Protest and God’s Presence (Isaiah 61:10–62:3)

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By Brian Bantum.We asked people on the street about the effectiveness of demonstrations and protests.While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror appeared from nowhere, surprising us in our general euphoria or mundane lives. Perhaps, this year has seemed more fraught as the weight of evil seems to bear down on the lives of the marginalized in egregiously … [Read more...]

The Self-Righteous System and the Prophetic Task (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16)

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By Brennan Breed.We asked people on the street if they think our institutions are failing us. On December 8, an Orlando-area police officer shot Cedric Bartee, an African-American man, while he was unarmed and standing with his hands in the air. The Sherriff asked the public to trust that the justice system will discover the “truth.” In the wake of grand juries refusing to indict the police officers responsible for killing Eric Garner and Michael Brown, however, it seems inevitable to ma … [Read more...]

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

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By Eric Barreto. 90-year-old Arnold Abbott feeds the homeless despite a local ban on the practice in public places. You don’t want God to ask you to be a prophet. You really don’t. When God calls you to some holy task, you might expect a contemplative path, a quiet life of service and love of neighbor. You might expect a comfortable life of piety and hopefulness, grace and caring. But true prophets know better. Prophets tend not to have such idyllic hopes for God’s call. Prophets kno … [Read more...]

Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration (Isaiah 40:1-11)

By David Garber. Antoinne Murphy shares his achievements since his incarceration. The topic of exile often gives pause to mainline Christians. While many might draw personal analogies to the experience of exile—through individual traumas such as illness, the loss of a family member, or the break-up of a relationship—most of us have not experienced forced migration to a land that is not our own, stealing our personal freedom and thwarting our economic opportunity. The words in Isaiah 40:1 … [Read more...]

Jesus, Poor People, and the Underside of Thanksgiving (Matthew 25:31-46)

By Billy Honor.Midnight Run is dedicated to helping the homeless population in New York City. I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the fellowship, the friends and family, the football and did I mention that I love the food.  Unashamedly it might very well be my favorite holiday.  Yet, despite all my warm feelings about Thanksgiving, I am not blind to its historical shortcomings. As Jane Kamensky says, “…holidays say much less about who we really were in some specific Then, than about wh … [Read more...]

Since We Have to Wait, We’d Better Get to Work (Matthew 25:1-13)

By Matthew L. Skinner.  North Fork Spanish Apostolate has helped thousands of immigrants in Long Island.What does the Christian life consist of? What does God expect from us? Here’s Jesus’ answer, according to Matthew’s Gospel: “Wait faithfully. Together. Or else.” Sure, that isn’t an exact quotation, but it sums up—again, according to Matthew—what Jesus says to his followers when he instructs them about how they should live after he has departed from this earth. Let me address the … [Read more...]


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