Ah, Jesus, I Get It Now! (Luke 17:5-10)

By Jacqui Lewis. No wonder we don’t talk about verses 7-10 of this text. Faith the size of a mustard seed. Great. Love it. Tiny seed. Lofty idea. Preachable. Even tweetable.But the rest? Say you have a servant (not even an employee, but a slave) and they are plowing the field or tending the sheep and they come in tired. Do you say, “Take a load off and have a bite to eat?” Or rather, don’t you insist that they, though tired, wait on you, cook your favorite meal, and serve it with … [Read more...]

Hope: The Call to Action (Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15)

By Valerie Bridgeman. “We are obligated to hope.” ~ Bishop Yvette Flunder, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and pastor of City of Refuge UCCI have watched with dread as a drama plays out in North Dakota. Thousands of Native Americans and their co-conspirators have taken a stand to try to stop the company, ironically named Dakota Access Pipeline, from drilling for crude oil on land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux nation. The company received approval to drill in late Jul … [Read more...]

Uber and Amos: Economic Justice in the Gig Economy (Luke 16:1-13)

By Keith Anderson.The curbside at Atlanta airport’s Terminal South is a strange place to have a moral crisis, but there I was. I had just arrived and in town and I needed a ride to my final destination. As I exited through the sliding glass door outside to the ground transportation area, on my right was the taxi stand. In my left hand was my iPhone open to the Uber app, which told me the nearest Uber car was just four minutes away.Taxi or Uber? For many, it is a question with i … [Read more...]

Lost and Found: Depression and Isolation (Luke 15.1-10)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.I went to Junior High and High School in the West Texas community of Andrews. It was a loving and vibrant community where high school football and marching band were important. I was a band geek and loved working with our band director, Jim Harvey. In 1984, Jim and his family went to their usual Colorado vacation spot to spend part of the summer. On July 11, their 14-year-old son, Chris, went for a walk with their dog. He visited with a friend in the trailer park at about … [Read more...]

In God’s Hands (Jeremiah 18:1-11)

By Mihee Kim-Kort. We are living in a world with no shortage of trauma each day. From floods to tsunamis, victims of gun violence and terror, refugees seeking to preserve their lives only to find themselves caught in wars and waves, we are constantly bombarded with the reminders of a relentless suffering experienced by God’s children.Where can we turn to find assurance of God’s loving presence in our midst holding us in caring hands?The words offered to us by Jeremiah in cha … [Read more...]

Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be a Democrat or a Republican (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

By Billy Honor. If you just listened to the current presidential candidates talk, you’d think the United States is a nation comprised of only rich and middle class individuals. Almost nothing in their speeches, party platforms, and interviews would tell you that approximately 47 million citizens live in poverty in what is clearly the richest nation in the world.The reason for this political hush mouth about poverty (which, by the way, is defined as the state of being extremely p … [Read more...]


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