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

Mathew Skinner

By Matthew L. SkinnerDo 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’ bland deb … [Read more...]

It’s Not About You (Luke 14:25-33)

Lutheran World Relief headshots

By John NunesA 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 back-to-school rat race is tou … [Read more...]

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

Shanell T Smith Prof Pic

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 invited?” … [Read more...]

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

Paul Lutter

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...]

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

JWM Professional Pic

By James W. McCarty IIINelson 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...]

The Ballad of Sour Grapes

GregoryCuellar Headshot

By Greg CuéllarMany of life’s memorable moments can be brought to mind just by hearing a favorite song.  Consider Sam Cooke’s protest song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and the ways it evokes the civil rights crisis of the early 1960’s, or John Lennon’s song of peace, “Imagine,” which has as a point of reference the Vietnam War. These and many other songs not only encapsulate moments of the human experience but also give voice to a social critique.Attuned to Social CrisisSpeaking to po … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X