Gay Marriage: A Christian Response

By Barbara K. Lundblad.  We asked people about the relevancy of marriage. “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.” With these words, Justice Anthony Kennedy supported the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples across the country are celebrating this long-awaited decision. Those who are Christians are not only thanking the court b … [Read more...]

Freedom: For Everyone or Just People Like Us? (2 Corinthians 12:2-10)

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.For one year, five French students of different faiths traveled the world to document different models of interfaith dialogue. There are people who irk us. Something about their ideas, talk, or disposition gets under our skin. Their idiosyncrasies are like sandpaper to our souls. To be honest, we are perhaps just as irritating. The way we talk on the phone in public, how we drive in rush hour traffic, our aggression getting off a train or standing in line … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on Climate Change: Hearing the Cries of Earth and the Poor (2 Corinthians 8:7-15)


By Keith Anderson.Facts about climate change and poverty. Last week Pope Francis issued a blockbuster papal encyclical on the environment called “Praised Be.” It is the pope’s clarion call to address what he describes as an urgent global environmental crisis. Sweeping in scope, it addresses the many dimensions of environmental degradation and the devastating toll it is taking on people, communities, and nations.  He writes, “It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter…can help us to acknow … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Charleston, SC Shooting

A vigil was held for the victims of the Charleston shooting in Union Square, NYC.In light of this week’s shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, 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 The call to preach is daunting in weeks like … [Read more...]

Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power (1 Samuel 8)

By Eric D. Barreto.Facts about leadership. Political scandals are evergreen. On any given week, one or another political leader, cultural star, or renowned athlete are experiencing an embarrassing and public downfall. Recently, we’ve born witness to the fall of a former Speaker of the House and a reality television celebrity. Next week, a new cast of characters will take their place. So ubiquitous are such scandals that they are the backdrop for the television show Scandal, a show I k … [Read more...]

Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Call for Radical Mercy

Shane Claiborne

By Shane Claiborne. It’s hard to have mercy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” And he certainly demonstrates that mercy on the cross as he forgives the people nailing him to it. But as a follower of Christ, mercy seems like an audacious thing to ask of us. His guilt is clear. He posted offensive, arrogant messages all over the Internet. He carved a manifesto of revenge into the boat where he hid as police captured him. He fli … [Read more...]