Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters (Genesis 22:1-14)

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By Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson. A veteran and military spouse speaks about the challenges facing her community. "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you" (Genesis 22:1 NRSV). Was God really directing Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Why? When this text was written, child sacrifices were fairly commonplace. Across ancient cultures, many believed that offering … [Read more...]

Why You Ought to Leave the Church (John 4:5-42)

By Matthew L. Skinner Recently, a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination. I’m not 100 percent sure I know why. But the no-regrets explanation they wrote implied that religious differences between us were too severe for them to stay committed to our relationship. Religion has a way of making people do extraordinary things to create peace and unity. It also, as we know well, has a destructive capacity to turn people against one another. It can make us grip our … [Read more...]

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By Greg Carey The legacy of Eve continues to permeate images of women in our society. What was that Eve all about? We could let the advertising industry tell us. Katie B. Edwards’ recent book, Admen and Eve, uncovers (that was a pun) several diverse, even contradictory uses Eve serves. Obviously, the Eve story provides a free opportunity to depict naked or nearly naked models coupled in kinky ways with men—and with snakes. Eve, the temptress, overwhelms our resistance with … [Read more...]

How to Be Perfect (Matthew 5:38-48)

By Eric D. Barreto There's more to this year's Olympics than sports. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you noticed how insatiable our egos are? How deeply insecure we all are? Perfect? You cannot mean what you seem to mean. What then do we do with this seemingly impossible call? For many of us, this is one of … [Read more...]

A New Way of Being “Pro-Choice”

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By Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D. Ella Baker chose her own path to effecting positive change. “I knew from the beginning that as a woman, an older woman, in a group of ministers who are accustomed to having women largely as supporters, there was no place for me to come into a leadership role. The competition wasn’t worth it.” These are the words Ella Baker spoke regarding her decision to leave the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC, in 1958. Baker was one of … [Read more...]

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...]


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