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...]

Why We Can’t Wait (Luke 13:10-17)

By Matthew L. Skinner. Why We Can’t Wait is the familiar title of Martin Luther King Jr.’s book from 1964. The volume includes his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (written April 16, 1963) and makes an argument to recognize 1963 as the beginning of “the Negro Revolution” while extolling the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance.King’s “Letter” issues a call for urgency. He wrote it as a response to eight local white clergymen who had criticized his activities in Birmingham a … [Read more...]

Navigating a World of Division (Luke 12:49-56)

By Greg Carey. In some parts of our country firefighters refer to trees and underbrush as “fuel.” As dry as it gets, especially in parts of California, it only takes a lightning stroke or an electrical spark to set off a raging forest fire.Our cultural moment feels ominous, as if we’re living next to a parched forest. In electoral politics we could scarcely imagine wider dissatisfaction or greater gaps in perception. Our leading presidential candidates have earned unfavorable pol … [Read more...]


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