Tending Bodies Marked For Death

Tending Bodies Marked For Death

The story of Rizpah and the anointing at Bethany demonstrate how our care for the bodies of the dead, those approaching death, or those burdened by the existential deaths our society deals in, is a way of reflecting the careful attention paid to our bodies by a God who formed the human body out of the clay of the earth, who knits us together in our mother’s womb, and who will raise us bodily in the resurrection. (image: Rizpah by George Becker)

Amidst all the political drama of the story of David, it is this act of grit, performed by a grieving mother, that is commended as moving the heart of God.

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The Bible and its Inspired Contradictions

The Bible and its Inspired Contradictions

Recently I came across this wonderfully interactive and thought provoking graph, which charts all of the Bible’s contradictions. 

Simply hover over a line (there are a lot of lines) and it will show you the idea/command in question and the relevant passages at odds with one another.

 

Personally, I really like this. I appreciate someone with the time and a mathematical acumen bringing it together. This graph doesn’t need to subvert our faith; it need not send us out into the cold lonely wilderness. What it does is call us to look at what scripture is, and what was the purpose of its construction.

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