Immigration: Journey to a New Life (Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22)

By Lisa Nichols Hickman. The faith communities of Laredo, Texas, help immigrants. All too often, Lent is about ‘my’ personal journey to the cross:I’m giving up… My Lenten discipline is… During Lent, I’m trying to…. During Lent, I’m fasting from...But Psalm 107 will have none of that “me, my and I.” Even when attempts are made to live beyond this presumption of self, we still land all too often in our own backyard.  Instead of giving up chocolate, we add compassion on my t … [Read more...]

The Sacrifice of Covenant Relationship (Exodus 20:1-17)

By Kimberly D. Russaw. Volunteers channel faith, compassion and muscle into new homes for the poor. On any given Saturday, people join Habitat for Humanity teams and commit to work to help eradicate poverty housing.  The individual volunteers give of their time, energy and physical ability because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  Similarly, in the HBO TV drama “Game of Thrones,” individuals from the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos volunteer to serve a … [Read more...]

From Generation to Generation (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

By Adam Copeland.We asked people about wisdom and what advice they’d like to pass on to future generations. What do you want to pass on to your grandchildren? What will you give to future generations? There’s a special spot on my shelf for books my grandparents handed down to me over the years. I cherish the collection of love poetry my grandfather gave my grandmother for a wedding anniversary decades ago. I treasure my grandfather’s old prayer book and hymnal. Depending on your family hi … [Read more...]

ISIS, “American Sniper,” and Rainbows (Genesis 9:8-17)

By Greg Carey.Addressing the rise of religious violence and the role that faith leaders have in working to a solution. These days ISIS, more than any other global power, evokes the specter of violence and death. Boko Haram kidnaps girls by the thousands. The Soviets—I mean, the Russians acting like Soviets—impose their violent will on the Ukraine. Terror abounds all over the globe. In depicting the psychic harm war inflicts upon our souls, American Sniper breaks its own box office rec … [Read more...]

Forsaking the “Whiteness” of the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)

By Keith Anderson. We asked a random group of people: Who do you talk to? Sparked by the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the subsequent deaths at the hands of law enforcement of Eric Garner in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, protests under the banners of #ferguson, #icantbreathe, and #blacklivesmatter have spread around the country and a passionate conversation about the role of race in America has been rejoined. These protests, along with coverage by news … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

By Matthew L. Skinner.Facts about violence in America. If what a nation watches on television makes a statement about that nation’s values, then Americans value their football. The Super Bowl spectacle draws huge numbers of viewers, still usually the most watched television event of each year. The commercials and halftime shows certainly boost the numbers as well. At the same time, many find it harder to watch professional football now than ever before. We know more about the damages c … [Read more...]


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