Genesis 13

Missio on Gen. 13: Compromise & Separation

In Genesis 13, I am struck by the nature of conflict and separation.  There is conflict in the land, which itself cannot support both Abram and Lot.  There is strife, then, amongst their herdsmen.  But Abram sees that he and … more »

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Missio on Gen. 13: Erleichda

Erleichda. It translates as “Lighten up.” Of course, it’s actually a made-up word, from a fictional language, which only exists in the world of Tom Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume. I’ve never read Jitterbug Perfume. But my mother had. And for some … more »

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Missio on Gen. 13: The Nomad and The City Boy

“Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the Negev as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai…” (Genesis 13:2-3). … more »

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Missio on Gen. 13: Brown and Barren

He was already old, carrying the promise, his staff, some wealth – that was true – and what? A dream? What was it the LORD had said? “Go? Leave? And I will bless you?” Was that it? It had seemed … more »

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Missio on Genesis 13: Unnecessary Generosity

“So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb. Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold…. And Lot, who went with Abram, … more »

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Missio on Strife: Unnecessary Generosity, Part 2

In Genesis 13, even though the promise of the land was to Abram, he allowed Lot to choose the best part of the land, showing uncommon and unnecessary generosity.  And Abram lived less well because of this choice.  Lot took … more »

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Missio on Strife: The Artistry of Work

In Alsace, France there is a sixteenth century painting, the Isenheim Altarpiece, which depicts the Crucifixion with John the Baptist and Mary on either side of Jesus.  Many details are noteworthy here, but what I love most is John’s finger.  … 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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Missio on Strife: Removing Staples, Underemployment, and the Kingdom of God

It was yet another rainy Wednesday morning when I walked into the Russell Senate office building.  I set my umbrella against the wall and got to straight to work.  Before me were dozens of letters from 2009 with tea bags … more »

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Missio on Strife: The Wandering Walk with God

Of all the things that one might hold dear, life itself is often the most precious. We fight for survival whether we have had good or bad experiences in the world. We like to be alive, and we want to … more »

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