Papers and articles I've written since 2008. These help you get a sense of my thinking, and how I convey my thinking.

When Guardians Fail to Guard: The Role of Church in Adult Guardianship

One million, three hundred thousand individuals who are currently under the care of a court-appointed guardian have become "legal ghosts," losing their rights - and their voice - because of varying decisions made without their full knowledge. These better than a million people have had their assets taken, been forced from their homes, and thrown into a storm of chaos, not knowing where they will rest their head or see their family. The last time that any article from any religious journal took up the task of adult guardianship at all was in 1986, with no recent articles by any kind of trade publication. In fact, it took a large New Yorker article published on October 9, 2017 in order to raise the specter of guardianship into public consciousness.

Ideographs

A self-described simple herdsman from Tekoa in Judah, he attempts to bring to light the economic injustices in Israel, yet is rebuffed, with likely little influence. This paper argues that this is because, like Occupy and other movements that seek to challenge the dominant Neo-Liberal model of the twenty-first century, Amos is engaged in a battle of ideology and social control both in his time and within the historical discourse of the Israelite people. The use of the word מכר in Amos 2:6 acts as an ideograph against the elite economic and political powers in Israel.

A Foucauldian Archaeolgical Reading of Exodus 1-12

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) had significant influence in multiple spaces of the academy, including philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences. However, his impact has been little felt within the world of biblical exegesis: a cursory search of current research will glean no real significant analysis of Scripture with a lens of Foucauldian discourse. It is with this in mind that this paper approaches Exodus. After a brief survey of Foucault and his development of The Archaeology of Knowledge and its concepts, the paper will analyze Exodus 1-12, with special attention to Exodus 3:14 utilizing the discourse of the early Exodus narrative. Finally, a suggestion of meanings will be developed from a Foucauldian reading of the text and archaeological analysis.
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