Radical Hospitality: Building Bridges, Respecting Differences (Revelation 1:4b-8)


By Jim Kast-Keat.In the 1990s Arno Michaelis was a white supremacist and lead singer of hate metal band Centurion, but the kindness shown to him by his Jewish boss changed him in ways he could never have expected. When I was eighteen years old I knew that I knew everything there was to know, especially in regards to the “us” and the “them” of the world. Eighteen-year-old me knew that being gay was a sin and that LGBTQ people were not called to leadership in the church (and my conserv … [Read more...]

Is My Religion Better Than Yours? (Hebrews 7:23-28)


By Jaime Clark-Soles.The Interfaith Tour reveals what happens when you stop talking about the other and start talking to the other. Ignorance or intolerance of other religions continues to plague our world. I live in East Richardson, TX (a suburb of Dallas), which is highly diverse religiously and ethnically. The Islamic Association of North Texas is located here. Dallas has one of the largest Muslim populations and number of mosques in the nation. Yet, the call for Christians to protest … [Read more...]

Guns, Drugs, Sexual Violence: What Can We Do? (Hebrews 5:1-10)


By Mihee Kim-Kort.Magdalene is a residential program that helps women who have survived lives of violence and prostitution. The emotional, physical, and spiritual violence that we inflict on one other is a sign that something is amiss in our world. The statistics from the World Health Organization on sex work and disease paint the terrible truth that sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse are on the rise across the globe. The sex and drug industry “will tear up women and use th … [Read more...]

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...]