Good Samaritans All Around

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By Eric D. BarretoThe story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is so familiar that to some it probably starts to verge on a cliché. Even people who have never read the Bible, let alone the Gospel of Luke, know the image of compassion embodied by the Samaritan who takes the risk to help a stranger in the midst of great trouble. In fact, the notion of a “Good Samaritan” has a cultural cache almost entirely separate from the term’s biblical origins.However, despite many repetitions and r … [Read more...]

Luke 9:51-62: Resistance Is Futile

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By Rev. Dr. Karyn L. WisemanIn the Methodist tradition in which I was I raised, there is a concept of perfection. We “strive for perfection” in loving each other and loving God. It is not about avoiding all mistakes. It is about growing in love for neighbor and being hospitable to all we come in contact with. This is the point of our theology: as we grow in faith and love, we become closer to God. In the end, resisting God’s call to love others is pretty hard to do.And yet we know not eve … [Read more...]

Fear and Wisdom in the Immigration Debate

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By Raj NadellaThey have many labels. Undocumented immigrants. Illegal Immigrants. Illegal Aliens. Wetbacks. Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, recently suggested that most of them are “drug mules.” Some have even called them “terrorists.” But few are known by their real names or treated as people with real lives.Most of them live at the edges of the society, under inhuman and dangerous conditions, and often separated from their loved ones. For some it may be a choice. However, a vast ma … [Read more...]

Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us

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By Anthony HatcherThe Puritans sailed to these shores 400 years ago seeking freedom of religion, but freedom of their religion only. Earlier this year, a group of North Carolina lawmakers, apparently channeling the Puritans, tried to establish Christianity as the state religion.Their action was prompted by a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU noted that some county commissions and other governmental boards around the state opened meetings with prayer. While … [Read more...]

Women, Work, and the Word: Luke 7:11-17

By Eric D. BarretoA recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in ten of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women.This is both good news and bad. For many women, new opportunities are allowing them to be the primary bread-winners in their families. In some careers, women are chipping away at the very real glass ceiling so many have and continue to face. Our efforts towards equality have made some strides. Some strides.At the s … [Read more...]

What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse (Rev. 21:1-6)

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By Rev. Adam J. CopelandHow Religious Leaders Are Taking Charge of the EnvironmentalCongregations should be leading the environmental movement, says the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, president of the Regeneration Project. Interfaith Power & Light, which mobilizes a religious response to global warming, promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.Have you ever heard someone described as, “So heavenly minded, he was no earthly good?” This … [Read more...]


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