Tag Archives: Mercy

A Word about Compassion

There is a way to read this passage that will send you to hell—not just the place of eternal punishment that our confession of faith speaks of, but a life of hell here on earth. This misreading of today’s text … Continue reading

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Forgive Us Our Debts

As a church we often talk about our calling as Christians to run into the brokenness with the help and hope of Jesus. We do this not because we want to be a hip congregation that is on the frontline … Continue reading

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Human

The tragedies in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas have brought us all to tears, and in light of events like these, a psalm like this can come off as trite, meaningless, or perhaps even escapist and cruel. But in … Continue reading

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Piety and Justice

This section of Isaiah has already led us to consider God’s blessing of peace—shalom, well-being, everything as it ought to be. And yet it opens with a command to “maintain justice” (56.1). How do those two ideas relate—the promise of … Continue reading

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Justice and Joy: The First Servant Song

As you know, my hometown of Detroit recently went through bankruptcy. Nothing illustrated the dysfunction and mismanagement of city leadership like the streetlights. Or, perhaps more accurately, the absence of streetlights. Two years ago roughly forty percent of the 88,000 … Continue reading

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