Preaching Reflections on Michael Brown and Ferguson

In light of this week's events in Ferguson, Missouri, 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.Eric D. Barreto Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary The last thing a preacher wants to do on a Saturday night is to log into Facebook.I exaggerate, of course, but I found myself scrambling last week when I learned of Michael … [Read more...]

More than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 and Disability

By Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NRSV). I hope you’ve all read or seen The Fault in Our Stars by now. Each of the main characters has a disability: Gus has a prosthesis after his leg is amputated; Hazel remains on an oxygen tank due to faulty lungs; Isaac becomes blind during the course of the movie. I wonder how this verse from Romans would play with Hazel, Gus, Isaac, or anyone who loves them:“We kno … [Read more...]

All in the Family (Genesis 25:19-34)

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By Nyasha Junior.Student loan debt in America by the numbers.Irresponsible. Foolish. Impulsive. Recent college graduates with substantial student loans are sometimes regarded in these terms. Those who attended college decades ago, with a $15 per credit hour, may assume that these graduates are spoiled Millennials who “should have known better” than to agree to the loan terms.Many recent college graduates are facing crushing student loan debt and high unemployment rates. According to … [Read more...]

The First Multi-Media Blowup Moment (Acts 2:1-21)

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By Dr. Karyn L. WisemanHow the story of the Nigerian girls came to the world's attention.Can you imagine sitting in a public space and all of a sudden everyone around you starts to speak in a different language? And yet somehow you still understand them? Can you imagine the cacophony of sounds this event would cause? Can you envision the power it would take to make this astonishing moment happen?Is it a miracle? Possession? Paranormal activity? It likely would freak you … [Read more...]

Christian Suffering in a World of Suffering

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By David A. SánchezThe recent focus on the kidnapped girls in Nigeria shines a light on the suffering of women and girls all around the world.Perhaps it is due to my ongoing fascination with Jewish and Christian apocalypses that the motif of suffering is constantly on my mind. I am always struck with John the Seer’s words of praise and encouragement in his letters to the seven churches of the Apocalypse that are patiently enduring persecution, affliction, distress, and tribulation. Th … [Read more...]

Go Ahead and Die Already (Luke 24:13-35)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderThe role of race in the imposition of the death penalty is just one of the controversies that continues to surround the issue.Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We appreciate life, but we are seduced at the intricacies and unknowns of death. While there is much enjoyment and celebration over health, personal accomplishments, births, and birthdays, women and men around the world ponder the “what ifs” con … [Read more...]


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