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Suffering mocking, flogging, chains, imprisonment, being stoned to death, sawn in half, killed by the sword...(Heb 11:36-38) [A Card Talk for All Saints' Day/ Halloween]

Suffering mocking, flogging, chains, imprisonment, being stoned to death, sawn in half, killed by the sword...(Heb 11:36-38) [A Card Talk for All Saints' Day/ Halloween]

"...we would like to submit that good Christians tend to read and apply this passage incorrectly because we do not fully understand what the “cloud of witnesses,” the heroes of the faith, really represent ... They aren’t examples, they are warnings."

Breaking your enemy's teeth, dissolving them like snail slime, aborting them like fetuses, & washing your feet in their blood. On Biblical Schadenfreude [A four for one Card Talk on Psalm 58 ]

Breaking your enemy's teeth, dissolving them like snail slime, aborting them like fetuses, & washing your feet in their blood. On Biblical Schadenfreude [A four for one Card Talk on Psalm 58 ]

Schadenfreude:  "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others." Sometimes God wants to kick your enemies in the face on your behalf.

Lusting After Lovers with Donkey Genitals and Horse Emission (Ezekiel 23:20) and Ezekiel’s Obsession with Pornographic Metaphors

Lusting After Lovers with Donkey Genitals and Horse Emission (Ezekiel 23:20) and Ezekiel’s Obsession with Pornographic Metaphors

Perhaps we should remember the women in the room when Ezekiel first uttered these words. They had been forcibly marched from their homes. They had watched their families die. Some had been raped by the Babylonians. How did they feel? Perhaps we should remember the women who read these texts today, the women in our churches and homes, whose current situations are not too dissimilar to the women in exile by the rivers of Babylon. They have enough reasons to weep.

“Following God’s commands not being that difficult” (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)

“Following God’s commands not being that difficult” (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)

Perhaps holiness is the hardest thing there is. Not because we don't know how we should or should not act. Or because we need someone to explain right and wrong. Or because we need someone to bring us a set of divine revelations to act like decent human beings. But because we simply make excuses.

Jesus writing something in the sand (probably what type of an asshole you are)- John 8:1-11

Jesus writing something in the sand (probably what type of an asshole you are)- John 8:1-11

While the woman had sinned, the goal of the religious leaders was not in the interest of community holiness, redeeming the woman, healing a broken family, or mending broken relationships. She was a pawn. Jesus knew all this and responded accordingly.

Turning Fine Gold and Silver Jewelry into Gilded Dildos (Ezekiel 16:17) Or the Trouble with Prudish Translations

Turning Fine Gold and Silver Jewelry into Gilded Dildos (Ezekiel 16:17) Or the Trouble with Prudish Translations

Ezekiel (misogynistically) took the metaphor of Jerusalem as an unfaithful wife to the extreme. For Zeke, Jerusalem's dalliances with other nations was like her measuring her lover's dick, taking the gifts her husband gave her, making dildos out of them, and then cumming to that instead of the man in bed with her.