Ah, Jesus, I Get It Now! (Luke 17:5-10)

By Jacqui Lewis. No wonder we don’t talk about verses 7-10 of this text. Faith the size of a mustard seed. Great. Love it. Tiny seed. Lofty idea. Preachable. Even tweetable.But the rest? Say you have a servant (not even an employee, but a slave) and they are plowing the field or tending the sheep and they come in tired. Do you say, “Take a load off and have a bite to eat?” Or rather, don’t you insist that they, though tired, wait on you, cook your favorite meal, and serve it with … [Read more...]

Uber and Amos: Economic Justice in the Gig Economy (Luke 16:1-13)

By Keith Anderson.The curbside at Atlanta airport’s Terminal South is a strange place to have a moral crisis, but there I was. I had just arrived and in town and I needed a ride to my final destination. As I exited through the sliding glass door outside to the ground transportation area, on my right was the taxi stand. In my left hand was my iPhone open to the Uber app, which told me the nearest Uber car was just four minutes away.Taxi or Uber? For many, it is a question with i … [Read more...]

In God’s Hands (Jeremiah 18:1-11)

By Mihee Kim-Kort. We are living in a world with no shortage of trauma each day. From floods to tsunamis, victims of gun violence and terror, refugees seeking to preserve their lives only to find themselves caught in wars and waves, we are constantly bombarded with the reminders of a relentless suffering experienced by God’s children.Where can we turn to find assurance of God’s loving presence in our midst holding us in caring hands?The words offered to us by Jeremiah in cha … [Read more...]

Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be a Democrat or a Republican (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

By Billy Honor. If you just listened to the current presidential candidates talk, you’d think the United States is a nation comprised of only rich and middle class individuals. Almost nothing in their speeches, party platforms, and interviews would tell you that approximately 47 million citizens live in poverty in what is clearly the richest nation in the world.The reason for this political hush mouth about poverty (which, by the way, is defined as the state of being extremely p … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Wait (Luke 13:10-17)

By Matthew L. Skinner. Why We Can’t Wait is the familiar title of Martin Luther King Jr.’s book from 1964. The volume includes his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (written April 16, 1963) and makes an argument to recognize 1963 as the beginning of “the Negro Revolution” while extolling the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance.King’s “Letter” issues a call for urgency. He wrote it as a response to eight local white clergymen who had criticized his activities in Birmingham a … [Read more...]

How Long, Oh Lord? Praying Without Ceasing for Justice (Luke 11:1-13)

By Onleilove Alston. As I looked through my Facebook newsfeed I saw many of my African-American friends asking, “How long, oh Lord?” This question is not just one we asked after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were added to our great cloud of witnesses as the latest victims of racial violence, but this is a question our parents, grandparents, and generations have asked as they faced oppression.Police killed at least 136 black people in 2016, according to The Guardian’s projec … [Read more...]


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