Do You Know How to Two-Step?

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.Fifty years later, poverty is still an issue in America.I cannot say I am the greatest dancer. I enjoy all types of music. The rhythms of my eclectic taste often entice me to move. Naturally, I easily find myself swaying this way or that way. My feet are not far behind. Only sheer foolishness would compel me to compare my dancing with grace and gifts of Beyonce, Tina Turner, or any champion from Dancing With the Stars. I know my limits. That’s one of t … [Read more...]

All in the Family (Genesis 25:19-34)

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By Nyasha Junior.Student loan debt in America by the numbers.Irresponsible. Foolish. Impulsive. Recent college graduates with substantial student loans are sometimes regarded in these terms. Those who attended college decades ago, with a $15 per credit hour, may assume that these graduates are spoiled Millennials who “should have known better” than to agree to the loan terms.Many recent college graduates are facing crushing student loan debt and high unemployment rates. According to … [Read more...]

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters (Genesis 22:1-14)

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By Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson.A veteran and military spouse speaks about the challenges facing her community."Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you" (Genesis 22:1 NRSV). Was God really directing Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Why?When this text was written, child sacrifices were fairly commonplace. Across ancient cultures, many believed that offering … [Read more...]

Slavery, Surrogacy, and Society: Making a Future in the Wilderness

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By Anathea Portier-Young.Magdalene is a residential program that helps women who have survived lives of violence and prostitution. The 2013 Global Slavery Index reports that nearly 30 million women, children, and men are enslaved around the world today. Their slavery has many forms. For millions, especially women and girls, it is prostitution, forced marriage, or other sexual and reproductive exploitation. Others—an estimated 16.4 million—are forced into labor in spheres ran … [Read more...]

The First Multi-Media Blowup Moment (Acts 2:1-21)

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By Dr. Karyn L. WisemanHow the story of the Nigerian girls came to the world's attention.Can you imagine sitting in a public space and all of a sudden everyone around you starts to speak in a different language? And yet somehow you still understand them? Can you imagine the cacophony of sounds this event would cause? Can you envision the power it would take to make this astonishing moment happen?Is it a miracle? Possession? Paranormal activity? It likely would freak you … [Read more...]

Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering

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By David A. SánchezThe recent focus on the kidnapped girls in Nigeria shines a light on the suffering of women and girls all around the world.Perhaps it is due to my ongoing fascination with Jewish and Christian apocalypses that the motif of suffering is constantly on my mind. I am always struck with John the Seer’s words of praise and encouragement in his letters to the seven churches of the Apocalypse that are patiently enduring persecution, affliction, distress, and tribulation. Th … [Read more...]


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