Common In/Equality In Selma or, A Seat at the Diner But No Burger

All human beings may be created equal. Not all people experience equality. Selma reminds us that our not too distant past is littered with dubious illustrations of this common reality. Read More

Punishment Does Not Equate to Justice or, Jesus’ Weak Move in Mark 8

Last week Joshua Steven Durcho received sentencing for killing five people in 2009. The plea agreement avoided a trial in which the victims’ relatives would surely have relived the gruesome nature of the crimes. The Oklahoman relayed Rhonda Rust’s sentiments,

“The death penalty would not have made me feel any better,” said Rhonda Rust, stepmother of the murdered woman, Summer Rust, 25. “I thank God we did not have to go through a trial.”

Later in the piece one of the victim’s grandmother noted,

After the sentencing, Evynn’s grandmother, Crystal Franklin, of Oklahoma City, told reporters: “Justice is served as far as I’m concerned. … The death penalty is not automatic. … Do I want to have to come to court every time he appealed? No. That’s why I personally agree with what has happened today. I want it done so I could get on and try to pick up the pieces that I can.”

My friend Marty Duren asked the question on his blog, “What is biblical injustice?” The question is interesting in that it seems something of an apophatic way to get to, “What is justice?” Read More

No Sibling Rivalry Here – Thoughts from the Edge

What if we understood the story of Mary and Martha as “not a sibling rivalry?” It really does seem to be a bit disingenuous to the flow of Luke’s telling of the story of Jesus. Unless of course you see Luke as doing nothing more than cobbling some pericopes together inattentive to the flow of his own narrative.

No. No sibling rivalry here. We would see the attempt to draw Jesus into the fray and he, as usual declines. Instead Jesus points to Mary’s posture of choosing an attentiveness to Jesus words. The contrast is not between those who serve and those who are more devotional or reflective. It seems the real issue lies in attentiveness when tempted to distraction.

Is it possible inherent in this story is the kernel in each of the texts that suggests when given to distraction someone suffers? Read More