It Is about the Land. It Is Not about the Land (Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15)

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By Jennifer Peace   Our relationship to place is so conditioned by our life experiences. When I moved to North Cambridge, MA, from the expansive West Coast, I got a lesson in the meaning of “near” and “far.” Walking around my new neighborhood, I greeted an old woman sitting in front of her house. “Did you grow up around here?” I asked. “Oh no,” she assured me, “I grew up way over on Sherman Street.” Sherman Street is about three blocks from where we were … [Read more...]

Shrewd Christians (Luke 16:1-13)

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By Verity A. Jones We worry now, but we’ve been concerned about the economy for a long time. The economic recovery from the recession in America has been slower than we hoped, and people continue to suffer from the collapse of so many industries and jobs and safety nets.  Much of the pain seems new for large swaths of the American population. But in reality, we’ve been worrying about money forever. The August employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a slight … [Read more...]

I Know What God Looks Like (Luke 15:1-10)

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By Matthew L. Skinner Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia still has an article called “God,” and it hosts a range of ever-changing perspectives. But a few days ago the site made God less visible when it deleted its short article on Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper who in late August may have prevented a massacre at an elementary school near Atlanta. Wikipedia merged her name into another, more obscure article. The Wikipedians’ … [Read more...]

It’s Not About You (Luke 14:25-33)

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By John Nunes A life transition—like any effort to follow Jesus—is stressful: packing and unpacking, bidding farewells, refocusing from one set of commitments to a new future. It might be summarized in the early North African church leader’s interpretation of this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke 14:27: “Take up your stress and your tortures.” (Tertullian) This September, my family’s transition from the hazy days of summer’s more casual pace back into the … [Read more...]

Whose Banquet Is It, Anyway? (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

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By Rev. Shanell T. Smith, Ph.D.   The upcoming March on Washington has been on my mind as I reflect upon this week’s Gospel reading from Luke about a banquet. I personally love banquets. You get to adorn yourself with the finest trappings, dance the night away, and if the food is good, that is an added plus! But what I find most frustrating? Knowing a banquet is occurring, and I have not been invited. “Did I do something wrong? Do I not meet a certain standard? Who did get … [Read more...]

From Egypt to South Africa, We Are Each Other’s Keepers

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By James W. McCarty III Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, has been in the hospital for over two months. Nearly twenty years after his election South Africa remains, despite a myriad of troubles, a stable, multiracial, and democratic country. Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt after the world-changing protests in Tahrir Square led to the resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak, has been out of office, by way of … [Read more...]


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