Rewrite Those Epitaphs

By Lisa Nichols HickmanPeople tell us how they want to be remembered after they die.Sunday, April 6th is National Epitaph Day.Reading through a list of bizarre and unique holidays is fascinating for any month. Looking at this list during Lent can provide new perspective. We know “April Fools Day” unfolds as March gives way to April. But the first week of April provides ample opportunity for celebrating events such as: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Don’t Got to Work Unless it … [Read more...]

Social Media and the Shepherd (Psalm 23)

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By Henry G. BrintonAmericans are spending a lot of time on social media, but how much and what for?  This year some have given up Facebook for Lent. Others joined the “National Day of Unplugging” on March 7-8, putting away their phones, tablets, and laptops for a 24-hour digital Sabbath designed to slow people down in an increasingly hectic world.According to the National Day of Unplugging website, people unplugged in order to dance, sleep, write, play, reflect, relax, re … [Read more...]

Why You Ought to Leave the Church (John 4:5-42)

By Matthew L. SkinnerRecently, a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination. I’m not 100 percent sure I know why. But the no-regrets explanation they wrote implied that religious differences between us were too severe for them to stay committed to our relationship.Religion has a way of making people do extraordinary things to create peace and unity. It also, as we know well, has a destructive capacity to turn people against one another. It can make us grip our c … [Read more...]

Dare to Sit With Suffering (Genesis 12:1-4)

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By Melissa BrowningPeople weigh in on the morality of aiding refugees and others suffering from natural and man-made crises.Abram left his homeland on a promise and a prayer. God called. Abram went. The Biblical text makes it seem so simple. There are no signs of struggle or doubt. There is no grief over what is left behind, only the forward look toward a new land and a new future. Leaving home for Abram seems so easy.As I reflect on this week’s scripture, I’m in Lebanon lis … [Read more...]

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By Greg CareyThe legacy of Eve continues to permeate images of women in our society.What was that Eve all about?We could let the advertising industry tell us. Katie B. Edwards’ recent book, Admen and Eve, uncovers (that was a pun) several diverse, even contradictory uses Eve serves. Obviously, the Eve story provides a free opportunity to depict naked or nearly naked models coupled in kinky ways with men—and with snakes. Eve, the temptress, overwhelms our resistance with “fo … [Read more...]

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God Beyond All Relationships and Agendas: Exodus 24:12-18

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By Walter BrueggemannExodus 19-24 enacts an agreement of mutual fidelity between YHWH and Israel. That covenant consists in two major parts: YHWH’s commands set the requirement of covenant in the form of the Ten Commandments (20:1-17), and Israel pledges allegiance to the covenant through obedience to YHWH’s commandments (24:3, 7). This enactment creates a relationship in which the defining dynamic is one of “command-obey,” with the understanding that Israel’s obedience will result in abundan … [Read more...]


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