Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: A Call for Radical Mercy

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By Shane Claiborne. It’s hard to have mercy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” And he certainly demonstrates that mercy on the cross as he forgives the people nailing him to it. But as a follower of Christ, mercy seems like an audacious thing to ask of us. His guilt is clear. He posted offensive, arrogant messages all over the Internet. He carved a manifesto of revenge into the boat where he hid as police captured him. He fli … [Read more...]

Don’t Ask Jesus to Say the Table Prayer (John 17:6-19)

By Barbara Lundblad.Project RETURN helps men and women leaving prison return to the community.If you ask Jesus to pray the table prayer, you need to be ready to keep your eyes closed for a long time; at least if he prays like he did in John 17. Jesus’ table prayer goes on for twenty-six verses! This isn’t “God is great. God is good. Let us thank God for our food. Amen. Let’s eat.”  Besides, when Jesus prays in John 17, they’ve already eaten the meal! This chapter is often called Jesus’ … [Read more...]

Preaching Reflections on Freddie Gray and Baltimore

In light of this week's events in Baltimore, MD, several of our ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the conversation, join us on Twitter at #onscripture. Rev. Eric D. Barreto, Ph.D. Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary: St Paul, MN Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence and public outrage are once again filling our lives. Or I should say that these conflicts are burdening some with … [Read more...]

Ferguson and Forgiveness (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

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By Walter Brueggemann.We asked people what they think about racism in America. Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the reality of our life in preparation for Easter, a radical new beginning.When, through this illusion breaking homework, we connect with reality we see that in our society the fabric of human community is almost totally broken and one glaring evidence of such brokenness is the current unrelieved tension between … [Read more...]

Forsaking the “Whiteness” of the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)

By Keith Anderson. We asked a random group of people: Who do you talk to? Sparked by the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the subsequent deaths at the hands of law enforcement of Eric Garner in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, protests under the banners of #ferguson, #icantbreathe, and #blacklivesmatter have spread around the country and a passionate conversation about the role of race in America has been rejoined. These protests, along with coverage by news … [Read more...]

Maye God’s Trying to Tell You Something (1 Samuel 3:1-20)

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By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.Faith leaders speak out on how well the faith community has upheld the tradition of civil rights and social justice activism. In the motion picture adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, Shug Avery leaves Harpo’s Juke Joint, on her way to the church pastored by her estranged father. On a forced march through cotton fields, Shug is accompanied by an impromptu choir, singing on their way, “Maybe God’s trying to tell you something!” written by the late A … [Read more...]


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