Do You Know How to Two-Step?

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.Fifty years later, poverty is still an issue in America.I cannot say I am the greatest dancer. I enjoy all types of music. The rhythms of my eclectic taste often entice me to move. Naturally, I easily find myself swaying this way or that way. My feet are not far behind. Only sheer foolishness would compel me to compare my dancing with grace and gifts of Beyonce, Tina Turner, or any champion from Dancing With the Stars. I know my limits. That’s one of t … [Read more...]

A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58:1-9a)

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By Barbara LundbladMidnight Run distributes food, clothing, and toiletries to the homeless.his has been a hard winter—from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s been a very hard winter for Tanya and Red and Jamie and Andre and Adrian and Mercy. They are my neighbors here in New York City. It’s not that the heat was shut off in their apartments because they didn’t pay their bills. They have no apartments. Since last fall, they have made their beds on the steps of Riverside Church, under the scaff … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Super Bowl; Be Suspicious of Its Values (Matthew 5:1-12)

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By Matthew L. SkinnerEye-opening numbers about the Super Bowl…and how they stack up against other things going on in America. If the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl comes down to the game’s final play, and you find yourself inclined to ask Jesus to help your favorite team win, remember: It’s quite possible he doesn’t know squat about tackle football.At least, when we read the opening sentences of his Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5:1-12), it seems his values are li … [Read more...]

Baptism, Righteousness, and the War on Poverty: A 2014 Epiphany (Matthew 3:13-17)

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By Roger NamFifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "war on poverty in America."On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a landmark State of the Union address, inaugurating the War on Poverty. The speech preceded a variety of legislative actions that addressed the enormous levels of poverty of the 1960s and explicitly linked the crisis to racial and ideological tensions. Regardless of one’s own political leanings, the ideals of fairness and justice e … [Read more...]

#firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

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The Rev. Keith AndersonJoseph's story of concern for his family echoes in the story of Glen, a father struggling to provide for his daughter.With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics. In many cases, they will be faced with what is popularly known as #firstworldproblems—problems of i … [Read more...]

Jesus, Poor Veterans and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21:5-19)

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By Billy HonorAfter serving in Iraq, a young father battles unemployment as he and his wife fight to get a leg up in a tough economy.There is a popular African proverb that says when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.  This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the most.  It is a historical truth that those who make the decision to wage wars (military, legislative, o … [Read more...]


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