Ritual sacrifice was central to most early religions. It took different forms, but it seems that from the beginning humans felt an impulse to appease the gods with burnt offerings and blood. It is interesting that the first recording of sacrifice in the Bible (Genesis 4) was not prompted by a divine command (that we know of). It is also interesting that, in this very first episode of sacrifice, the distinction between self-righteous religious activity and righteous living appears. After rejecting Cain’s sacrifice, God tells him, “Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted (vs 6-7)?”Read More
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You walked with us in the garden
And we chose to hide away
You called through fire, on mountaintops
You spoke and shared your name
The great I AM immortal
Whom nothing can contain
Comes into our fallen world
To remake and reclaimRead More
We say it, we sing it, and we mostly even mean it, but what we mean when we say “Jesus is king” might not be healthy. The idea of royalty in modern society has little in common with the meaning of kingship in the ancient world. We have kings that symbolize pomp and grandeur, we have a “King of Rock and Roll” and a “King of Pop.”Read More
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