Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be a Democrat or a Republican (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

By Billy Honor. If you just listened to the current presidential candidates talk, you’d think the United States is a nation comprised of only rich and middle class individuals. Almost nothing in their speeches, party platforms, and interviews would tell you that approximately 47 million citizens live in poverty in what is clearly the richest nation in the world.The reason for this political hush mouth about poverty (which, by the way, is defined as the state of being extremely p … [Read more...]

Navigating a World of Division (Luke 12:49-56)

By Greg Carey. In some parts of our country firefighters refer to trees and underbrush as “fuel.” As dry as it gets, especially in parts of California, it only takes a lightning stroke or an electrical spark to set off a raging forest fire.Our cultural moment feels ominous, as if we’re living next to a parched forest. In electoral politics we could scarcely imagine wider dissatisfaction or greater gaps in perception. Our leading presidential candidates have earned unfavorable pol … [Read more...]

Standing With Blue and Black Lives (Luke 12:32-40)

By Karyn L. Wiseman. iPhone or Droid? Right or wrong? Oreos or Chocolate Chips? Left or right? Action Movies or Rom-Coms? Facebook or Twitter? Toilet paper over or under? #BlackLivesMatter or #BlueLivesMatter?Many folks think that the choices we have before us are simply binary choices; one or the other has to be our position (and truthfully the toilet paper roll placement may be absolute—it’s over, people, over).But we do not have to choose one or the other the way th … [Read more...]

Moral Leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)

By Adriene Thorne.  Now the United States of America was commander of the free world. She was a great country, in her own sight and in the sight of others, highly regarded, because through her the Lord had given victory. She was a valiant warrior, but she had leprosy. _______________________________________________________My paraphrase of the 2 Kings text this Independence Day weekend captures, for me, the current flavor of our United States of America. It is evident in … [Read more...]

Walter Brueggemann on Wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

By Walter Brueggemann.This text is one of the loveliest and most important biblical texts that respond to the question: “What is the world like? How does it work?” The text is framed as a speech by “wisdom” who is presented as an active agent who has a voice for self-announcement. It is the work of the poet to bring to availability that which remains hidden but is deeply operative in the working of creation.Wisdom identifies three relationships that are crucial to the working the worl … [Read more...]

Exposing a Government’s Abuse of Power, and Other Life Hacks (Acts 16:16-40)

By Matthew L. Skinner.Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. It’s familiar to many.The story features a culture that treats people like commodities, valuing them only insofar as they produce wealth.It describes a society that closes ranks against outsiders, concluding that foreign people and ideas are detrimental to established values and incompatible with true patriotism.It tells about a system that regards punishment and incarceration as easy solutions, preferring the bl … [Read more...]


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