Sorry, Presidential Candidates: Hope Resides in Groans, Not In Your Rhetoric (Romans 8:22-27)

By Matthew L. Skinner.We asked people about the upcoming 2016  presidential election. Hope Votes It’s election season. Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point out that the 2016 US presidential campaign is gathering momentum. Please, make it stop. So far, eight men and women from the two major parties have formally declared their candidacy. Actually, eight is the number of candidates whose names you might know. There are others. And even more will declare their intentions soon … [Read more...]

From Generation to Generation (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

By Adam Copeland.We asked people about wisdom and what advice they’d like to pass on to future generations. What do you want to pass on to your grandchildren? What will you give to future generations? There’s a special spot on my shelf for books my grandparents handed down to me over the years. I cherish the collection of love poetry my grandfather gave my grandmother for a wedding anniversary decades ago. I treasure my grandfather’s old prayer book and hymnal. Depending on your family hi … [Read more...]

Protest and God’s Presence (Isaiah 61:10–62:3)


By Brian Bantum.We asked people on the street about the effectiveness of demonstrations and protests.While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror appeared from nowhere, surprising us in our general euphoria or mundane lives. Perhaps, this year has seemed more fraught as the weight of evil seems to bear down on the lives of the marginalized in egregiously … [Read more...]

It’s Time Again: Depression and the Holidays (Isaiah 64:1-9)

By Barbara Lundblad.Depression hits Americans hard during the holidays. What time is it? Don’t check your watch. This is something else all together. We know it will soon be the end of November and the end of Thanksgiving weekend. In the Christian calendar, it’s the beginning of Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. For many people, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a tough time to get through. There are too many reminders of loss:the empty chair at the Tha … [Read more...]

At War with Ourselves (Romans 7:15-25a)

By Greg Carey.Frustrated with the gun violence epidemic, Shane Claiborne transforms modern weapons into tools of life. “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15, NRSV) Paul’s examination of the conflicted self stands as one of the classic statements in Western culture. Borrowing from Jesus, we often say something similar: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38; Matthew 26:41). From our frustrati … [Read more...]

Developing a Moral Vision for Climate Change: Overview of the Planet

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By Ingrid Esther Lilly.Creatures "mentioned" in the Book of Genesis that are threatened by climate change.Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Safeguard Creation, because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!” The IPCC, NASA, the AAAS, and an overwhelming majority of scientific societies strongly warn of the human causes of climate change. The near universal scientific consensus is that our activity endangers the stability of the planet’s future.Last M … [Read more...]