Archive for February 2012

Dysfunctional Gods

February 14, 2012

Rachel stole her father’s household gods” (Genesis 31:19). Jacob is on the run again in today’s Old Testament reading. Only this time it’s at the Lord’s bidding: “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Laban, the father of Jacob’s two wives, has become suspicious because of accusations Laban’s sons have been making about Jacob. Gossip, innuendo, backbiting, jealousy – you know, typical family stuff. Rachel and Leah have had enough of their father, and so welcome the opportunity to leave home: “Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.” Rachel and Leah were “sold” to Jacob for seven years of labor each. Understandably, they felt used and exploited. (more…)


February 8, 2012

Is it possible to change someone’s mind – specifically, one’s own? In today’s epistle reading the apostle Paul responds with a resounding, “Yes!” This is one of those perks that we’re all entitled to because of Jesus’ resurrection. “Transformation” is one of those foretastes of the resurrection we get to experience before Jesus comes back. Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

The Greek word for “transformation” is almost exactly like the English word “metamorphosis.” This same word is used to describe what happened to Jesus when he and three of his disciples went up on a mountain one day to pray. He was transfigured or transformed. (more…)