This Lent, Consider God’s Creation

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by Alexei LaushkinThe disciplines of Lent are meant to shake us up from our regular routine and open up some space for God to work. Lent is a season of self-account and renewed depth.Lent reminds us that man does not live on bread alone, things alone, conveniences alone, wants alone, but on every word that comes from above. Lent is supposed to re-orient us towards God’s life giving ability, and away from the things that normally sustain us or give us comfort.When we rediscover the j … [Read more...]

Leighton Ford’s Reflection for Lent

Letting Go- Reaching Out This is the first post for Revealing Light: Daily Victory Over Darkness a Lent Devotional. You can learn more and download a free copy by clicking here. Reposted with permission. By Rev. Leighton Ford Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Ph … [Read more...]

This Republican Agrees with President Obama on Climate Change

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by The Rev. Mitch Hescox President Obama got it exactly right last night at the beginning of his State of the Union address when he said it is the hard-working citizens of our great nation that make the state of our Union strong, and that the United States is the best positioned country in the world to succeed in the 21st Century. This is in spite of divisions within our great nation that continue to hold us back from achieving our full potential.Social scientist Robert Putnam, of “bowling … [Read more...]

Why I March for Life

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by Alexei LaushkinEvery year since I’ve been in DC, I have made it a point to join the March for Life.I m pro-life, because I believe that every life ought to be brought into this world. I don’t believe that Christians can or should end a developing life. For those outside of faith, I would like to see incentives and measures that would help facilitate the life of a child.I know at times there are difficult circumstances that often compel abortion, but we need to do everything we can … [Read more...]

Genesis 9: The Forgotten Covenant

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by Howard SnyderIgnoring Genesis 9 in covenant theology is like ignoring John 1 in Jesus theology. Skipping God’s earth covenant in soteriology is like skipping the incarnation in Christology.Yet as I noted in my January 3 blog, “14 Favorites Ways to Twist the Gospel,” covenant theology usually bypasses the Genesis 9 earth covenant and begins with Abraham. Strange, since the first explicit biblical covenant is in Genesis 9, where God establishes his “covenant between me and the earth” (Ge … [Read more...]

Advent in Malawi

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We were in Malawi. It was a warm day in June when we arrived in Fombe village in the Shire river valley. Though this was a river valley there was no running waters or tributaries in this village.We approached a home where a mother of four was busy preparing her family’s daily meal. She cooked over a large open air fire just to the right of her home. We approached and setup a meeting spot to conduct our interview.I’ll never forget asking her to show us her nighttime light source. She came … [Read more...]

Ohio’s Clean Energy Policy, Good for Consumers, Protects Human Life

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By Steve Fortenberry and David MoyarClergy members and CEOs don’t always speak in a unified voice.But no one should remain silent about the misguided legislative attacks against Ohio’s clean energy policies – attacks that ultimately threaten both the health of our children and the health of our economy.In his ongoing attempts to rollback Ohio’s Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, state Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati has called those who want to preserve the pol … [Read more...]


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