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The Power of the Dark

The Power of the Dark

Zeta (pseudonym) is a survivor of sexual abuse and rape both as a child and as an adult. She will be writing every now and then for Our Stories Untold, with a special focus on speaking to other survivors about everyday dynamics of struggle and peace that come with being a person who is living a life touched by sexualized violence trauma. Please join us in welcoming her as an intermittent and regular contributor.   On this solstice day, I feel like I will never be free of the repetitious shit trauma that ebbs and flows through my body, wrecking whatever it touches with no regard for how hard or long I’ve worked to knit myself a cloak of calm. Today, after years of counseling and self-care and mindfulness and all the book knowledge that exists in the world on rape and trauma and shame and self-blame, I am sure once again that I am the exception. I wasn’t raped. It was my fault. I made him do it and then tricked myself into believing that I was a victim, because I couldn’t handle the truth of my own depravity. [...]
Jesus Repudiates OT Commands on Oath-Taking: A Response to Paul Copan (#9)

Jesus Repudiates OT Commands on Oath-Taking: A Response to Paul Copan (#9)

In his critique of Crucifixion of the Warrior God (CWG), Paul Copan argues that “Boyd pushes too hard to make Jesus’ teaching appear more revolutionary than it really is” [italics original]. Whereas I argue that Jesus repudiates aspects of the Old Testament (OT), Copan argues that Jesus merely repudiates wrong applications of the OT, not the OT itself. This is an important point inasmuch as I cite these repudiations as evidence that Jesus placed his own authority above that of the OT as well as evidence that the revelation of God in the crucified Christ radically transforms the meaning that we should find in much of the OT. [...] The post Jesus Repudiates OT Commands on Oath-Taking: A Response to Paul Copan (#9) appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.
What Does MC USA Want in an Executive Director?

What Does MC USA Want in an Executive Director?

When a congregation goes through a pastoral transition, it has a lot of conversations. What do we want in a pastor? A good preacher? An activist? Someone who is good at visitation? Someone skilled in conflict resolution? As Mennonite Church USA prepares to welcome a new executive director next spring, we ought to ask the same question: What do we want in an executive director. […] Continue reading What Does MC USA Want in an Executive Director?
Resisting New Year’s Burnout and the Way of Jesus

Resisting New Year’s Burnout and the Way of Jesus

It is a new year. That is neat. 2018: we made it. And of course, “newness” is a Christian theme that runs through the entire biblical story. Sometimes, in the Bible (and life), things happen that are so brand new that we are tempted to forget the road that led to that moment. [...]
Baptism of the Lord: Psalm Passage – Preacher and Seeker talk about Psalm 29

Baptism of the Lord: Psalm Passage – Preacher and Seeker talk about Psalm 29

Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.” Seeker: Why does the Lord have glory and power? Where does the name of the Lord gather its glory and splendor? Preacher: “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.” Seeker: The Lord is in creation. The Lord rules over creation. What else does the voice of the Lord do? Preacher: “He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!” Seeker: Is the voice of the Lord only a sound? Preacher: “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.” Seeker: What does the voice of the Lord give to us, humanity? Preacher: “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29) Seeker: Has the voice of the Lord ever been heard by humanity? Preacher: The voice of the Lord speaks to us through scripture. The prophets of the Lord heard the Lord and carried spoke to God’s called and chosen people according to what they heard. We who listen for the Lord do not always hear the Divine’s voice accurately. So the Lord sent to the earth Jesus, the Son of God, so that humanity might hear the Lord’s voice clearly. But still there is debate as to what the Lord said and what was meant. That is one of the reasons the Holy Spirit of the Lord was sent to earth. Alas, human ears in whatever time and generation they are in interpret what they have heard according to human understanding. The voice of the Lord is glory and strength, holiness and splendor. Each human ear and each human heart must listen to it according to its ability and understanding. Seeker: I strain to hear what the Lord has to say. All of humanity and creation must also strain to hear. Preacher: Yes, it does. I confess, I strain also to hear. May our hearing and our understanding be perfected through the Spirit! Seeker: Selah! […]
Podcast: How Does God Influence Us?

Podcast: How Does God Influence Us?

Greg discusses the problem with speculating on HOW God interacts in the world. Send Questions To: Dan: @thatdankent Email: askgregboyd@gmail.com Twitter: @reKnewOrg http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0265.mp3 Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | ...
Slow (adjective)

Slow (adjective)

Slow (adjective) : moving or operating, or designed to do so, only at a low speed; not quick or fast. synonyms: unhurried, leisurely, steady, sedate, poky, sluggish Every year, January 1st brings a wave of declarations and intentions splashing across my facebook page.  I've hardly started purging the house of Christmas clutter and somehow it seems everyone else has already shaken off the dust of the old year and moved headlong into the new.  [...]
Enemies

Enemies

I have a hard time relating to literal enemies as the psalmist in #3. I don’t think I have a relationship with people I despise so much that I wish God would destroy them but if I think of enemies metaphorically, perhaps this psalm is more identifiable for me. There are diseases that I wish God could eradicate and there are systems and power structures whose “teeth” [power to rip and devour] could gladly be broken! […]
Epiphany of the Lord: Gospel Passage  & Old Testament Passage – The identity and might of the Lord God Jesus Christ

Epiphany of the Lord: Gospel Passage & Old Testament Passage – The identity and might of the Lord God Jesus Christ

Today is the Epiphany of the Lord, the day when the evidence of Jesus as the Son of God is considered and pondered. Sometimes this day points to God identifying Jesus at his baptism. And within this same week the lectionary scripture passages take up the theme of Jesus’ baptism. But for today our focus and setting is when the Wise Men come to see the baby Jesus. Ad if it seems slightly out of step from the other passages, that is because the RCL separates out this day from whatever other passages might be used. […]

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