How to Love Like a Mother (John 10:1-10)

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By Anne Sutherland HowardHow one mother who lost a child to gun violence tried to make the world safer for others.In my Santa Barbara, California neighborhood, which we sometimes call “Leave it to Beaver Land” for its seeming serenity and peace, a new practice has become evident. Children no longer walk alone to our neighborhood elementary school. Every morning, a parade of mothers and fathers accompany their children the short distance to school, dogs in tow and cellphones in hand. I … [Read more...]

Go Ahead and Die Already (Luke 24:13-35)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderThe role of race in the imposition of the death penalty is just one of the controversies that continues to surround the issue.Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We appreciate life, but we are seduced at the intricacies and unknowns of death. While there is much enjoyment and celebration over health, personal accomplishments, births, and birthdays, women and men around the world ponder the “what ifs” con … [Read more...]

Reorienting Ourselves to the Earth (Acts 2:14a, 22-32)

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By Raj NadellaThe accelerated pace of climate change deterioration in recent decades is highlighted in the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was released in December 2013. This report highlights the alarming rates of carbon emissions in recent years and the massive disruptions to the nature that occur as a result. It warns that the disruptions could affect all areas of life and endanger the world’s food supply itself. The worst is yet to come. All this might s … [Read more...]

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...]


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