Martha Moore-Keish teaches theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Ezekiel 34:21-22 provides a particularly poignant image of God the shepherd’s care for the “least of these”:
Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged.Reading these verses reminds me of a day several years ago, when our family visited a local petting zoo in Atlanta.
On Reign of Christ Sunday we praise the way that God has put "all things under his feet." Shouldn't we be worried about such a portrayal of absolute power?
In my Century lectionary column for this week, I wrote about Zephaniah 1 and 1 Thessalonians 5, with their shared theme of the “day of the Lord.” Zephaniah’s account is particularly fearsome, and it serves as important background for the medieval liturgical text “Dies Irae.” I chose to focus on these passages because they are hard to hear. Initially they seem so alien, and yet on second reflection, their scenes of destruction are so terribly familiar.
It is not at all clear that our days of destruction are truly the "day of the Lord." What is the link between God's judgment and the destruction we see?
The genius of Doug Ottati’s work is that he illuminates ways that theology is a source for rather than an obstacle to piety and practical living.
reviewed by Martha Moore-Keish January 14, 2014