Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters (Genesis 22:1-14)

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By Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson.A veteran and military spouse speaks about the challenges facing her community."Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you" (Genesis 22:1 NRSV). Was God really directing Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Why?When this text was written, child sacrifices were fairly commonplace. Across ancient cultures, many believed that offering … [Read more...]

Pressing on Toward Higher Goals: Philippians 3:4b-14

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By Efrain AgostoI have often wondered about the trajectories my life has taken. I was raised a Latino Pentecostal in New York City but educated in a liberal arts tradition at Columbia University in Manhattan. I was exposed to evangelical and then liberal Protestant traditions in seminary and graduate school. My theological views have changed over the years. I have moved from Pentecostal to Baptist to Congregational (United Church of Christ) church traditions.Yet at each step of the … [Read more...]

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together

By Barbara K LundbladThis is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Tuesday the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some people will celebrate all three with thanksgiving. Others will find nothing to celebrate – especially the decision of January 22, 1973 that struck down state laws banning abortion.The 40-Year Impact of Roe v. Wade on the United StatesThe S … [Read more...]

Mark 1:4 – 11: Does Baptism Make for Better Presidents?

By Andy WattsChristians seem to have a genetic disposition for describing people and events through a biblical lens. It makes sense. We are story-formed people, and the Bible shapes our political, moral and social imaginations.It follows, then, that our judgments about Presidents and presidential candidates will also arise from our Bible-shaped imaginations. … [Read more...]


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