I Give D.C. Beggars the Cold Shoulder, But Then Turn It Over and Over in My Head...

Jan 3, 2012 by

I didn’t raise my eyes from my reading as I shook my head in response. I was transferring metro lines, waiting for the next train. His request for “a few dollars” for exit fare caused little outward effect on me, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Maybe he approached me because I was dressed professionally. I didn’t raise my gaze to even register what he looked like, let alone what he was wearing. I’m sure it was a stark contrast to my designer coat crowned with a vintage cameo broach. My feet were slipped into sensible heels, my shoulder supported a knock-off purse and my fingers held the scriptures. I had a crazy dream this morning that my psyche was trying to process and resolve. It caused me to sleep in so...

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Clothing the Nakedness of My Scriptures...

Feb 25, 2011 by

For my most recent birthday I asked my parents to get me new scriptures. I wanted the compact version where the Bible is a separate book from my “triple combination,” which includes the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.  My last set of scriptures were also the compact version, but all four books of scripture were combined to make a massive brick.  Depending on the direction and time of my study, sometimes I only want to carry one or the other. I also wanted a new set because my preceding set are beautifully marked up. This isn’t a bad thing, but when I read them, I am reminded of the ideas I’ve had in the past instead of seeking new inspiration. It’s been challenging reading from naked pages, but...

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Why I’m Not Disillusioned by Sketchy Scriptures...

Feb 8, 2011 by

This last week in my Religion and Politics in the U.S. class at Georgetown University, my professor illustrated varying approaches to biblical interpretation utilizing the topic of slavery. She explained that especially before and during the Civil War, people justified the existence and perpetuation of slavery with text from the Bible. It’s all over the place. One powerful example is Paul’s slave convert Onesimus. When he ran away from his master, Paul encouraged the human property to return to his master (Philemon 1:10) . I would be floored if anyone used the Bible today to justify human enslavement. She described how abolitionists and others prior and during the Civil War employed a thematic reading of the Bible. The Old Testament’s overall theme is justice and the New Testament’s is love. In this topic’s case,...

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