By Kimberly D. Russaw.People talk about how they give to those in need. Those readers who have a passing acquaintance with the biblical story of Joseph may simply remember him for his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while others more theologically invested in Scripture may understand Joseph’s as a story of God’s providence.  Still others may read this story at the end of Genesis as one about a younger brother’s largess surprising his bullying older brothers as a literary forerunner to th … [Read more...]

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Our Dysfunctional Families (Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28)

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By Rev. David Lewicki.People talk about their families and sibling relationships. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the '80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s story came through a local high school or community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. That musical (by Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice) playfully (and rather faithfully) tells the story of a young boy, the favorite son o … [Read more...]

Could Loaves and Fishes Change the Immigration Dilemma? (Matthew 14:13-21)

By Verity Jones.People react to the dramatic rise in unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the U.S. from Central America.In June, reporters for The Washington Post described the deplorable detention conditions of the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. “The sick are separated by flimsy strips of yellow police tape from the crying babies and expectant mothers. They subsist on bologna sandwiches and tacos, with portable toilets and no showers, and their wait can last for d … [Read more...]

More than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 and Disability

By Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NRSV). I hope you’ve all read or seen The Fault in Our Stars by now. Each of the main characters has a disability: Gus has a prosthesis after his leg is amputated; Hazel remains on an oxygen tank due to faulty lungs; Isaac becomes blind during the course of the movie. I wonder how this verse from Romans would play with Hazel, Gus, Isaac, or anyone who loves them:“We kno … [Read more...]

Do You Know How to Two-Step?

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.Fifty years later, poverty is still an issue in America.I cannot say I am the greatest dancer. I enjoy all types of music. The rhythms of my eclectic taste often entice me to move. Naturally, I easily find myself swaying this way or that way. My feet are not far behind. Only sheer foolishness would compel me to compare my dancing with grace and gifts of Beyonce, Tina Turner, or any champion from Dancing With the Stars. I know my limits. That’s one of t … [Read more...]

All in the Family (Genesis 25:19-34)

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By Nyasha Junior.Student loan debt in America by the numbers.Irresponsible. Foolish. Impulsive. Recent college graduates with substantial student loans are sometimes regarded in these terms. Those who attended college decades ago, with a $15 per credit hour, may assume that these graduates are spoiled Millennials who “should have known better” than to agree to the loan terms.Many recent college graduates are facing crushing student loan debt and high unemployment rates. According to … [Read more...]


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