When Perception Matters Most: David, Bathsheba and Hearing the Victim’s Story

One of my classes is on the subject of human sexuality in scripture. This week, we were required to read the story of David and Bathsheba. We were also required to read two different commentaries of our own choosing. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the famous story of David and Bathsheba opens like this: Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taki...
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What I mean when I call Christianity a “privileged class”…

Here's a fact about me that I'm sure you don't know: I don't watch a lot of movies. This means that I'm woefully behind the times when it comes to movie-related pop culture. When I occasionally experience a hankering for a good movie, I either consult my trusty library of oldie-but-goody DVDs or I hit up a website like Crackle, where fairly recent titles are available to watch online for free. Tonight, I visited Crackle and found that they're running The Da Vinci Code-- a movie that like Star W...
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Let’s Not “Agree to Disagree”

I'm taking an interfaith conflict resolution course at my seminary. Tonight, the professor briefly touched on the difficulties experienced by religious people when attempting to solve problems within their own faiths. During her lecture, a certain student raised her hand to share that in her opinion, one example of internal religious conflict occurred several months ago when Chick-Fil-A's CEO expressed that he felt the "institution of marriage" should be "protected" by reserving it for heterose...
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