Judaism

An Epiphany about Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish and Genesis and the Joys of Being a Geek

Friday, January 13th, 2012

As much as I have recently made a case for Advent, and then for Christmas, you might have expected that I would write something about the season of Epiphany, now over a week past. Instead, I’ve been too busy reading about the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish. Well, that and my daughter came […]

Reader Question: God of the OT Really Be God of the New? Spin it for me.

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Question: The NT makes sense (mostly)! So why does the OT make it so hard to be a Christian? A lot of it is so contradictory. What makes it worse is when preachers read too much into an OT passage to support something in the NT, and then you find that in the next chapter […]

Where Land and Community and Justice and Promise Meet

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Question: I was brought up being told that God is everywhere, and all powerful, that those who seek shall find, and that it is quite possible to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, while fearing no evil. But this kind of teaching seems incongruous with the idea of holy places, or places […]

“Injustice in Health Care is the Most Shocking and Inhumane:” MLK, Jr., Soteria, and the Push to Repeal Health Care

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Dear all, Today I’m posting something a bit out-of-the ordinary for what I’ve typically done with OMG. It’s the text of a speech I made at a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 18th, sponsored by the South Dakota Democrats and the South Dakota wing of Organizing for America, the morphed body of Obama for America […]

MLK, Jr., crosshairs, amygdalae, and agape

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Next Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Quite coincidentally, yesterday I stumbled upon King’s words taken from “A Time to Break Silence,” 1967. Listen. Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his […]

What’s Up with Ascension?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Reader Question: Advent, as you note in your defining of the term, comes from the Latin “to arrive”. We as Christians anticipate the second arrival, or as we commonly say, second “coming”, of Christ while celebrating Christ’s first arrival. In Christ’s first arrival, God offered Her only Son to die for the sake of all […]

YWHW clearly means, um…I’ll get back to you…..

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Question: In the Exodus rendition of God’s self-description, the syntax takes on expansive meanings: “I am who I am” could be “I will be what I will be” or “I am what I will be”. God continues in the passage to describe Himself in relationship to mankind as the “God of your fathers”, etc. It […]

Is God just laughing at our expense?

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Question:  Why doesn’t God make things more evident, such as important life and death decisions, or directions to take in life or in ministry.  I’m not saying that God would do so with miraculous signs or anything, but why not at some point in the process of trying to figure out the next best step, […]

Of Good Friday, Jews, and Christians

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

“Jews and Christians can walk together until Good Friday…”  So says Pinchas Lapide, a remarkable Jewish theologian, in his book, Jewish Monotheism and Christian Trinitarian Doctrine. Now, Lapide has much more to say following these words, thoughts that bear upon Easter Day, so stay tuned for what Lapide does with this notion. But I believe that […]

Of Questions, Quests, and Jewishness

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

So I figure we’ve got a good thing going with the etymology kick.  Let’s keep dipping into the well of http://www.etymonline.com/. ‘Question’ comes from the Latin quæstionem, meaning “a seeking, an inquiry.”  The root of quæstionem is quærere, from where we get ‘query,’ and means ‘to gain, to ask.’ ‘Quest’ comes from the same Latin […]