God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire

By Keith Anderson.What can the people of faith do about racism in America?  "Then the LORD said, 'I have observed the misery of my people…I have heard their cry…Indeed, I know their sufferings…’" - Exodus 3:7 For the last few weeks, the eyes of America have been riveted on the town of Ferguson, Missouri, a formerly little-known suburb of St. Louis. It was there on August 9th that an unarmed African-American teenager named Mike Brown was shot six times by police, sparking ongoing … [Read more...]

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity with Paul (Romans 12:1-8)

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By Jacob D. MyersObesity is hitting the current generation of US children particularly hard. Do you want to know a secret about working out? Here it is: we don’t grow our muscles in the gym. When we lift weights we perform controlled damage to our bodies; we literally tear our muscle fibers, forcing our bodies to adapt. We improve outside of the gym by consuming healthy foods. To “battle the bulge” requires a commitment to strenuous exercise and healthy eating. All who have enjoyed (or end … [Read more...]

 By Kimberly D. Russaw.People talk about how they give to those in need. Those readers who have a passing acquaintance with the biblical story of Joseph may simply remember him for his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while others more theologically invested in Scripture may understand Joseph’s as a story of God’s providence.  Still others may read this story at the end of Genesis as one about a younger brother’s largess surprising his bullying older brothers as a literary forerunner to th … [Read more...]

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Our Dysfunctional Families (Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28)

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By Rev. David Lewicki.People talk about their families and sibling relationships. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the '80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s story came through a local high school or community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. That musical (by Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice) playfully (and rather faithfully) tells the story of a young boy, the favorite son o … [Read more...]

Could Loaves and Fishes Change the Immigration Dilemma? (Matthew 14:13-21)

By Verity Jones.People react to the dramatic rise in unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the U.S. from Central America.In June, reporters for The Washington Post described the deplorable detention conditions of the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. “The sick are separated by flimsy strips of yellow police tape from the crying babies and expectant mothers. They subsist on bologna sandwiches and tacos, with portable toilets and no showers, and their wait can last for d … [Read more...]

More than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 and Disability

By Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NRSV). I hope you’ve all read or seen The Fault in Our Stars by now. Each of the main characters has a disability: Gus has a prosthesis after his leg is amputated; Hazel remains on an oxygen tank due to faulty lungs; Isaac becomes blind during the course of the movie. I wonder how this verse from Romans would play with Hazel, Gus, Isaac, or anyone who loves them:“We kno … [Read more...]


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