Our creative writing team has been writing again.
Oh Thomas…good ol’ Doubting Thomas. How awful it must be to have one action earn you a nickname that stays with you for the rest of history — as if it is the only the only way to describe him. It is such a poor way to remember a disciple of Jesus’ for one simple request he made. Tradition and history would have us maintain this negative view of Thomas – in part because we live in a time in which it makes us feel safe to silence those who would question what we believe. However, I’m not sure that that is how scripture would have us remember Thomas.
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The editing room is a rough place.
If you’re a writer, it’s where you mark through your favorite paragraph of witty language with a red pen—even when you don’t want to do so.
For the visual artist, it’s the pause between strokes as you discern which color and space to choose next for the canvas.
I have spoken before about what a stunning reform Biblical law was compared to the law codes of surrounding cultures. For example, the law applied equally regardless of social class; whether one was the child of a tribal chieftain or of a hewer of wood, the law was the same. There was no capital punishment for property crimes as compared to the hanging of horse thieves in our own country in the nineteenth century. The law was the same applied to the native born Israelite or the foreigner in the land.
I read the most interesting article today. Apparently, there are places in Florida, and I’m sure other states, where it is illegal to feed homeless people. Let me repeat that again – it’s illegal to feed homeless people. The article featured a picture of a 90 year-old man, who was arrested alongside two pastors in Ft. Lauderdale, and discusses the issue fairly well.
This week, I participated in a Food and Faith panel at Wake Forest University as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The goal of the panel was to examine the role that faith-based groups could and should play in combatting the problems our nation faces with hunger and homelessness.