Except This Foreigner (Luke 17:11-19)

By Eric D. Barreto. If Jesus’ words never strike me as strange, if Jesus’ words never cause me some sense of unrest, if Jesus’ words never trouble me, then I can be sure of one thing: I can be sure that I am missing something important.In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus heals ten lepers who beg for his mercy. Having healed them, Jesus tells them to show themselves to the priests. As they go and discover that they have been delivered from a malady that is as spiritual as it is physical, only … [Read more...]

Moral Leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)

By Adriene Thorne.  Now the United States of America was commander of the free world. She was a great country, in her own sight and in the sight of others, highly regarded, because through her the Lord had given victory. She was a valiant warrior, but she had leprosy. _______________________________________________________My paraphrase of the 2 Kings text this Independence Day weekend captures, for me, the current flavor of our United States of America. It is evident in … [Read more...]

The End of Excuses (Luke 9:51-62)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.I’m a news junky and the last few weeks have been intense to say the least. They have been filled with tragic, uplifting, historic, and profound moments. Here are a few:We commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the storming of the beaches on D-Day during World War II and remembered the sacrifice of those brave souls who fought to bring freedom to our world.A woman reached the critical number of delegates to be declared the presumptive nominee of a major p … [Read more...]

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Our Chance to See God (Mark 9:30-37)

By Cari Jackson.Europe is dealing with its worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.Since 2011, more than 200,000 Syrians have died in the civil war. Close to 12 million, one-half of the Syrian population of 23 million, have been forced from their homes. More than 4 million have fled. What began as an act of civil protest has continued to expand to civil war, genocide, and mass exodus. It began as protest in response to the arrest and torture of teenagers who wrote revolutionary … [Read more...]

Immigration: Love Without Borders (1 Kings 8)

By Roger S. Nam.  The 2016 presidential election season has brought increased attention to the topic of immigration in recent weeks. In the coming sixteen months(!), the American public can expect the different presidential candidates to navigate through immigration issues in order to win voters, whether through shocking opening salvos designed for media attention, or strategically guarded statements intended to repel as few voters as possible. A quick look at the language of the … [Read more...]

Immigration: Journey to a New Life (Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22)

By Lisa Nichols Hickman. The faith communities of Laredo, Texas, help immigrants. All too often, Lent is about ‘my’ personal journey to the cross:I’m giving up… My Lenten discipline is… During Lent, I’m trying to…. During Lent, I’m fasting from...But Psalm 107 will have none of that “me, my and I.” Even when attempts are made to live beyond this presumption of self, we still land all too often in our own backyard.  Instead of giving up chocolate, we add compassion on my t … [Read more...]