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

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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...]

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...]


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