Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration (Isaiah 40:1-11)

By David Garber. Antoinne Murphy shares his achievements since his incarceration. The topic of exile often gives pause to mainline Christians. While many might draw personal analogies to the experience of exile—through individual traumas such as illness, the loss of a family member, or the break-up of a relationship—most of us have not experienced forced migration to a land that is not our own, stealing our personal freedom and thwarting our economic opportunity. The words in Isaiah 40:1 … [Read more...]

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing

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By Jacqueline J. Lewis.A timeline of the events in Ferguson.  I suppose if Ferguson was an isolated context or if Michael Brown’s death was an anomaly, congregations this Sunday might simply pray for the families, for the burning buildings, for the broken glass in the streets and the broken hearts in Ferguson and around the nation. But neither is true. Eric Garner. Marlene Pinnock. Akai Gurley. Trayvon Martin. Emmett Till. The stories attached to these names break our hearts and m … [Read more...]

It’s Time Again: Depression and the Holidays (Isaiah 64:1-9)

By Barbara Lundblad.Depression hits Americans hard during the holidays. What time is it? Don’t check your watch. This is something else all together. We know it will soon be the end of November and the end of Thanksgiving weekend. In the Christian calendar, it’s the beginning of Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. For many people, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a tough time to get through. There are too many reminders of loss:the empty chair at the Tha … [Read more...]

Jesus, Poor People, and the Underside of Thanksgiving (Matthew 25:31-46)

By Billy Honor.Midnight Run is dedicated to helping the homeless population in New York City. I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the fellowship, the friends and family, the football and did I mention that I love the food.  Unashamedly it might very well be my favorite holiday.  Yet, despite all my warm feelings about Thanksgiving, I am not blind to its historical shortcomings. As Jane Kamensky says, “…holidays say much less about who we really were in some specific Then, than about wh … [Read more...]

Should Christians be Afraid of Ebola or Climate Change or ISIS or…? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

By Eric D. Barreto.Teresa Ghilarducci on faith and economic inequality. Fear is in the air. Ebola. War. Conflict. Economic turmoil. Political victories. Political losses. This is the stuff of the nightly news. And everywhere we look we have a new villain to worry about, a new threat against which we ought to brace, a new sense of hopelessness. This is nothing new, of course. The world has always been a scary place. If anything, we have become inured to the greatest threats we might … [Read more...]

Since We Have to Wait, We’d Better Get to Work (Matthew 25:1-13)

By Matthew L. Skinner.  North Fork Spanish Apostolate has helped thousands of immigrants in Long Island.What does the Christian life consist of? What does God expect from us? Here’s Jesus’ answer, according to Matthew’s Gospel: “Wait faithfully. Together. Or else.” Sure, that isn’t an exact quotation, but it sums up—again, according to Matthew—what Jesus says to his followers when he instructs them about how they should live after he has departed from this earth. Let me address the … [Read more...]


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