Bringing the Text to Life

Code-Switching Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25


What language is our life speaking from day to day?

At a Glance

Code-switching is a linguistic skill that allows people to switch from one code or language to another easily, almost seamlessly. This seems to be a problem in the biblical story before us. The children of Israel were notorious for switching theological languages and allegiances. Joshua was not a big fan of this. He asked them to choose one code and one code only, and then live with it.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Murphy's Law Inverted," November 6, 2011, at

Last year, a high school student from Milan, Italy, spent a semester in Phoenix, Arizona, in a program experienced by thousands of students every year -- a high school foreign exchange program. His name was Pierluigi, and he lived with a host family which included two high school students, a brother and a sister.

Pierluigi got along with both Jason and Holly, the siblings. But he found that he spent more time with Holly than Jason.

The reason? Pierluigi and Holly...

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