Tag Archives: Civil Society

Missio on Justice (Acts 16:16-40): A Broken System

A defined code of law is a staple of what most people would consider a “modern society.” Every American student learns in their first serious world history lesson about Hammurabi’s Code from Babylon. “An eye for an eye and a tooth … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: So Heavenly Minded as to be Earthly Useful

I’ve always been a black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinker, which for the most part has not served me well — because most of life is lived and figured out in the gray areas. If I didn’t get an A on that assignment … 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 Loving the City: Politics in the Land of Exile

Exile was a concept directly familiar to Israelites.  Israel, though Abraham, Moses, and David, was given many promises.  The Lord would bless and uphold his people.  They were to multiply like the stars of the sky.  The sons of Abraham … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Place and Purpose

Certainly Jeremiah 29 is often quoted for comfort and reassurance in the midst of various seasons of life. Christians seem to lean on it during times of stress and great trial, and rightly so. As I read it this time, … more »

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Missio on Loving the City: Jeremiah 29

Jeremiah 29 is one of the seminal texts to biblically consider faith, work, and vocation.  Unfortunately, verse 11 is often read without the surrounding context: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare … more »

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Gleaning, Generosity, and Imaging God

Misfortune Strikes The book of Ruth is a great example of reversal, of tables turning in favor of God’s people. Speaking of God, He is clearly at the controls.  That is, God is clearly orchestrating the events of this love … more »

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Missio on Generosity (Ruth 2)

In the era of the Judges, a young widow from Moab named Ruth returned to Israel with her mother in law.  In fact, both were widows, and widows in their society had little social support and little hope.  For sustenance … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: America, de Tocqueville, and Complaining

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . … more »

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Missio on Joseph: Which Dream to Pick

Dreams are odd things. We sleep away about a third of our lives, resting our bodies and letting our brains piece together and process all that has happened during the day. Beyond that, science has no compelling answer for why … more »

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