Confessions of a Scapegoat

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The Scapegoat, William Holman Hunt, 1854, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, via Wikimedia Commons.

We think of a scapegoat as someone who takes the blame for someone else. That’s the opposite of what we see in scripture about scapegoats. They’re actually the ones who go free after another goat is sacrificed in their place. Or do they really go free? Considering the burdens they bear, one wonders which of the two goats is truly the free one.

Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezekiel 20:2-20, 22:1-19; Matthew 5:17-48; Romans 7:14-25; Hebrews 13:11-16

Click here to listen to the podcast: Confessions of a Scapegoat

Click here to download the transcript: Confessions of a Scapegoat.pdf

Music: “There Is A Redeemer,” Keith Green, Greatest Hits, Sparrow Records 2008.

Evil Twins

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Nana Visitor as Major Kira Nerys (L) and Intendant Kira (R), her villainous alternate self in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Crossover.” Photo via Star Trek Facebook page, from “Cadet Training: ‘Crossover,'” Jay Stobie,, February 18, 2019 .

We disapprove of evil people because they do things that are evil. Does that mean we disapprove of ourselves when we do the same kind of evil things?

Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7; Matthew 11:12; Romans 7:7-25, 9:10-13

Click here to listen to the podcast: Evil Twins

Click here to download the transcript: Evil Twins.pdf

Music: “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” Dennis McCarthy, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, 100 Greatest TV Themes (The Ultimate Television Themes Collection), Silva Screen 2002.

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