Weekly Ponderings

May 2017

We Don't Know

In his book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection John Cacioppo writes, “It is estimated that one in five Americans suffers from persistent loneliness, and while we’re more connected than ever before, social media may actually be exacerbating the problem.” One study found that 25% of respondents admitted they had no one with whom they could talk about their personal troubles or successes.  The number was 50% if family members were...


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Idolatry & Injustice

If you ever spend time reading the prophets of the Old Testament, you will quickly discover they often denounce two things again and again. Those two things are idolatry and injustice.  One minute the prophet may be rebuking Israel’s idolatry and the next minute the prophet is condemning the injustices found in Israel.  We might be surprised that the prophets link these two together.  We might think, “isn’t idolatry a religious matter and injustice a political...


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Idol Makers or Icons?

Are we idol makers or icons?  Perhaps you find this question interesting, surprising or even a little provocative.  Icons are not something most Protestants, especially Protestants in the free tradition, like Baptists, use in worship.  Unlike our Orthodox brothers and sisters, we are not familiar with icons.  We may not even know the meaning of the word.  An icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental...


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