Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - March 22, 2018
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Original Sin, part 30
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes:

Chip and I handed out 1200 CVA booklets at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock this afternoon before the Winter Jam concert, and another 800 tonight after the event.


2. Original Sin, part 30

Jesus’ death and resurrection offer important insights into the scapegoating mechanism and how the human predilection to participate in scapegoating might be overcome.

It appears that the disruption in the Temple initiated the sequence of events that led to Jesus’ execution. Jesus interfered with the violent Temple sacrifices by turning over the money changers’ tables (Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:15) and driving out the animals slated for sacrifice (John 2:15). The angered chief priests and scribes sought to kill Jesus, but they refrained from arresting him in public because the crowd admired him (Mark 11:18; Luke 19:48).

Little would have alarmed the authorities more than interfering with the animal sacrifices. The Temple sacrificial cult was central to the hierarchy that pleased Roman authorities and benefited the priestly class. Turning over the money-changers’ tables was disruptive, but this could be explained as anger over money-dealing in the Temple. Driving out the animals challenged the moral basis for animal sacrifices, and this was profoundly threatening to authorities. But, defending animals was necessary if Jesus were to undermine the scapegoating process, because someone truly dedicated to ending victimization cannot countenance the abuse of anyone.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD


3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Forgiving Grace Requires Repentance


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