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...]

Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls from God (Jonah 3:1-5, 10)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.Facts about free speech around the world. The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last week was an act of absolute evil. The fact that people sitting down for a simple editorial meeting at their work site could be killed due to hate is disturbing beyond words. It is a tragedy for all involved—for those killed, for the family and friends of those killed inside of the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, for the officer killed on the street outside, and for those involved in the h … [Read more...]

Maye God’s Trying to Tell You Something (1 Samuel 3:1-20)

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By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.Faith leaders speak out on how well the faith community has upheld the tradition of civil rights and social justice activism. In the motion picture adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, Shug Avery leaves Harpo’s Juke Joint, on her way to the church pastored by her estranged father. On a forced march through cotton fields, Shug is accompanied by an impromptu choir, singing on their way, “Maybe God’s trying to tell you something!” written by the late A … [Read more...]

In the Beginning and In the End: Christians and Climate Change (Genesis 1:1-5)

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By Eric D. Barreto.Creatures "mentioned" in the Book of Genesis that are threatened by climate change. In the beginning, God created the world. In the beginning, God drew order out of chaos. In the beginning, God breathed life into every living creature. In the beginning, God crafted and made the world. In contrast, it seems like we as a people are committed to leading the world back into chaos, to recreating the world in our distorted image. We seem determined to create a world … [Read more...]

The Self-Righteous System and the Prophetic Task (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16)

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By Brennan Breed.We asked people on the street if they think our institutions are failing us. On December 8, an Orlando-area police officer shot Cedric Bartee, an African-American man, while he was unarmed and standing with his hands in the air. The Sherriff asked the public to trust that the justice system will discover the “truth.” In the wake of grand juries refusing to indict the police officers responsible for killing Eric Garner and Michael Brown, however, it seems inevitable to ma … [Read more...]

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

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By Eric Barreto. 90-year-old Arnold Abbott feeds the homeless despite a local ban on the practice in public places. You don’t want God to ask you to be a prophet. You really don’t. When God calls you to some holy task, you might expect a contemplative path, a quiet life of service and love of neighbor. You might expect a comfortable life of piety and hopefulness, grace and caring. But true prophets know better. Prophets tend not to have such idyllic hopes for God’s call. Prophets kno … [Read more...]


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