree of Knowledge, and Adam. The modern interpretation rather suggests that to be a worshiping scene with a god (horned, right), a worshiper (left) and a symbolic date palm and snake. The original seal, made from greenstone, is now in the British Museum.

“Kitchen Theology?”

Art by Joachim Beuckelaer, 1533-1575, Wikimedia Commons One of my favorite activities — when studying what the Biblical text means for the universal church — is to gain a richer and broader understanding of it by reading what scholars from differing backgrounds and different countries have to say about it. Since the Body of Christ... Continue Reading →

The Delicious Allure of Power!

I read a quote from the advertisement for a Conference featuring Sean Callaghan, on Making Space for Other Voices that is troubling me. Perhaps I'm missing something. Maybe you all can help me sort this out. I appreciate how Callaghan believes all voices are necessary – as in “nothing about us, without us” when addressing... Continue Reading →

Genuine Love

I've discovered that much of 1 John is easy enough to translate from the Greek into English, yet I find his message a bit more perplexing than I expected. Note: I've included my own translations below but reference links to NRSV. We are familiar with John’s assertion that "God is Love" (4:8). I still remember my... Continue Reading →

Immanuel: God With Us!

One of my favorite verses is found in Matthew's Gospel: “Lo, I am with you always!” I’ve clung to that promise from my childhood onward.  I bought the small plaque (pictured above) with the verse in German when living in Nebraska nearly 20 years ago. It now hangs in my sewing studio often reminding me... Continue Reading →

“I Pledge Allegiance . . .”

I Pledge Allegiance to… The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was referenced many times during Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial hearings, by the senate committee members and by Barrett herself.  On many occasions, when asked a question Barrett felt she should not answer, she quoted what is known as the Ginsburg rule, “no hints, no previews, no... Continue Reading →

Go Tell John . . .

I seldom listen to music during the day. Oddly, music interferes with my thinking, lol! But, for some reason today I chose to listen to a favorite song from years ago while folding laundry: “Go Tell John” by Keith Lancaster. The song tells the account from Luke 7 – John the Baptist is in prison.... Continue Reading →

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