Paul’s Call to Unity and Dr. King’s Legacy (1 Corinthians 1:10-17)

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By Doug Hume Does the faith community fall short of the ideals established by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.? There is no question that our nation is currently deeply divided about a great many issues. In our effort to enshrine him, some may have lost sight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. too addressed a nation that was divided. With all the media focus on the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination this past fall, the fiftieth anniversary of another great national tragedy … [Read more...]

Hearing Job: Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)

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By David G. Garber, Jr. The mother of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, who was killed almost a year ago in the Sandy Hook School shooting, talks about coping with that trauma. The plight of Job is one of the most familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. Many of us know Job’s suffering and the tortuous advice of Job’s “comforters.” The experience of suffering is universal. In the midst of our suffering, we seek to understand, to process, to comprehend. For individuals of faith, events of … [Read more...]

I John 3:16-24: The Love of God and the Needs of our Neighbors

By Eric D. Barreto The presidential election season is in full bloom. Political sniping will soon reach a new apex. As the months go by, we will grow weary of the coarse political discourse and will breathe a sigh of relief on November 5th. And yet, the political season is an opportune time to turn to the texts of our faith and be reminded of the values that we hold most dear. This is an opportune time to remember that politics--though vitally important--are only one sliver of our ever … [Read more...]

Mark 9:2-9: Visions of Jesus on the Mountain

By Barbara Kay Lundblad Is there room in our lives for visions we cannot explain? Have we closed our minds to truth that doesn’t fit our rational categories? In her book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard shares stories of doctors who performed early cataract surgery in Europe. When a doctor removed bandages from one girl’s eyes, she saw “the tree with the lights in it.” Those words sent Dillard on her own journey. “It was for this tree I searched through the peach orchards of … [Read more...]

1 Samuel 3:1-20: Prayerful Listening, Prophetic Proclaiming

By Luke A. Powery This upcoming weekend leads into the day which celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King was a preacher, pastor, and civil rights activist. When people remember Dr. King, one of the first things they may think of is his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered before the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 for the March on Washington, D.C. for Civil Rights. He was a gifted orator rooted in the black church tradition. But he was so much more than an … [Read more...]

Mark 1:1-8: God Barges Into Our Lives

By Michael Joseph Brown Beginnings can be abrupt. Our minds tend to search, often in vain, for the cause or the reason for a movement when, in truth, movements are frequently more the product of a confluence of causes or reasons rather than attributable to just one. … [Read more...]


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