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Salt and Light and Riddles

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do…

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A Theology of Play and the Persecuted

Blessed are you when they reproach you and do all evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because your reward is great in heaven: for they did the same thing to the prophets before you. -Matthew 5:11-12 A year or so ago, I started to go through the Sermon on the Mount…

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The Blessed Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus started out his inaugural sermon in Matthew’s retelling with a promise that those we know as poor are the ones who possess the kingdom of heaven. The crowd immediately knew that this was a different type of teacher…

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Kelly Gissendaner and the Ethics of Execution

Last weekend I was mindlessly flipping through my Facebook feed when I came across the petition to grant clemency to Kelly Gissendaner, the Georgian woman whose execution date was originally set for Feb. 25, 2015. As I read the emotional plea to join in the effort to grant Gissendaner a chance to live out her…