All the Charlestons: We Press On for Justice

By Eric D. Barreto.Rev. Dr. James Forbes reflects on racism. Weariness is the constant companion of those who seek justice. A year punctuated with tragedies around racial inequalities culminated in a burst of hateful violence during a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Mother Emanuel church. And as these nine faithful souls have been laid to rest, I have been struck by a refrain that many of my friends have been voicing. I’m tired, they say. I’m growing weary of fighting these same fig … [Read more...]

Sorry, Presidential Candidates: Hope Resides in Groans, Not In Your Rhetoric (Romans 8:22-27)

By Matthew L. Skinner.We asked people about the upcoming 2016  presidential election. Hope Votes It’s election season. Hold your groans, but I’m obliged to point out that the 2016 US presidential campaign is gathering momentum. Please, make it stop. So far, eight men and women from the two major parties have formally declared their candidacy. Actually, eight is the number of candidates whose names you might know. There are others. And even more will declare their intentions soon … [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...]

Heaven Is a Home (John 14:1-14)

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By Eric D. BarretoUndocumented immigrants like Thelma live in fear of deportation and losing their "home."When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney characters. Let me explain.Growing up in Puerto Rico, the American “mainland” to our north was for me a dreamland of sorts. You could catch a glimpse of it on television shows depicting Main Streets lined with impressive trees. And of course, there was Disney World. As a fiv … [Read more...]

Can This World Be Saved? (Isaiah 2:1-5)

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By Bryan BibbImagine that you are sailing on the Titanic, and you alone know that the great ocean liner will hit an iceberg in 24 hours. What do you do? Whom do you tell? The answer depends on one important factor: can the crisis be averted? If you can somehow get the captain’s attention, the crew might be able to change course and avoid disaster. But if you know that the ship will sink regardless of your best efforts, what then? In that case, the best course of action is to get as many p … [Read more...]

The Downfall of Giving Into Fear: Mark 6:14-29

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By Rev. James M. ChildsJohn the Baptist was convicted, convinced of his ordination to prepare the way of the Messiah with a call to repentance. Herod Antipas was conflicted, assailed by contradictory impulses within himself and vulnerable to pressures outside himself.Watch the Video: ON Scripture: Death of John the BaptistBarbara K. Lundblad, Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary, discusses the Biblical text Mark 6:14-29, featured in the ON Scripture: The … [Read more...]


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