The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind
by Chris Shelton
“Jesus said: “Let’s take the boat out into deeper waters.” So out they go and then toss their nets into the depths. Suddenly, their nets are full to the point of breaking…. But the story doesn’t end here, for Discipleship begins not when they haul in the abundance–but when they leave it all behind and follow him.
The Superabundance of Impermanence
by Henry W. Morisada Rietz
This article examines a debate within the Biblical wisdom tradition, which derives its truths by observing the natural and social world. While many sayings in Proverbs portray the world as operating by the principles of cause and effect, the Teacher in Ecclesiastes charges the reader to experience the superabundance in our daily lives.
Finding Abundance in the Quiet Places
by Mieke Vandersall
The theme of abundance is one with which many struggle and some even doubt, but is the problem with how we perceive abundance because we want physical resources to shower on us? God’s grace abounds in our lives; however, sharing resources with others is our job.
…and now for something completely different!
by Bill Elkins
Using Monty Python as his muse and Jesus as his guide, the author notes that these parables are completely different from Monty Python’s story of exploding overindulgence. But does it matter that “something completely different” is possible? In this consumptive addictive culture what can keep us from exploding from overindulgent overconsumption?
From the Editor-In-Chief
By Jin Hee Han
As our new issue on SUPERABUNDANCE comes to light, the fall season is firmly in place. It is the time of harvest with the bountiful gifts of heaven. Superabundance is a generous giver that gives without expecting anything in return. We are charged to be good stewards of the good news of the reign of God, from whom superabundance flows.
by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld
Helpful examples of Cḥesed expressed in human relationships are in the stories of Ruth and Naomi and of David and Jonathan. These help us to understand the fullness of God’s Cḥesed, which is steadfast and therefore abundantly greater than any human expressions.
On the Concept Ḥesed in the Hebrew Bible
by Baruch A. Levine
The meaning of Ḥesed has been studied by Sages and scholars since antiquity. It operates on two planes: human-to-human, and human-to-divine, where Ḥesed is an attribute of God. The Hebrew noun Ḥesed has no known etymology; we learn its meaning entirely from context and usage.
A Meditation on Ḥesed, Jung, and Love
by Kang-Yup Na
This intriguing study explores three complex concepts that overlap yet remain distinctive aspects of our relationships with one another and with God. “Jung” is not a person but a Korean understanding of spiritual connections to one another.