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...]

Can This World Be Saved? (Isaiah 2:1-5)

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By Bryan BibbImagine that you are sailing on the Titanic, and you alone know that the great ocean liner will hit an iceberg in 24 hours. What do you do? Whom do you tell? The answer depends on one important factor: can the crisis be averted? If you can somehow get the captain’s attention, the crew might be able to change course and avoid disaster. But if you know that the ship will sink regardless of your best efforts, what then? In that case, the best course of action is to get as many p … [Read more...]

The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)

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By Henry G. BrintonAs Thanksgiving approaches and commerce clashes with personal values, people talk about what they are thankful for.Macy’s Department Store is famous for presenting the Thanksgiving Day Parade. But now the same store that is in its 87th year of producing a nationally televised parade, watched by millions, is being blamed for ruining the holiday.What has the store done? Decided to open its doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 p.m. Time Magazine reports t … [Read more...]

Jesus, Poor Veterans and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21:5-19)

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By Billy HonorAfter serving in Iraq, a young father battles unemployment as he and his wife fight to get a leg up in a tough economy.There is a popular African proverb that says when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.  This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the most.  It is a historical truth that those who make the decision to wage wars (military, legislative, o … [Read more...]

Hearing Job: Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)

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By David G. Garber, Jr.The mother of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, who was killed almost a year ago in the Sandy Hook School shooting, talks about coping with that trauma.The plight of Job is one of the most familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. Many of us know Job’s suffering and the tortuous advice of Job’s “comforters.” The experience of suffering is universal. In the midst of our suffering, we seek to understand, to process, to comprehend. For individuals of faith, events of radical s … [Read more...]

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...]


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