Seeing and Believing at Easter Time (John 20:1-18)

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By Greg CareyPeople tell us about their belief in God.Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian year. In Easter services all over the world, trumpets and organs blast. Flowers transform churches with their brightness. Worship leaders boldly proclaim: “Christ is risen!” Congregations echo back: “Christ is risen indeed!” The cycle of celebration and repetition begins as it should – a festive proclamation of good news. In Christ God has overcome the powers of … [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...]

Rewrite Those Epitaphs

By Lisa Nichols HickmanPeople tell us how they want to be remembered after they die.Sunday, April 6th is National Epitaph Day.Reading through a list of bizarre and unique holidays is fascinating for any month. Looking at this list during Lent can provide new perspective. We know “April Fools Day” unfolds as March gives way to April. But the first week of April provides ample opportunity for celebrating events such as: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Don’t Got to Work Unless it … [Read more...]

Social Media and the Shepherd (Psalm 23)

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By Henry G. BrintonAmericans are spending a lot of time on social media, but how much and what for?  This year some have given up Facebook for Lent. Others joined the “National Day of Unplugging” on March 7-8, putting away their phones, tablets, and laptops for a 24-hour digital Sabbath designed to slow people down in an increasingly hectic world.According to the National Day of Unplugging website, people unplugged in order to dance, sleep, write, play, reflect, relax, re … [Read more...]

Why You Ought to Leave the Church (John 4:5-42)

By Matthew L. SkinnerRecently, a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination. I’m not 100 percent sure I know why. But the no-regrets explanation they wrote implied that religious differences between us were too severe for them to stay committed to our relationship.Religion has a way of making people do extraordinary things to create peace and unity. It also, as we know well, has a destructive capacity to turn people against one another. It can make us grip our c … [Read more...]

Dare to Sit With Suffering (Genesis 12:1-4)

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By Melissa BrowningPeople weigh in on the morality of aiding refugees and others suffering from natural and man-made crises.Abram left his homeland on a promise and a prayer. God called. Abram went. The Biblical text makes it seem so simple. There are no signs of struggle or doubt. There is no grief over what is left behind, only the forward look toward a new land and a new future. Leaving home for Abram seems so easy.As I reflect on this week’s scripture, I’m in Lebanon lis … [Read more...]


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