Life in Exile

Jesus in Exile

Here was [Jesus] offering up his life and being banished into exile so that our exile could end... The homelessness of the cross and the tomb was being transformed into the homecoming of the resurrected Son. Exile was over, and homecoming was now possible in a deeper and more powerful way than any of us had imagined.
— Brian Walsh

John 1:1-5, 14; 14:1-6

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lament in Exile

One of the most remarkable things about the Bible is that in it we find a narrative told from the perspective of the poor, the oppressed, the enslaved, the conquered, the occupied, the defeated. This is what makes it prophetic. We know that history is written by the winners. This is true—except in the case of the Bible it’s the opposite. This is the subversive genius of the Hebrew prophets. They wrote from a bottom-up perspective.
— Brian Zahnd

Psalm 137

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Life in Exile

Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. But, inhabitating Greek as well as barbarian cities... and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.
— Letter written by unknown "disciple of the apostles" to Diognetus, 3rd Century

1 Peter 1:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9-12

Sunday, June 22, 2014