OWAAT July 29: Holding Onto Faith in the Midst of Destruction

So now we’re in the thick of reading Ezekiel, and moving into another month. What stands out to me in this week’s readings is what Alan Padgett has to say about one of Ezekiel’s main themes, rethinking salvation history:

Israel in exile is faced with unbelief: Is their god real, or just a local deity of little importance? Is their religion of any enduring value? Ezekiel’s resounding Yes to continued faith in the Lord occurs along with a willingness to rethink key issues in the relationship between God and Israel, including their covenant history (chapters 16 and 20). This suggests the flexibility of God in relationship to God’s people in history.

Daily Bible readings:

July 29 – Ezekiel 14
July 30 – Ezekiel 15
July 31 – Ezekiel 16
August 1 – Ezekiel 17
August 2 – Ezekiel 18
August 3 – Ezekiel 19
August 4 – Ezekiel 20

Think:

With what commentaries or devotionals do you tend to read the Bible? One of my favorites is The New Interpreter’s Bible / The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary.

Pray: 

How is Centering Prayer going for you?

Centering Prayer Steps
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Centering Prayer Guidelines
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Act:

As we finish reading Justice in the Burbs, here’s a thought that is good to keep in mind:

Causing the world to be more just will require a commitment for the long haul. Some of the greatest injustices of our world are the result of hundreds of years of actions. It would be naive to think that days, weeks, months, or even years will solve the problem. (p. 188)

Check the Think! Pray! Act! calendar for ideas and things to do.

Check out the Find Your FBCO Map to find your local faith-based community organizing affiliate and connect with the people who are working together to live out their dreams of a more just world!

What’s going on in your living of the Gospel? Let us know in the comments, in our e-mail discussion group, or on social media.

Resources:
“Family Separations: A Word to the Church.” Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), n.d. https://disciples.org/resources/justice/immigration/family-separations/.

“Reclaiming Jesus.” 17 January 2017. http://reclaimingjesus.org/home.

Almada, Samuel E. “Ezekiel 1-39.” Pages 273–84 in Global Bible Commentary. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004.

Broockman, David, and Joshua Kalla. “Durably Reducing Transphobia: A Field Experiment on Door-to-Door Canvassing.” Science 352.6282 (2016): 220–24. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6282/220.

Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.

Digital Theological Library. “Open Access Digital Theological Library | a Virtual Library for Theology, Religious Studies, and Related Disciplines.” Open Access Digital Theological Library, n.d. http://oadtl.org/.

Luther Seminary. “Enter the Bible,” n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/.

Murphy-Shigematsu, Stephen. “How to Sustain Your Activism.” Greater Good, 13 March 2017. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_sustain_your_activism.

Padgett, Alan. “Old Testament: Ezekiel.” Enter the Bible, n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/oldtestament.aspx?rid=46.

Samson, Will and Lisa. Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of God Wherever You Live.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005.

Society of Biblical Literature. “Bible Odyssey,” n.d. http://www.bibleodyssey.com/.

Tea, Kristen. “To My Friends Who Are Sick Of Politics.” MotherWise, 15 August 2017. https://motherwiselife.org/to-my-friends-who-are-sick-of-politics/

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