Freedom: For Everyone or Just People Like Us? (2 Corinthians 12:2-10)

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.For one year, five French students of different faiths traveled the world to document different models of interfaith dialogue. There are people who irk us. Something about their ideas, talk, or disposition gets under our skin. Their idiosyncrasies are like sandpaper to our souls. To be honest, we are perhaps just as irritating. The way we talk on the phone in public, how we drive in rush hour traffic, our aggression getting off a train or standing in line … [Read more...]

Pariahs No More: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

By Alvin JacksonPariah is a noun -- a person without status, a rejected member of society, an outcast.Watch the Video: My Journey as a Lesbian PastorRev. Barbara Lundblad reflects on her experiences as a lesbian pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. In 2009, the ELCA voted to allow the ordination of candidates in "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships." “For me it’s been a breath of fresh air, it has meant that I don’t have to be afraid or as … [Read more...]

The Price of Being Prophetic: Isaiah 6.1–8; John 3.1–17

By Sze-kar WanThe recent escape of the well-known blind Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng from house arrest to the American embassy has attracted a lot of attention in the media. The story is rife with possibilities in an election year, and pundits and politicians are quick to spin it to their own advantage, be it to extol their virtues or launch preemptive strikes against their opponents. It would be easy to dismiss the American reaction as cynical and crass. The state-controlled … [Read more...]