Don’t Ask Jesus to Say the Table Prayer (John 17:6-19)

By Barbara Lundblad.Project RETURN helps men and women leaving prison return to the community.If you ask Jesus to pray the table prayer, you need to be ready to keep your eyes closed for a long time; at least if he prays like he did in John 17. Jesus’ table prayer goes on for twenty-six verses! This isn’t “God is great. God is good. Let us thank God for our food. Amen. Let’s eat.”  Besides, when Jesus prays in John 17, they’ve already eaten the meal! This chapter is often called Jesus’ … [Read more...]

Preaching Reflections on Freddie Gray and Baltimore

In light of this week's events in Baltimore, MD, several of our ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the conversation, join us on Twitter at #onscripture. Rev. Eric D. Barreto, Ph.D. Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary: St Paul, MN Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence and public outrage are once again filling our lives. Or I should say that these conflicts are burdening some with … [Read more...]

Legislating Love in the 21st Century (Acts 8:26-40)

By Karyn L. Wiseman Facts on marriage equality in the United States. One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the news often due to same-sex marriage bans being struck down in state after state and on the minds of many after the controversial “religious freedom” law passed in Indiana (and similar ones already enacted in other states). And it has been in the hearts of many gay and lesbian couples faced with the possibility of being denied ac … [Read more...]

More Than the Eye Can See (Acts 3:12-19)

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., who marched in Selma, proclaims the power of a vote and the importance of protecting that right. “We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” This Talmudic quote from Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani notes that seeing is not always vision. What we see in life is more than what the eye beholds. A person or circumstances right in front of us can be merely the surface of someone or something more profound. The United States must f … [Read more...]

Sell All Your Possessions! (Acts 4:32-35)

By Eric D. Barreto.Teresa Ghilarducci talks about economic inequality, the power of a living wage, and why this is a faith issue.Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational access, the easy prejudice of one's neighbors, and the ubiquity of oppression is dehumanizing and crushing.In recent days, much of our political discourse has focused—at least in words—on economic inequality. From the left … [Read more...]

Indiana and the Freedom of the Gospel

By Greg Carey. During the church’s highest holy season, Indiana’s religious freedom bill has captured our public conversation. Nuclear negotiations with Iran, a presidential election in war-torn Nigeria, and outrageous violence in Kenya notwithstanding, we can’t take our eyes off the Hoosier State and its Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Even as I write, breaking news has it that Indiana Republicans have amended the bill to rule out discrimination against LGBT folk by businesses within the sta … [Read more...]


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