Not Just About the Future (Revelation 7:9-17)

By Eric D. Barreto.The presidential race has invited all kinds of rash predictions. “If that candidate gets elected, it will be a disaster.” “If that candidate is president, I will move to Canada.” In each case, the prediction of a future disaster is supposed to convince us to act differently in the present. “The election of a certain candidate would be so awful, that we must stop it. Or I’ll move to Canada.” Key parts of our political discourse are predictions of a dire future if a certa … [Read more...]

Finding Light in the Dark: Hope Inside Desperate Discourse (John 21:1-19)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.All you have to do is turn on the news to hear desperation, fear, anger, and hatred. We find it in our politics and in our public discourse. We find it in our churches and in our homes. And it happens all the time. But it also happens in the private moments of individuals. Desperation can be found all around us.Recently, a friend emailed me that their twenty-three-year-old son had attempted suicide. The young man had been found fairly quickly, but due to the … [Read more...]

The Value and Limits of Religious Liberty (Acts 5:27-32)

By Matthew Skinner.Disagreements about whether and how a society should respect people’s “religious liberty” are nothing new. But, in case you hadn’t noticed, they seem to be growing louder.Conservative presidential candidates have increasingly invoked “religious liberty” as a way of expressing their objections to same-sex marriage. Controversial bills that echo the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act are working their way through the legislative machinery in states including Mi … [Read more...]

Grace Bats Last (Luke 24:1-12)

By Rev. Susan Sparks.I am a big believer in shaking things up and approaching ideas through an unexpected perspective. Like the billboard I saw in Minnesota: It read, at the top, “Minnesota Cremation Society.” In the middle was a photo of a casket, and underneath, it read, “Think outside the box.” This year, let’s bring a fresh approach to Easter by using an unexpected perspective: Major League Baseball.Baseball and Easter are a perfect match. This year, Opening Day falls just a week … [Read more...]

Finding a Deeper Truth Together (Luke 22:14–23:56)

By Sister Simone Campbell.The story of Jesus’ passion and death has stirred my imagination since I was a child. In an act of profound mystery, Jesus walks toward the conflict swirling around him. Jesus accepts his arrest and does not raise his voice. His willingness to embrace the consequences of truth telling leaves him silent in the face of his accusers. His judges repeatedly say they can find no fault in this man, but the people want more. They want someone to blame.It makes me t … [Read more...]

Jesus, Justice-Fatigue, and Why Being Black Is Exhausting (John 12:1-8)

By Billy Honor.Several days ago I was asked by a local news reporter what my response was to the report that Donald Trump, the leading vote getter in the Republican Presidential primary, waffled on whether or not to denounce the support of widely known White Supremacist David Duke.  Normally, it would have taken me seconds to get on my rhetorical high horse and rattle off a list of reasons why I found this deplorable yet not surprising given the current public resurgence of white … [Read more...]