Category: The Politics of Scripture

The clear distinction between the Christian works of mercy and generic social activism and charity work is often forgotten, leading to a fraught relationship between them and the Christian gospel message. In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul offers us a better way.

The Politics of Scripture

Christ is the Lord of the storm. We can leave fear behind and cross over to the other shore.

The Politics of Scripture

In a world awash with weapons of death, perhaps it is time to focus on the trust we have in guns and violence and threats of violence, in whatever form. Psalm 20 might be a good place to begin.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

In their response to Samuel’s declaration of the character of the monarchy they had requested for themselves, Israel tragically assented to the establishment of various structural injustices. However, the first step towards a world ordered by justice is rooting out the false belief that injustice is our lot.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

Not merely a time for ‘leisure’ or ‘recharging’, the notion of sabbath involves deep concepts of justice.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

Isaiah the prophet received his call; we must be prepared to receive ours.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

Giving voice and hope to groaning and suffering creatures is the political task that we can take up for the oppressed creation in imitation of the Spirit, who advocates for us to our true Sovereign for the hope of our bodily redemption.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

The gory fate of Judas is an unsettling feature of the narrative of Acts for many modern readers. Yet recovering the New Testament authors’ sense of the fearful consequences of opposing the reign of Christ is a necessary task for political theology.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

Rooted to the spot after the Ascension, the disciples needed to be told, not primarily what to think, but what to do.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

In both Luke’s account of the Ethiopian eunuch and John’s discussion of love, the New Testament holds out the promise of a chastened yet real utopian vision, founded in God’s self-gift in King Jesus.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

‘Under New Management’: The perfect way to describe people who are led by the Good Shepherd, rather than by the false shepherds of this age..

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

Resurrection is at work among and recognized by those at the periphery long before those in the center.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture