The End of Excuses (Luke 9:51-62)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.I’m a news junky and the last few weeks have been intense to say the least. They have been filled with tragic, uplifting, historic, and profound moments. Here are a few:We commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the storming of the beaches on D-Day during World War II and remembered the sacrifice of those brave souls who fought to bring freedom to our world.A woman reached the critical number of delegates to be declared the presumptive nominee of a major p … [Read more...]

Parents and Prophets: Fighting for Future Generations (1 Kings 19:1-15)

By Keith Anderson.Was it Jesus who said, “No greater love has anyone than this, to sit through a school board meeting"? No, actually that was me. I whispered it to my wife as we sat together for several hours at a recent meeting of our local school board. On the agenda that evening was the adoption of a proposed district-wide gender expansive policy to protect transgendered and gender non-conforming students and bring the district in line with the U.S. Department of Education's directive … [Read more...]

An Amazing Partnership with God (1 Kings 17:8-24)

By Rev. Dr. James Forbes.God’s call of Elijah was an invitation to a beautiful divine/human partnership of faithfulness and faithful service. It was based on a three-point contract: HO-GO-LO.“HO” indicates that God had to get his attention. It was important for Elijah to know who was calling him, to whom he was accountable, under whose guidance he was to serve and upon whom he could depend for direction, protection, and provisions.“GO” speaks of the assignment God intended him to … [Read more...]

Support Those Who Have Served (Luke 7:1-10)

By Mihee Kim-Kort.On Memorial Day we honor those men and women who have died while in military service for their country. The day also gives us the opportunity to recognize living veterans who continue to struggle with their experience overseas and the hardship of reintegrating into “normal” life. Vets carry “deaths” in their hearts and minds.  We can find ways to walk with them so they can grow new lives and find peace.One day, a normal day, after I dropped the kids off at preschool … [Read more...]

Walter Brueggemann on Wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

By Walter Brueggemann.This text is one of the loveliest and most important biblical texts that respond to the question: “What is the world like? How does it work?” The text is framed as a speech by “wisdom” who is presented as an active agent who has a voice for self-announcement. It is the work of the poet to bring to availability that which remains hidden but is deeply operative in the working of creation.Wisdom identifies three relationships that are crucial to the working the worl … [Read more...]

Pentecost and the Legacy of Prince (Acts 2:1-21)

By Shively T.J. Smith.Just a couple of weeks ago, many people were tossed unexpectedly into a spiral of shock and loss. People all over the world found themselves grieving at the same moment as news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was dead on April 21, 2016. This moment of loss was filled with unified diversity. People of different ethnicities, nations, genders, ages, and religions felt similar feelings of bereavement. For some, who may never even have attended a Prince concert, they f … [Read more...]


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