The Value of Chump Change: Mark 12:38-44

By Greg CareyIs poverty what it used to be? Or has poverty grown so shameful that we dare not speak its name? So determined are we keep poverty out of view, we erase the presence of the poor from Jesus’ teachings. The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer – an example of generosity.The election has just passed. As I’m writing this, I don’t know who will win. I do know this: … [Read more...]

How to Vote like a Christian: Mark 12:28-34

By Eric D. BarretoIt seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the core of faith and could--if we really were to trust God--transform the world.Similarly then and with election day looming, voting should be an easy affair: people of faith should vote for the candidates whose policies would most embody a love of God and neighbor.It seems so easy, but it isn’t if we are honest with ourselves and gracious towards those who dis … [Read more...]

God’s Return Policy: Jeremiah 31:7-9

By Gregory Lee CuéllarDebates on immigration in the United States continue to move in the default direction of North/South. As such, the prominent debating points often direct public attention to the U.S./Mexico border fence and the Latina/o community. By sleight-of-hand, many in the mainstream media tend to recast a centuries-old U.S. immigration experience as a Latina/o problem.Unlike the variety of migration stories in the Bible, the forces creating migration for many Latina/o … [Read more...]

Is It Possible To Govern “Biblically”?

By Matthew L. SkinnerTemptations to hold and wield power are usually tough to pass up. Power is alluring whether we imagine having it over others or on behalf of them, whether it’s power in society, at home, or in a workplace. … [Read more...]

The Wizard Is In: Or Is He?

By Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-SolesOn September 25, 2012, President Obama presented new initiatives to address human trafficking in America. He did this as the President of the United States, but I know he also did it as a parent of two children. How do I know? He said so: "When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family, or girls my daughters' ages run away from home and are lured -- that's slavery.”The Quest to End Child TraffickingLeaders across the faith s … [Read more...]

Eating with the Enemy: Esther’s Story

By Lisa HickmanWhen ‘Enemies’ MeetDuring the Everest climbing season last May, just 1000 feet from the top of the world, twenty-four year old Israeli law student Nadav Ben-Yehuda noticed a 64 year old Turkish man, Aydin Irmak, lying in the snow with no gloves, no oxygen, no shelter as other climbers streamed past him in their quest for the summit.Climbers know instantly 26,000 feet is the infamous ‘death zone’ where the lack of oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life for any le … [Read more...]


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