The Death Penalty in the Mosaic Law

During the course of recent debates among Evangelicals concerning same-sex marriage, critics of the traditional Christian position that homosexual acts and desires are sinful and unnatural have often pointed to Leviticus 20:13, where “he who lies with a man as with a woman” is condemned to death. In the following essay (slightly revised from an essay published in 2004), I address the broader question of […]

When Obergefell Falls

We are being taunted. The giant’s name is Obergefell; he is a six-fingered descendent of the Anakim. He has come out onto the battlefield arrayed in his impressive armor. He wears the media elites like a helmet of brass, and on his chest, he wears the deep pockets of multibillion dollar corporate CEOs. On his legs and shoulders he is clad with the brass of […]

The Temple Singers

Who were the company of singers who sang in the Temple built by Solomon? I think many people might answer “the Levitical singers.” That is not correct, because the Levites were not allowed inside the Temple; only the priests were. The Levitical choir and orchestra performed for Yahweh outside the building, in the courts. In fact, however, there were singers inside the Temple. Consider the […]

After Obergefell – A Pastoral Letter

Dear Congregation, Social media is awash with rants for and against the ruling from the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) yesterday regarding homosexual marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). My contribution on Facebook was simply to quote relevant sections of the dissents written by the four judges in the minority. Even though there are some legal technicalities in these dissents regarding due process, the 14th amendment, and more, I would nevertheless […]

Law and Imagination

After the Civil War, the hobbled nation and fractured races looked about for leadership; animosity was high and envy was crouching at the door. Booker Taliaferro Washington, up from slavery, surveyed the rising tension and injustice, foreseeing civil unrest and chafing inequalities, eschewed, remarkably, a legislative remedy and advised a different path for the advancement of his race: through education and work, communal and economic […]