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...]

Palm-powered Protest (Matthew 21:1-11)

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By Adam J. CopelandPeople talk about the power of crowds to change the world.Have you ever noticed that society allows fans to do things that, short of fandom, we would deem absolutely crazy? When do grown adults have permission to paint their faces with logos except on the day of the big game? When is hugging perfect strangers acceptable? After a 3-point shot of your favorite team beats the buzzer, it’s expected. Screaming at the top of our lungs is perfectly acceptable when we’re in … [Read more...]

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

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 By Brennan BreedHere are a few faith leaders who took a stand and worked to make a better, more tolerant society in 2013.Earlier this month—just in time for the holidays—an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis. It is the largest cut to food aid programs since the beginning of the “War on Poverty” in the early 1960s. And that’s not all: Congress will likely cut food … [Read more...]

The Power of Love (Luke 13:10-17)

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By Paul LutterWe know neither her name nor the location from which she comes. All we know is that she was “a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years,” and that, “[s]he was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.” (Lk. 13:11) We don’t know from the text exactly what causes this spirit to lash out at this woman. We do know, though, the power of this spirit is to slowly and deliberately destroy this woman’s life. Whether this spirit manifesting its wicked powe … [Read more...]

Women, Work, and the Word: Luke 7:11-17

By Eric D. BarretoA recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in ten of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women.This is both good news and bad. For many women, new opportunities are allowing them to be the primary bread-winners in their families. In some careers, women are chipping away at the very real glass ceiling so many have and continue to face. Our efforts towards equality have made some strides. Some strides.At the s … [Read more...]


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