Commenting on Ephesians 5:22-33, John Dominic Crossan notes:
What is most striking about these instructions … is their mutuality and reciprocity. We seem to have spent much more Christian time debating the details of wifely obedience than discussing the details of husbandly self-sacrifice …. It is surely terribly and sadly ironic that Christian tradition demanded subjection from wives and then, rather than demanding self-sacrifice from husbands, transferred that obligation to wives as well.
Well spoken! Once again, this is from God and Empire: Jesus against Rome, Then and Now.
… those earliest Eucharistic meals were not our present morsel-and-sip ritual but a true meal, called the Lord’s Supper because it was the style of share-meal created by Jesus as a meal-symbol of equality within a community that believed in God’s ownership of food as the material basis of life itself. The radicality of God’s egalitarian Christian meal opposed the normalcy of Rome’s hierarchically patronal meal.
Thus John Dominic Crossan in his fascinating book God and Empire: Jesus against Rome, Then and Now.
… what I oppose and what I reject: discrimination and oppression, homophobia and patriarchy, injustice and violence, force and empire.
Thus John Dominic Crossan, God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now.
Yes, I can go with that.