The writer brings to bear virtually the experience of a lifetime to address three critical concerns: Common Sense and the Conspiracies, Covenant Echoes, and Amos Still Speaks! As for common sense, the problem is that it is so uncommon. The second topic considers the relevance of the covenant perspective for daily life. Along this line, it is said that the simplest form of covenant is the common meal. The ancient practice of hospitality expands on this notion. This text extends the subject further with a discussion of marriage, political foundations, voluntary associations, and paradigm shifts. The final topic examines the relevance of Amos for today. This is in keeping with the conviction that the more some things change, the more other matters remain constant. Then, too, if we fail to learn from the past, we are destined to repeat its tragic failures. While quite distinct, these three projects served to incite the reader to take scriptural teaching more seriously.