Greetings From the Editor
March 9, 2016 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jin Hee Han

Our spring issue of 2016 compels us to re-start our New Year with a reflection on creation. The theme has inspired poets and preachers, as well as the ancient rabbis who gave the theme the prestigious place at the beginning of the Bible. According to a legend, the book of Job was a contender as the head of the Bible, but the sages agreed that the story of the Bible should begin with creation, not with suffering. Firmly grounded in this tradition, many of our authors direct us to the first part of the book of Genesis.

In this issue on creation, we encounter voices that challenge us to learn to value the life of the oppressed for whom God cares. They tell us that God has created human beings in God’s own image, and that every person helps us see God in all spectrums of colors and physical manifestations.

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The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind
November 1, 2013 – 3:09 am | Comments Off on The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind
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
November 1, 2013 – 3:08 am | Comments Off on The Superabundance of Impermanence
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
November 1, 2013 – 3:07 am | Comments Off on Finding Abundance in the Quiet Places
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!
November 1, 2013 – 3:06 am | Comments Off on …and now for something completely different!
…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?

Lectionary Notes from All Saints’ Day, November 1 Year C Through January 26 Year A
November 1, 2013 – 3:05 am | Comments Off on Lectionary Notes from All Saints’ Day, November 1 Year C Through January 26 Year A
Lectionary Notes from All Saints’ Day, November 1 Year C Through January 26 Year A

compiled by Remington Slone

Lectionary Notes from November 1 Year C Through January 26 Year A

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on (Super)abundance
November 1, 2013 – 3:04 am | Comments Off on Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on (Super)abundance
Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on (Super)abundance

selected by Darla Turlington

Quotations on (Super)abundance.

Book Reviews: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries by Fortress
November 1, 2013 – 3:03 am | Comments Off on Book Reviews: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries by Fortress
Book Reviews: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries by Fortress

Reviewed by Keith A. Russell

Lectionary based, the new biblical commentary series released by Fortress is an interesting and helpful resource for preachers in that it seeks to bring together both topical/theme inquiry and exegetical treatment of biblical texts.

Book Review: Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman
November 1, 2013 – 3:02 am | Comments Off on Book Review: Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman
Book Review: Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman

Reviewed by Neal D. Presa

My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).
In his battle with a bone disease that renders him in agonizing pain and preparing for a bone marrow transplant, Wiman recounted his wrestling and grappling with the God whom he knows and pondering the future of his wife and child.

From the Editor-In-Chief
November 1, 2013 – 3:01 am | Comments Off on From the Editor-In-Chief
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.

Steadfast Love
August 2, 2013 – 2:24 pm | Comments Off on Steadfast Love
Steadfast Love

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
August 2, 2013 – 2:23 pm | Comments Off on On the Concept Ḥesed in the Hebrew Bible
On the Concept <em>Ḥesed</em> 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
August 2, 2013 – 2:22 pm | Comments Off on A Meditation on Ḥesed, Jung, and Love
A Meditation on <em>Ḥesed</em>, <em>Jung</em>, 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.