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...]

Who Am I? Rant vs. Relationship (Hosea 11:1-11)

By Walter Brueggemann. This poem in Hosea, by the force of prophetic imagination, takes us inside the troubled interiority of God. It does not, however, start there. It begins, rather, with an external encounter between God and God’s people, Israel. The poetry is cast in the imagery of “father-son,” with God cast as father and Israel cast as son. (It could as well have been cast as “mother-daughter,” but that would not happen in that ancient patriarchal society.) The imagery of “fath … [Read more...]

Jesus, Justice-Fatigue, and Why Being Black Is Exhausting (John 12:1-8)

By Billy Honor.Several days ago I was asked by a local news reporter what my response was to the report that Donald Trump, the leading vote getter in the Republican Presidential primary, waffled on whether or not to denounce the support of widely known White Supremacist David Duke.  Normally, it would have taken me seconds to get on my rhetorical high horse and rattle off a list of reasons why I found this deplorable yet not surprising given the current public resurgence of white … [Read more...]

Tamir Rice and the Anguish of Our National Sin (Nehemiah 8:1-10)

By Robert Williamson.On December 28, just before New Year’s Day, a Cleveland grand jury declined to indict the officers who killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who had been playing with a toy gun in a park near his home. For many, the news resounded as yet one more tragic refrain in the long litany of our nation’s utter disregard for Black lives. Extinguished in the innocence of childhood, without even a second thought.America’s history of white supremacy stretches back to the very f … [Read more...]

Ferguson One Year Later: Give Us Wisdom (1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14)

By Lisa Sharon Harper.One year since the death of Michael Brown.The plane touched down and the flight attendant came on the speaker to ask us to please keep our seat belts buckled until we had come to a complete stop at the gate, and enjoy our stay in St. Louis.“Enjoy your stay in St. Louis.” That phrase hung in the air.Only minutes away from the Lambert/St. Louis International Airport the sky was falling.Over the eleven days that had passed since Michael Brown was shot mu … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Charleston, SC Shooting

A vigil was held for the victims of the Charleston shooting in Union Square, NYC.In light of this week’s shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, several of our ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the conversation, join us on Twitter at #ONScripture.Rev. Eric D. Barreto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary: St Paul, MN The call to preach is daunting in weeks like … [Read more...]