Author Archives: Thomas Kent

Ruth In, Syrians Out

In and through the sheltering and kind presence of God, Ruth is given the grace to devote herself fully to work.  The scripture says, “So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except a short rest.” … more »

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Missio on Daniel: Making Jeremiah 29 Work

The story of Daniel teaches us that it is possible to live a faithful life even during exile in a pagan land and amidst a culture antithetical to God’s law.  As if spurred on by Jeremiah 29, with competence and … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Planning to Be Here Awhile

Jeremiah 29 gives us a bold exhortation to plan, with redemptive imagination, for the long-haul of life in a broken world.  While imprisoned for his work as a pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to his fiancé Maria, saying, “Our marriage must … more »

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Missio on Joseph: The Means Matter

In Genesis 41 Joseph rises to unimaginable power over Egypt, being second only to Pharaoh, and through his wise governance as Egypt’s grand steward, Egypt is saved from famine, as is the whole known world.  This rise to power, however, … more »

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Missio on Strife: Federalist No. 10 and Genesis 13

“Is not the whole land before you?” In Congress, a culture of political strife clouds the atmosphere as spiteful statements daily crackle off flaming tongues.  Congress is a combat zone where politicians throw deadly verbal grenades, launch legislative bazookas seeking to … more »

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