The Story of Patriarchy and HIV and AIDS: 2 Samuel 11:1-15

MelissaBrowning

By Melissa Browning This past week, more than 20,000 people met in our nation’s capital for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. Activists, doctors, people living with HIV and AIDS, development workers, theologians, social scientists and all kinds of folks attended this event. Watch ON Scripture: King David and BathshebaCommentator Robert Alter notes that David’s love stories take place amidst conflict and death. Bathsheba is not the only woman David married in the midst of p … [Read more...]

Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56

By Rev. Eric C. Shafer August 2005. Hurricane Katrina had struck New Orleans and help had not yet arrived for several days. The televised images are nearly seven years old, but they continue to be vivid in my mind. Thousands of people, mostly poor African Americans, were stranded outside of the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center. They were screaming for help, for rescue, for food, for water. Even worse, untended dead bodies were laying there – one in a grocery cart, only s … [Read more...]

The Downfall of Giving Into Fear: Mark 6:14-29

James M. Childs

By Rev. James M. ChildsJohn the Baptist was convicted, convinced of his ordination to prepare the way of the Messiah with a call to repentance. Herod Antipas was conflicted, assailed by contradictory impulses within himself and vulnerable to pressures outside himself.Watch the Video: ON Scripture: Death of John the BaptistBarbara K. Lundblad, Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary, discusses the Biblical text Mark 6:14-29, featured in the ON Scripture: The … [Read more...]

No Priority Like Health, No Place Like Home: Mark 6:1-13

By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderThe reports are stunning! Due to the financial fiasco of 2008 the average wealth of persons in the middle class has dropped over $40,000. It took four years for a generation of wealth to evaporate. It will surely take more time than this to regain these funds. What is just as appalling is the reminder that this decline was due to bad mortgage lending. Greedy lenders and dare I say some greedy borrowers (with too little money) signed for too much...house. … [Read more...]

Taking Jesus Seriously: Mark 5:21-43

ByRev. Dr. Lewis Galloway The book of Ecclesiastes says that there is an appropriate time for every matter: there is a time to mourn and a time to laugh. When I was growing up, my sister and I used to drive our parents to distraction by our inappropriate laughter at the worst of times. Concerts, school programs, church, even funerals, brought out our nervous giggles. At my wedding, my mother told my sister that she had to sit in the back of the church and not look at me for fear of making me … [Read more...]

Lord of the Storm: Mark 4:35-41

By: Greg CareyOn a first read, Mark 4:35-41 looks like a demonstration of Jesus’ astonishing power—and so it is. Jesus’ disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee. When a violent storm threatens to destroy the boat and its inhabitants, Jesus somehow manages to remain “asleep on the cushion.”Watch the Video: Jesus Stops a StormGreg Carey, professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, discusses Mark 4:35-41. … [Read more...]


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