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...]

Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty (Mark 16:1-8)

By Matthew L. Skinner.Stress is an accepted reality of everyday life. What stresses you out? Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. But shouldn’t we also admit that living can be scary as hell, too? As any fan of The Walking Dead and other apocalyptic fiction knows, it doesn’t take much for the lines between order and chaos, between civility and mayhem, and between trustworthiness and falsehood to be exposed as thinner than adverti … [Read more...]


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