In the Bible, the ambiguity of shame is unmistakable.
Jesus does not serve the vague “God of everybody.” He serves the scandalously particular God of Israel.
Mark's story is about the irony of keeping our hands ritually washed while being up to our elbows in evil.
Racial profiling: When President Obama was in the Illinois Senate, he worked on a racial profiling bill that led to state traffic studies on who gets pulled over by police. The latest study reveals a consistent pattern: 24.7 percent of white drivers who consent to a search of their vehicle have contraband, while only 15.4 percent of minority drivers do. Yet minority drivers were twice as likely to be asked to consent to a search of their vehicle (Chicago Tribune, July 26).