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Faith and the Status Quo Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Faith and the Status Quo

Heroes of the faith abandoned status quo rules.

AT A GLANCE:

In Jerusalem and Bethlehem the status quo has been codified and enshrined in an actual document known as the Status Quo. It’s a 250-year-old understanding between religious communities that applies to certain sites in these two cities. Good thing the ancient patriarchs were willing to abandon the status quo.

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Twit-Schatology,” August 8, 2010.

For an alternative idea pertaining to Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, see “The Theology of Clean.”

 

If you want to denigrate someone — a third party — while chatting with a friend over lunch at a local bistro, you might use one of the most popular put-downs ever: “They’re stuck in the status quo.”

Of course, you wouldn’t want to be unkind to anyone. You’re a pastor and a Christian. You’re beyond this sort of backstabbing and gossiping.

Still, how many times in your career have you...

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