The Chosen – Gen 12:1-3

Had a great weekend at our church this weekend with Dr. Frank Spina, one of my colleagues at SPU. Frank spoke on the notion of “The Faith of the Outsider” – a designation seen throughout the Biblical canon and the ways in which God continues to draw attention to the coming Kingdom of God vis a vis unlikely sources such as Rahab, Tamar, and others. This morning he spoke on Genesis 12: 1-3 and God’s covenant with Abram. Is the call of God ultimately an exclusionary message – a line in the sand dividing who is “in” and who is “out”? For Frank, the call of God’s covenant community is a calling to “chose” those outside the understanding of God’s grace and draw them into the “inclusion” of God’s saving embrace. Certainly a welcome message for a Presbyterian congregation to hear…

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