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December 2014

What's the big deal about covenant? (Dec 2 '14)

Imagine living in a situation where "whatever works for me" dictates ethics. No business contracts are enforced (except perhaps by fists). Loans get repaid if things work out well, and "it's too bad" if they don't. Conflicts get resolved by intimidation or separation. This legacy from animism, which our friends in western Ethiopia have inherited, blocks peace, community development, and economic progress, to say nothing about Christian maturity and the ability to be a joyful and redemptive community. Among some of our friends in Ethiopia this legacy is now crumbling in the face of covenant,... [more]