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Thoughts on Old Church Traditions

I’m a bit of an iconoclast. I tend to want to jettison old traditions and institutions that no longer have value or relevance in today’s day and age. This is important as sometimes those traditions can do great harm to the people we are trying to help. But whenever I do so, I try to…

Tiny Houses and Social contract

A few years back there was a Mayoral candidate in NY (click here), who ran his whole campaign on the single issue of reducing rent in NY.  His main point was that the cost of living was so high that people were unable to flourish in meaningful ways.  Unfortunately, (as per the video) he came off as a joke and wasn’t…

Genesis 38: Judah and Tamar

38 It happened at that time that Judah went down from his brothers and turned aside to a certainAdullamite, whose name was Hirah. 2 There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua. He took her and went in to her, 3 and she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er. 4 She conceived again and bore…

Genesis 37:12-36: Joseph Sold by His Brothers

12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the…

Genesis 37:1-11 Joseph’s Dream

37 Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.3 Now…

Genesis 30:25-43: Jacob’s Prosperity

25 As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. 26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” 27 But Laban said to him, “If I…

Genesis 29:31-30:22: Jacob’s Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,[a] for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he…

Genesis 29:1-20: Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

29 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, 3 and when all the flocks…

Genesis 22: The Sacrifice of Isaac

22 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early…