Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations: A Study of Luke

By David A. Sánchez, Ph.D.It is an odd juxtaposition, December 21, 2012 and January 21, 2013. The former date representing the “so-called” Mayan apocalypse where the usual suspects prepared for the end of the world – many of whom were Christians awaiting the second coming of Christ – and the latter date, which is the day President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second term.In my estimation, this odd twenty-first century connection reflects the event known as the baptism of Jesu … [Read more...]

Frankincense, Myrrh and a Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12

By Lisa Nichols HickmanIn As I Lay Dying, the main character Anse appears self-absorbed when at his wife’s death he says, “God’s will be done. . . . Now I can get them teeth.” His character will certainly not be remembered for altruism. But Anse will be remembered for the physical effects of poverty: feet marred by labor, a spine permanently bent, skin unable to sweat from sunstroke suffered tending the fields, and a mouth without teeth.Sumter Faith Clinic: "The Lord Led Us" … [Read more...]

The Hell of Parenting: A Study of 1 Samuel

By Jacob D. MyersFew narratives in the Hebrew Bible are more foreign to us than this week’s lectionary.We do not give away our children. In a society determined by socio-economic forces utterly beyond the control of individual citizens (e.g., globalization) we do our best to prepare ourselves for the inevitability of change. But what happens when we lose our footing?Contemporary life changes too fast for habits and routines to have any chance to settle into a pattern. Western individuals … [Read more...]

On the Fiscal Cliff with John the Baptist: Luke 3:7-18

By Carolyn J. SharpRecently I had the unsettling experience of receiving unsolicited financial advice from John the Baptist. Not directly, of course— his counsel was mediated through an ancient codex, the Gospel of Luke. Written in the latter part of the first century, this text has been lovingly interpreted by monks, artists, preachers, musicians, and biblical scholars from past eras to today. Luke is a rich source of traditions about Jesus of Nazareth, and given the Gospel’s clear links to … [Read more...]

Who Was He? Malachi 3:1-4

By Nyasha JuniorWho was Abraham Lincoln? You may get different answers depending on whom you ask. He is known as the Great Emancipator. He was a self-taught rural Kentuckyian. He was a husband and father. Also, he was a pragmatic politician. The new film, Lincoln, seeks to address this question by focusing on the political struggles for the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the last few months before Lincoln’s death.ON Scripture: Who Is the M … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of King: John 18: 33 – 37

By Barbara K. LundbladDelores Williams, wise theologian and teacher, was my colleague when I first came to Union Seminary. She grew up in the South and remembers Sunday mornings when the minister shouted out: “Who is Jesus?” The choir responded in voices loud and strong: “King of kings and Lord Almighty!” Then, little Miss Huff, in a voice so fragile and soft you could hardly hear, would sing her own answer, “Poor little Mary’s boy.” Back and forth they sang – KING OF KINGS…Poor little Ma … [Read more...]


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