Shadows of Secrets Past

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“Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,     and in whose spirit there is no deceit” Psalm 32:2 A lie is a secret hidden behind a story. The story could be words, a shrug, an outburst, a lifestyle, or silence. It is the clothing we wear (or don’t), the product we hold in pride, the reaction we have when criticized, or the silent refusal of stepping out when called upon. Lying can both be proactive and reactive: we sell a bag of goods we are not or protect the real bag …

Azazel, the goat that escapes, the scape goat, scapegoat

Rams and Scapegoats as Human Analogues

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It is no secret that I am a fanboy of René Girard and his work on memetic theory. His book, The Scapegoat, while difficult to read is well worth the effort. Also, a decent podcast interview that covers this topic well is an interview with Adam Ericksen on Theology.fm. With that said, this last Sunday I preached on Leviticus 16. I had to restrain my urge to “nerd out” on memetic theory (aka Scapegoat theory) as it relates to Leviticus 16 and how Leviticus 16 relates to the whole of the biblical narrative during …

“Where are you?”

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“I’m just a sinner.” You may have heard it before. Sometimes they add a qualifier to the end, such as, “…saved by grace” or “…in need of a Savior.” On the surface, it sounds pious and humble. Such sayings are often innocent attempts at being accepting of each other’s flaws or sometimes less innocent attempts of minimizing our flaws. In general, I’m fine with it. I understand the basic idea and point. However, the more I’ve chewed on the underlying idea, the more it tastes rotten. Romans 6 has this rhetorical question: “How …