Heeding God’s Relentless Demand for Justice (Jeremiah 23:1-6)

By Keith Anderson. This year’s bruising presidential election ended in shocking fashion in the early hours of last Wednesday morning when Hillary Clinton conceded the race to now president-elect Donald Trump.Much of the focus of the election had been on leadership, temperament, experience, and fitness to lead the country. And already, in the hours and days following the election, political pundits are speculating on what kind of president Trump will be. Will he continue his i … [Read more...]

Making Justice in the Midst of Chaos (Isaiah 65:17-25)

By Onleilove Alston. This election cycle has uncovered the racism, sexism, and nativism that has always been present in American society but was hidden under the covers of political correctness and multiculturalism. For many of us Election Day and what happens after fills us with dread and frankly I would categorize this election cycle as one word: chaotic. The interesting thing about being a person of faith is that when circumstances look the bleakest in the natural world, … [Read more...]

A Work in Progress (Haggai 1:15b-2:9)

By Jacqui Lewis.As we stand on the precipice of a new presidential administration; as the discourse in the public square is mired in vitriol and violence; as the lack of value of the lives of Black folk, immigrant folk, and queer folk is plainly demonstrated by the piling-up of dead bodies; as women are characterized Mr. Trump either nasty or as objects to be rated for their looks, berated for their weight or grabbed by their vaginas; as too many Americans participate in racist, xenophobic, … [Read more...]

From a Tree to a Throne: The Story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

By Johnny Ramirez-Johnson.How would you feel today if you discovered that the credit card and bank account with all the fees involved you have been paying for some time, after all, was not opened by your spouse, it was a fraud committed by employees of Wells Fargo Bank? Experiencing being taken advantage of is not fun, it’s a bummer! In every neighborhood of Palestine they had their local abuser in situ. They were called Tax Collectors. Appointed and exercising the power of the oppressors—of … [Read more...]

Election Confession: Divided We Stand (Luke 18:9-14)

By Casey FitzGerald. Last Sunday I came home from a long day at church to find my family watching the second presidential debate. It is a favorite family pastime that debates on screen are accompanied by debates on the couch. On that particular night, voices were raised a little louder than usual. Accusations flew across the room. Hyperbolic statements were plentiful. Steam may have actually come out of my ears. I think we spent ten minutes arguing about who was less open-minded. … [Read more...]

No Justice, No Peace (Luke 18:1-8)

By Matthew L. Skinner. The system is rigged. It always has been.Prosecutors manipulate grand juries. Rapists from elite families get special leniency. Laws that stipulate minimum sentences for certain crimes prey on people of color. Greedy bankers dupe their clients then detonate the economy for their own gain and hardly receive a slap on the wrist.Sometimes a reason for hope breaks through. Sometimes a president commutes unfair prison sentences. Sometimes someone says … [Read more...]