Poverty, Wealth, and Equality? James 2:1-10, 11-13, 14-17

By Margaret Aymer Poor people. These are the two words underlying much of the political arguments coming across the airwaves right now. There is great discussion about “Medicaid,” “Medicare,” “The Affordable Care Act [aka Obamacare or Romneycare],” “Welfare,” “Big Government” and “Social Security. But two words rarely heard in the 2012 political campaign: poor people. Watch the Video: Faces of Poverty: A Single FatherAfter suffering a layoff and searching for work for two years, … [Read more...]

Who Will Be America’s Next Leader? I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

By Dr. Walter BrueggemannThe old king, David, is dead. It is time to pick his successor as king. In retrospect it seems obvious that his son, Solomon, was his rightful heir. In the moment, however, the matter of succession to the throne is highly contested. Two sons of David, Solomon and Adonijah, are both aggressive candidates for the succession. In the end, Solomon prevails and becomes king. But not easily! He must engage in choreographed deception with the aid of powerful allies. He is … [Read more...]

I John 3:16-24: The Love of God and the Needs of our Neighbors

By Eric D. BarretoThe presidential election season is in full bloom. Political sniping will soon reach a new apex. As the months go by, we will grow weary of the coarse political discourse and will breathe a sigh of relief on November 5th.And yet, the political season is an opportune time to turn to the texts of our faith and be reminded of the values that we hold most dear. This is an opportune time to remember that politics--though vitally important--are only one sliver of our ever … [Read more...]

John 3:14-21: Bouncers and the “In” Crowd

By Rev. Margaret AymerWho's in? Who's out? Groups that are trying to protect themselves focus heavily on this question, particularly in times of conflict and controversy. They may have great ideals about welcoming all comers, but those who approach, thinking the doors are wide open can find criteria for entry magically appear like a velvet rope at the entrance to an exclusive club. Of course, part of the argument, implicitly or explicitly, is that those who do not meet the established … [Read more...]

Mark 1:21-28: The Need for Authentic Leadership

By Rev. Angela ZimmannOnce every four years, it happens like clockwork: Primary Season, when all across America voters trek to the ballot box to make history while our presidential contenders battle for every vote. This year, we watched as Mitt, Newt, and Rick traveled from Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina and saw the casualties occur along the way. Michele Bachmann is gone, Rick Perry fizzled, and Jon Huntsman faded away. Now it’s on to Florida for the January 31st primary. And there … [Read more...]

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders and Outsiders

By Mark G. Vitalis HoffmanMatthew 18:15-20is an insider's text for outsiders. From Matthew's perspective, Jesus is both warning and assuring those inside the young Christian church. It is a church, however, whose members stand outside the main streams of both religious and civil practice. … [Read more...]


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