Category Archives: BLT

Learning to Call Myself White

(Cross-posted from BLT) I remember how hard it was to learn to call myself a woman. Growing up, through high school, my female classmates and I were called “girls,” of course. (Or very rarely, “young ladies,” though mostly when we … Continue reading

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Psalm of a Soiled Dove

Crossposted from BLT **What follows is a flight of theological imagination** Psalm 84 The original author of this psalm was a young woman, perhaps a Midianite, who was ravished away from her home by a pillaging army and forced to … Continue reading

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May the Angels Lead Her Into Paradise: Remembering Ann O.

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Ann Olivier from a lovely eulogy at Commonweal. Although we had fallen out of touch, Ann was a very significant influence during my years of self-directed theological study leading up … Continue reading

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Noting Abusive Theologians

Ekklesia reports that the publishing agency of the Mennonite Church (USA and Canada) has decided, after a discernment process with denominational leaders, to include the following statement at the beginning of all books by John Howard Yoder: John Howard Yoder … Continue reading

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Francis on Isaiah 7:9 in Greek and Hebrew

I thought my readers might be interested in this excerpt from Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei (English title On Faith), released yesterday. This is paragraph 23, the first paragraph of chapter 2. (I’ve added some paragraph breaks for … Continue reading

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What is a “Practice”?

In American culture, perhaps because of its historic domination by Protestant Christianity and Protestantism’s intense emphasis on scripture, religion is generally taken to refer to a system of belief. But in many religions, including Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and … Continue reading

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Nominations, please!

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) October is upon us, and I’m pleased to announce that my BLT co-bloggers and I will be hosting the October Biblioblog Carnival. The monthly carnival is a roundup of blog posts in the general area of biblioblogging: … Continue reading

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Those -oo Verbs

In his commentary on The Thought of St. Paul, Roman Catholic scholar William Most makes an etymological argument against the traditional Protestant understanding that the verb dikaioo has a strictly declarative meaning that God pronounces a person innocent: Read the … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 and Poetic Forms

Psalm 1 was one of the scriptural texts that I was assigned in my first exegesis class. While engaging with this text, I discovered to my surprise and delight that much of what I had learned about the explication of … Continue reading

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My Bibles

My first post over at BLT is up: I decided to introduce myself by writing about my bibles, and how I got so many of them.

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