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Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality

You might be interested in reading my new article, “Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality,” Ethics in Brief 22 (2017). Abstract: This article argues that the Ten Commandments summoned ancient Israel to live … Continue reading

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Preaching Deuteronomy missionally: An eight week series.

Are you interested in going deeper in missional preaching? At the  ‘A Missional Reading of Scripture Conference’, Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Nov. 2013, I presented a workshop, ‘Church for the Thriving of the World: Preaching Deuteronomy Missionally.’ This included outlining … Continue reading

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New article with CASE magazine: Laws of Inclusion and Strategies of Exclusion

CASE magazine has just published my article, ‘Laws of Inclusion and Strategies of Exclusion: New Australian Asylum Seeker Policy Under the Scrutiny of Deuteronomy.’ (3,500 words) It is an extensive discussion both of Australian asylum seeker policy and biblical ethics … Continue reading

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #2: Excise the Australian mainland from the migration zone

This is the second in a series of blogs that seek to explain Australian refugee policy and to offer critique from culture and scripture. These blogs are prompted by the Rudd Government’s recent decision to remove all asylum seekers arriving … Continue reading

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What is a Christian response, or a biblical ethic, regarding refugees?

A famous passage, perhaps the most famous, that speaks into the issue of welcoming refugees is: He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving them food and clothing. Love the stranger, therefore, for you … Continue reading

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A table for 5000

Benedictine monks prioritised the practice of hospitality. In centuries past Benedictine monks welcome travellers, no matter who they were. The traveller would enter the monastery. The abbot himself would wash their feet. No questions were asked of the travellers until … Continue reading

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At the heart of reality is limitless generosity

God’s creation is evidence of the caring hand of the Creator reaching out to secure the well-being of His creatures, of a Father extendinga universe full of blessings to His children. Spkyman Israel’s worldview begins with a gift: at the … Continue reading

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Immigration and refugees – is the Bible clear?

Migrants exist under darkening clouds of suspicion in Western countries today. Media reports the arrival of asylum-seekers in “waves” that threaten to “swamp” our shores—in fact, the arrival of vulnerable migrants described in terms of a threatening natural disaster have … Continue reading

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Christian education begins with delight (Genesis Chapter 2)

Marduk was the chief deity of the Babylonian pantheon. Every aspect of ancient near eastern society was arranged around the temples of the gods: humankind existed, so it was thought, to care for the gods. Genesis Chapters 1-2 is written … Continue reading

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Reading the Bible in Sierra Leone

Joel Ringma blogged from Sierra Leone: We attended Sunday School and the lesson was James 5:1-10.  You can imagine it was exceedingly convicting to be an affluent North American in one of the poorest places in the world and the … Continue reading

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