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...]

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...]

Preaching Reflections on Freddie Gray and Baltimore

In light of this week's events in Baltimore, MD, 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 Here we are, again. The cycle of police violence and public outrage are once again filling our lives. Or I should say that these conflicts are burdening some with … [Read more...]

More Than the Eye Can See (Acts 3:12-19)

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., who marched in Selma, proclaims the power of a vote and the importance of protecting that right. “We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” This Talmudic quote from Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani notes that seeing is not always vision. What we see in life is more than what the eye beholds. A person or circumstances right in front of us can be merely the surface of someone or something more profound. The United States must f … [Read more...]

Ferguson and Forgiveness (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

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By Walter Brueggemann.We asked people what they think about racism in America. Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the reality of our life in preparation for Easter, a radical new beginning.When, through this illusion breaking homework, we connect with reality we see that in our society the fabric of human community is almost totally broken and one glaring evidence of such brokenness is the current unrelieved tension between … [Read more...]

Protest and God’s Presence (Isaiah 61:10–62:3)

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By Brian Bantum.We asked people on the street about the effectiveness of demonstrations and protests.While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror appeared from nowhere, surprising us in our general euphoria or mundane lives. Perhaps, this year has seemed more fraught as the weight of evil seems to bear down on the lives of the marginalized in egregiously … [Read more...]


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