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A weekly column by Debie Thomas

The Eighth Day

Posted January 28, 2015

The God of My "Nadhe"

           Nadhe.  It was a sacred word in my immigrant family when I was growing up.  A nostalgic, yearning word.  Though it has no straightforward equivalent in English, I continue to search for a translation.  Land.  Earth.  Countryside.  Birthplace.  None of these will do. 

           If I close my eyes, though, the Malayalam word blooms in precise, Technicolor memory: impossibly green rice paddies.  Coconuts so tender that my grandmother scooped out their insides like whipped cream.  The heavy, too-sweet scent of jackfruit, rotting in the sun.  The cool, mossy darkness of the family well — forbidden to curious children…

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A weekly essay on the Revised Common Lectionary

Lectionary Essay

Posted January 26, 2015

There is No Them

By Dan Clendenin

           I recently read two books by very different authors that both make the same provocative point. One was by a Muslim teenager, the other was by an evangelical pastor.

           Both authors struggle with what Deuteronomy 18 for this week calls the "detestable practices" of the pagan nations — outrageous things like child sacrifice. Only in this case, the authors lament the "detestable practices" not of other religions but of their own people…

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