A Covenant of Neighborly Justice: Break the Chains of Quid Pro Quo (Isaiah 55:1-9)

By Walter Brueggemann.In this season of Lent, this text of summons may be a sobering one for us. In this election season amid shrill or buoyant rhetoric, we may not notice that there real choices to be made, even as Jews in ancient Babylon were confronted with real choices of a most elemental kind.These verses are addressed to elite Israelites who had been forcibly deported to Babylon when Jerusalem had been destroyed. While these deported elites yearned for a return to Jerusalem, it … [Read more...]

The Money Lie: Consumerism’s Empty Promise (Philippians 3:17-4:1)

By Adam J. Copeland.My wife and I are beginning to start the process of buying a house for the first time. For better or for worse, we have become regular viewers of HGTV’s line of television shows that target would-be home consumers just like us. There’s “Fixer Upper,” “Flip or Flop,” “Property Brothers,” “Love It or List It,” and…boy, could I go on. On the one hand these shows give us an interesting entre into what’s possible when it comes to buying and renovating a house. They may expa … [Read more...]

Revolutionary Love: Dismantling Hierarchy and Pushing Boundaries (Romans 10:8b-13)

By Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis.I must confess that I am an African-American woman, a Christian woman, a woman who believes there is more than one path to God. Working in the Black Lives Matter movement with people of many faiths, I get a little fidgety when I hear the words “confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead.” I think, “Hey, what about my Jewish friend, Stef? She is not confessing the Lord-ship of Yeshua/Jesus. What about my friend Hussein? Is he not saved … [Read more...]

Transfiguration: Encouragement for Faithfulness Unto Death (Luke 9:28-36)

By James Forbes.The gospel account of the transfiguration of Jesus comes at a time when we desperately need its powerful message of encouragement. Our nation is in the midst of an epidemic of what I call “a degenerative discouragement syndrome." The news cycle enumerates a list of issues and concerns which seem to resist remediation or repair. The causes we struggle to address will differ but somewhere, right now, people are frustrated in their efforts to solve the problems related to ( … [Read more...]

Walls: Not in My Backyard (Luke 4:21-30)

By Greg Carey.Lots of our public conversations these days relate to boundaries. In a presidential election year, with seemingly countless candidates and endless debates, it’s hard to avoid the angry voices and fierce scowls.There is so much arguing over boundaries. Should we welcome refugees from Syria, a nation torn by civil war and terrorism? How should our society respond to others who have immigrated here without government approval? Although immigration from our southern border h … [Read more...]

Tamir Rice and the Anguish of Our National Sin (Nehemiah 8:1-10)

By Robert Williamson.On December 28, just before New Year’s Day, a Cleveland grand jury declined to indict the officers who killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who had been playing with a toy gun in a park near his home. For many, the news resounded as yet one more tragic refrain in the long litany of our nation’s utter disregard for Black lives. Extinguished in the innocence of childhood, without even a second thought.America’s history of white supremacy stretches back to the very f … [Read more...]


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