Justice for the Vulnerable

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I’ve been struck by two things recently that seem to contradict each other.

The first is that I’ve heard a lot of people say “The economy is so hot right now!” 

Granted I don’t really know what they mean. But I believe them. Partly because they seem like the kinds of guys who would know. And partly because I see lots of buildings going up everywhere. So I guess, the economy is so hot right now. 

But the other thing I notice is that there seem to be more people holding signs asking for money than there were even a year ago.

Moms holding a baby in one hand and a cardboard sign asking for help in the other, standing next to the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a. That feels new. It feels wrong. And it feels like the opposite of the economy being so hot right now. 

And more than anything, it makes me feel powerless.

I want to help. I do help. I’m sure you do too.

And at the same time, I’ve heard the same story, so many times, always with more details than I can keep track of, of job offers in other cities and cars that need gas, that I’ve become a little hardened to just how hard it is to be poor and vulnerable in this city. 

People are in trouble. They are taken advantage of, stepped on, overlooked, and cast aside.

And I want to help, but I don’t know how.

Or more precisely, I don’t know how to help and still have my life stay exactly as it is. 

So if that’s something that you struggle with too, keep reading.

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Palm Sunday

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Do you ever wish for someone to come and just make everything better?

Well, if you are familiar with that feeling today, multiply it by a million and you will be close to how the Jewish people in Jesus’ day felt. Israel’s history was one of being conquered by one empire, then another. One empire carted them away from their homeland. The next one brought them back, but still ruled them. They ruled themselves as an independent kingdom for around 100 years, only to be conquered by the Romans, who didn’t so much conquer the nation themselves, but backed and bank-rolled a usurper, who was then loyal to Rome, and whose family held on to power by using foreign soldiers in the city of Jerusalm.

You can imagine that this all took a toll on the people of Israel. Not only because of the spiritual damage it did to their pride and patriotism. But also because of the heavy taxes they paid because of it.

Not to mention that every Sabbath they would read in their scriptures that the land was theirs, and that God had destroyed Israel’s enemies before.

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Podcast Episode 4

Here is Megan and Dave’s fourth episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 23 and a half minute long podcast episode, they talk about Loving Our Enemies and Putting Good In to Get Good Out. But they also chat about:

  • Power outages
  • Fried Turkey
  • Dog poop trash can politics
  • Redemption
  • How certain tv shows temporarily change their personalities
  • Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert
  • Proof Texting
  • What the Bible really is

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Loving Our Enemies

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For all of the things we may hate about the internet, there is one thing I think we can all agree is truly fantastic…  Stories and pictures of interspecies friendships.

Cats and dogs napping together.

An elephant and a black lab playing.

A gorilla cuddling a kitten.

Amazing.

One of these stories recently caught my eye because it seemed so unlikely. The two species weren’t just uncommon together. They were enemies. Predator and prey. At the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia there is a Siberian tiger named Amur. Twice a week they throw in a live goat for Amur to eat. And every time, he quickly pounces on the goat and devours him.

Until he didn’t.

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Podcast Episode 3

Here is Megan and Dave’s third episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 24 minute long podcast episode, they talk about Integrity and Love. But they also chat about:

  • Dave’s college job washing dishes at Panera
  • First love
  • Social awkwardness (well, Dave’s)
  • What we are saved by
  • The Crown
  • Forgiveness

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