There are at least seven passages in the Bible where God is depicted as directly permitting or endorsing slavery. Two of these are in the Law of Moses: God permitted the Israelites to take slaves from conquered peoples permanently, and the Israelites could sell themselves into slavery temporarily to pay off debts (Exod 21:2-11; Lev … Continue reading The Bible is clear: God endorses slavery.
Yesterday I preached on John 20:1-18, focusing on Jesus' encounter with Mary Magdalene. We don't know much about the historical Mary Magdalene, but the little we get from the Gospels indicates she was a significant person in Jesus' life and ministry. You'd be hard pressed to find an early Christian with as impressive a résumé as she … Continue reading Mary on the Margins