Defiling the Covenant

Great Buddha (Daibutsu) at Kamakura, Japan (via Wikimedia Commons). Music: Japanese National Anthem, “Kimigayo (May Your Reign),” performed by the US Navy Band.

Should we worry about idols to other gods? Or should we be more concerned about the idols in our hearts that keep us divided from our brothers and sisters in our Creator’s covenant?

Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 1 Corinthians 8:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-6; Malachi 2:10, 4:4-6

 

 

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Teshuvah – YouTube

Ken Rank (left) and Al McCarn (right) in a conversation about current world events on United 2 Restore.

The great thing about going to Winchester, Kentucky, is  the opportunity to reconnect with good friends like Ken Rank. He asked me last week to record a conversation for United 2 Restore on the topic of “Teshuvah,” a Hebrew term often translated as repentance. It seems our Heavenly Father is calling people from all across the spectrum of His covenant body to enter into a season of prayer, repentance, and even fasting to seek reconciliation with Him and with each other. And why is that? Maybe because we need to do this to find the way through the global crises confronting us.

Please click here to listen to Teshuvah on United 2 Restore

Statute/Balak | Discussion on Numbers 19:1 – 25:9 – YouTube

From left to right, Abe Ott, David Altman, Al McCarn, and Leonard Newlin.

While in Winchester, Kentucky, David Altman and I had an invitation from our friends Leonard Newlin and Abraham Ott to join them in their weekly video discussion of the Torah portion. They have been doing this for quite a while on their YouTube channel, RSS Torah Portions.  This was the double portion Chukat (Statute) and Balak. We had a lot of fun talking through such topics as the red heifer, the bronze serpent, Moses not getting to enter the Promised Land, Aaron’s death, Balak’s attempts to get Balaam to curse Israel, and, of course, the talking donkey. Hopefully you’ll have as much fun listening as we had in the discussion!

Please click here to listen to Statute/Balak | Discussion on Numbers 19:1 – 25:9 – YouTube

Who Are The Poor?

Statue of Eleanor Rigby, Liverpool, England, Rodhullandemu (CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons). Music: “Eleanor Rigby (Strings),” The Beatles, via The Internet Archive.

Why are there so many poor people among us? Who exactly are the poor? Is this a question of wealth, or of faith and obedience?

Deuteronomy 14:22-15:11; Matthew 5:1-12; Philippians 2:1-11

 

 

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Erasing Who We Are

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rypk6-e11f00

What are God’s people to do with the uncomfortable parts of our past?

Numbers 16:1-40; Psalm 46:1-11; Ezekiel 18:20-29; Romans 2:1-11

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Bronze Lenin head at the backyard of the Estonian History Museum at the Maarjamaë Palace. (Ferran Cornellà / CC BY-SA 3.0 EE (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ee/deed.en))