Don’t Ask Jesus to Say the Table Prayer (John 17:6-19)

By Barbara Lundblad.Project RETURN helps men and women leaving prison return to the community.If you ask Jesus to pray the table prayer, you need to be ready to keep your eyes closed for a long time; at least if he prays like he did in John 17. Jesus’ table prayer goes on for twenty-six verses! This isn’t “God is great. God is good. Let us thank God for our food. Amen. Let’s eat.”  Besides, when Jesus prays in John 17, they’ve already eaten the meal! This chapter is often called Jesus’ … [Read more...]

I John 3:16-24: The Love of God and the Needs of our Neighbors

By Eric D. BarretoThe presidential election season is in full bloom. Political sniping will soon reach a new apex. As the months go by, we will grow weary of the coarse political discourse and will breathe a sigh of relief on November 5th.And yet, the political season is an opportune time to turn to the texts of our faith and be reminded of the values that we hold most dear. This is an opportune time to remember that politics--though vitally important--are only one sliver of our ever … [Read more...]

Isaiah 40:21-31: On Faith and Football

By Kathryn Schifferdecker“Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31 NRSV). … [Read more...]