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...]

Parents and Prophets: Fighting for Future Generations (1 Kings 19:1-15)

By Keith Anderson.Was it Jesus who said, “No greater love has anyone than this, to sit through a school board meeting"? No, actually that was me. I whispered it to my wife as we sat together for several hours at a recent meeting of our local school board. On the agenda that evening was the adoption of a proposed district-wide gender expansive policy to protect transgendered and gender non-conforming students and bring the district in line with the U.S. Department of Education's directive … [Read more...]

Indiana and the Freedom of the Gospel

By Greg Carey. During the church’s highest holy season, Indiana’s religious freedom bill has captured our public conversation. Nuclear negotiations with Iran, a presidential election in war-torn Nigeria, and outrageous violence in Kenya notwithstanding, we can’t take our eyes off the Hoosier State and its Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Even as I write, breaking news has it that Indiana Republicans have amended the bill to rule out discrimination against LGBT folk by businesses within the sta … [Read more...]

Should Christians be Afraid of Ebola or Climate Change or ISIS or…? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

By Eric D. Barreto.Teresa Ghilarducci on faith and economic inequality. Fear is in the air. Ebola. War. Conflict. Economic turmoil. Political victories. Political losses. This is the stuff of the nightly news. And everywhere we look we have a new villain to worry about, a new threat against which we ought to brace, a new sense of hopelessness. This is nothing new, of course. The world has always been a scary place. If anything, we have become inured to the greatest threats we might … [Read more...]

A Strange Summer Vacation (Romans 13:8-14)

By Barbara K. Lundblad.Five students from different faiths travel the world in pursuit of interfaith dialogue. “What did you do on your summer vacation?”  Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. Maybe you wrote such a paper years ago. No matter what you did or where you went this past summer, it was almost impossible to escape the heaviness of the headlines. Thousands of children traveled alone from Central American countries to ente … [Read more...]

Happy Are Those Whose Help Is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)

By Lisa Nichols HickmanNewtown's Rev. Matthew Crebbin reflects on the anxiety about the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and transforming grief and anger into love and action to make a better world.After learning about Jesse Lewis, a six-year-old who died in the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago this December 14th, I’m thinking about scratching out the name Jacob in Psalm 146 and writing in Jesse.Psalm 146, verse 5 says, “Happy are those whose help is the God … [Read more...]