All the Saints: Luke 6:20-31

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By Greg Carey Seniors talk about the blessings and challenges that come with getting older. I probably shouldn’t admit how much I like Halloween. I’m too much of a slug to deck out my house, I rarely wear a costume, and I haven’t been to a wild party in years, but I love the excitement children bring to the whole process. Then again, there’s the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown—what’s better than that? I’m pretty much a sucker for Halloween. I was … [Read more...]

Lip Service – But Where Is the Heart?

By Dirk G. Lange Human beings want religion not God. Or, to put it slightly differently (and perhaps in a more nuanced manner!), they all too easily equate religion with a very particular, culturally determined, idea of God. They name their religion – their rites, their laws, their stories – divine or Bible-based. They find mystical origins for their laws turning those laws into unquestionable truths. Watch the Video: What Contaminates a Life? Efrain Agosto, a … [Read more...]

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

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By Rev. James M. Childs John 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 Baptist Barbara 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...]

Taking Jesus Seriously: Mark 5:21-43

ByRev. Dr. Lewis Galloway The book of Ecclesiastes says that there is an appropriate time for every matter: there is a time to mourn and a time to laugh. When I was growing up, my sister and I used to drive our parents to distraction by our inappropriate laughter at the worst of times. Concerts, school programs, church, even funerals, brought out our nervous giggles. At my wedding, my mother told my sister that she had to sit in the back of the church and not look at me for fear of making me … [Read more...]

Lord of the Storm: Mark 4:35-41

By: Greg Carey On a first read, Mark 4:35-41 looks like a demonstration of Jesus’ astonishing power—and so it is. Jesus’ disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee. When a violent storm threatens to destroy the boat and its inhabitants, Jesus somehow manages to remain “asleep on the cushion.” Watch the Video: Jesus Stops a Storm Greg Carey, professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, discusses Mark 4:35-41. … [Read more...]

Acts 10: 44-48: Holy Calamity

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By Rev. David Lewicki We were warned. In the second chapter of the Book of Acts, after a resurrected Jesus leaves the scene for good, the first disciples are hanging out, waiting for God-knows-what. What, exactly, does one wait for after you’ve just seen your dead friend come back to life and eat a piece of fish (Luke 24)? Watch the Video: Faces of Poverty: A War Veteran After serving in Iraq, a young father returns to Reading, Pa. and battles unemployment as he … [Read more...]


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