Shrewd Christians (Luke 16:1-13)

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By Verity A. JonesWe worry now, but we’ve been concerned about the economy for a long time. The economic recovery from the recession in America has been slower than we hoped, and people continue to suffer from the collapse of so many industries and jobs and safety nets.  Much of the pain seems new for large swaths of the American population. But in reality, we’ve been worrying about money forever.The August employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a slight decline i … [Read more...]

The Social Shape of Divine Generosity (Luke 12:32-40)

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By Greg CareyIt all sounds so… demanding. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. “Be dressed for action” (NRSV). Imagine yourselves as slaves who remain ready for their master’s return – not knowing when it might come.Luke’s Gospel is big on demanding. In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus encounters three would-be disciples. Each receives a warning that would vanquish enthusiasm like an ice-cold shower. “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay h … [Read more...]

Colossians 3:1-11: It’s the Name on the Front of the Jersey that Matters

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By David A. Sánchez I have always loved baseball. Growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles, baseball was the one activity that kept me away from the pitfalls many young Latino males face on a daily basis. Summer days were spent—sunrise to sunset—in makeshift sandlots in the shadows of Dodger Stadium, fielding bad-hop grounders and striping screaming line drives. It was our neighborhood pastime.On the occasion when enough coins were scraped up to venture into the venerable cath … [Read more...]

The Power of Prayer . . . at the Kmart

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By Rev. Susan Sparks When I want to remind myself of the power of prayer, I go to the Astor Place Kmart on the lower east side of Manhattan. Sure, I could read Kierkegaard or Augustine, but I prefer the Kmart. Specifically I favor an area in the far back corner of the basement. It is devoid of windows or natural light with a back wall of clear glass that faces the dungeon-like dark tunnel of the Number 6 subway train. There, you will find the most unexpected of things -- a plant … [Read more...]

What Trayvon Teaches Us

By Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D.In the days following George Zimmerman’s acquittal, I have been thinking of the Book of First Samuel, in which God tells King Saul to destroy the Amalekites as punishment for their inhospitality toward Israel (1 Samuel 15). The command is not a pretty one. This edict does not portray God as a loving, merciful Creator of all. Although Saul is the newly minted king of Israel and has all rights, privileges, power pertaining to this new title, God trumps … [Read more...]

Mary and Martha: Use Your Gifts, Whatever They May Be

 By Sister Carol Perry On a Sunny Afternoon It is a lovely late afternoon in the little village of Bethany on a hilltop outside Jerusalem.  This is a delightful place to visit because it offers a breeze above the valley.  But Jesus stops here often for more than that.  He knows he has friends in the persons of Martha and her siblings, Mary and Lazarus.This day, as the family of Bethany looks down the road, they see Jesus and some of his disciples approaching.  They know there will be time f … [Read more...]


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