Day: January 20, 2008

I am the rich

It’s struck me over the last few weeks: I am “the rich” that the Bible talks about. If you and I have sufficient food, decent clothes, live in a house or apartment and have a reasonably reliable means of transportation, we’re among the top 15 percent of the world’s wealthy. That challenges my perspective. After all, I had all those things when I considered myself a “poor as a church mouse” college student.

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Congressional food and indulgences

The Democratic majority has changed the food at the Congressional cafeteria, and the Republican minority is very unhappy. “I like real food,” proclaimed Republican leader John Boehner when asked about the new menu by a producer for another cable news outfit. “Food that I can pronounce the name of.”

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Schofield fires most of San Joaquin Standing Committee

No resignations were given. … The members of the committee at this morning’s meeting were quite clear on this point, we did not resign, we were declared unqualified to hold office. The Bishop’s decision affects up to 6 of the 8 elected members of the Committee including all of the clergy members.

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Digging the Bible

David Plotz, the Slate author who blogged the books of the Hebrew Bble last year is now digging the Bible–he is reporting his experiences at various archeological sites in the Holy Land.

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Racism: overt, covert and latent

The Klu Klux Klan exemplifies overt racism. Institutions that claim to provide equal opportunity but use tests known to disadvantage a minority practice covert racism. Latent racism is perhaps the most insidious and intransigent form of racism, representing the stereotypes and prejudices to which all of us are exposed as a consequence of being born and raised in a racist society.

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Warming my spirit

In the mystery of our Lord’s incarnation there were clear indications of his eternal Godhead. Yet the great events we celebrate today disclose and reveal in different ways the fact that God himself took a human body. Mortals, enshrouded always in darkness, must not be left in ignorance, and so be deprived of what they can understand and retain only by grace.

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