What’s So “Domestic” About Violence? (Philippians 4:1-9)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.People share their opinions and experiences about a growing concern—bullying.  I carry a purple purse. I actually bought it three years ago to treat myself to something new. Many women have complimented it, honestly to my surprise. Not that the purse is atrocious, but it does not carry a Gucci, Michael Kors, Coach, Chanel or any other tony label. It is just a purple purse that fits me and holds my essentials, and sometimes those of my children. Until re … [Read more...]

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity with Paul (Romans 12:1-8)

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By Jacob D. MyersObesity is hitting the current generation of US children particularly hard. Do you want to know a secret about working out? Here it is: we don’t grow our muscles in the gym. When we lift weights we perform controlled damage to our bodies; we literally tear our muscle fibers, forcing our bodies to adapt. We improve outside of the gym by consuming healthy foods. To “battle the bulge” requires a commitment to strenuous exercise and healthy eating. All who have enjoyed (or end … [Read more...]

 By Kimberly D. Russaw.People talk about how they give to those in need. Those readers who have a passing acquaintance with the biblical story of Joseph may simply remember him for his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while others more theologically invested in Scripture may understand Joseph’s as a story of God’s providence.  Still others may read this story at the end of Genesis as one about a younger brother’s largess surprising his bullying older brothers as a literary forerunner to th … [Read more...]

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Our Dysfunctional Families (Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28)

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By Rev. David Lewicki.People talk about their families and sibling relationships. Before I knew God, I knew Joseph. If you grew up in the '80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s story came through a local high school or community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. That musical (by Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice) playfully (and rather faithfully) tells the story of a young boy, the favorite son o … [Read more...]

What Makes a Family? (Mark 3:20-35)

By Matthew L. Skinner“Parents just don’t understand” might be an ever-present theme in popular music, but it’s hardly a modern phenomenon.Jesus’ Family DiscordIf you’re looking for snapshots of well-adjusted and happy parent-child relationships from the ancient world, the Bible probably shouldn’t be on your short list of sources. Consider even Jesus’ family, for example. The New Testament preserves evidence suggesting that Jesus’ relationship with his mother was rather strained. Sim … [Read more...]


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