All the Saints: Luke 6:20-31

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By Greg CareySeniors talk about the blessings and challenges that come with getting older.I probably shouldn’t admit how much I like Halloween. I’m too much of a slug to deck out my house, I rarely wear a costume, and I haven’t been to a wild party in years, but I love the excitement children bring to the whole process. Then again, there’s the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown—what’s better than that? I’m pretty much a sucker for Halloween.I was already an adult when I … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Holy Humility in Community (Luke 18:9-14)

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By Carolyn J. SharpPeople express their opinions of Pope Francis, who has made his concern for the poor a central theme of his young papacy.Reversals of power play through many stories and poems of Scripture. The sacred texts foundational to Jewish and Christian identity are insistent in their efforts to reconfigure our understanding of what counts as valuable and holy. Daring leaders in every age have responded with their own bold visions regarding what makes for faithful … [Read more...]

Beaten, Battered, and Burned Before I Am Helped 
(Luke 18:1-8)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderThe images of her burned face are clear. Just yesterday the pictures of her charred skin became news, or so it seems. Although Yvette Cade’s estranged husband walked into a T-Mobile store, doused her with gasoline, pursued her and set her ablaze in 2005, the visuals are not so distant. One’s mind cannot erase such horror so easily. Some things are just etched in memory forever.What is most compelling is this heinous act of domestic violence could have bee … [Read more...]

Studying the Law as We Study the Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)

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By Yolanda SmithAs Americans nervously prepared for the implementation of the newest phase of the Affordable Care Act on October 1, 2013, it was clear that even on the eve of its implementation, many looming questions still swirled around this new law. “What will it entail?” Who has to sign-up?” “What will it cost,” “Will I have to give up my current health care plan?” What if I have a pre-existing condition?” “What are health-care exchanges?” “How long do I have to sign-up?” and “What pe … [Read more...]

The Modern Need for Lamentations (Lamentations 1:1-11)

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By Kimberly D. RussawTwenty first century readers of the Scriptures are likely uncomfortable with the book of Lamentations and its stories of weeping, groaning, and grieving. But, the act of lamenting is not unique to biblical Israelites.Today’s world is full of lament-worthy situations.  One need only turn on the nightly news to hear countless stories from places like Detroit, Michigan and Camden, New Jersey – plagued by record foreclosures, abandoned buildings, corrupt government of … [Read more...]

It Is about the Land. It Is Not about the Land (Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15)

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By Jennifer Peace Our relationship to place is so conditioned by our life experiences. When I moved to North Cambridge, MA, from the expansive West Coast, I got a lesson in the meaning of “near” and “far.” Walking around my new neighborhood, I greeted an old woman sitting in front of her house.“Did you grow up around here?” I asked.“Oh no,” she assured me, “I grew up way over on Sherman Street.” Sherman Street is about three blocks from where we were talking, but it is a … [Read more...]


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