The Value of Chump Change: Mark 12:38-44

By Greg CareyIs poverty what it used to be? Or has poverty grown so shameful that we dare not speak its name? So determined are we keep poverty out of view, we erase the presence of the poor from Jesus’ teachings. The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer – an example of generosity.The election has just passed. As I’m writing this, I don’t know who will win. I do know this: … [Read more...]

Who Will Be America’s Next Leader? I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

By Dr. Walter BrueggemannThe old king, David, is dead. It is time to pick his successor as king. In retrospect it seems obvious that his son, Solomon, was his rightful heir. In the moment, however, the matter of succession to the throne is highly contested. Two sons of David, Solomon and Adonijah, are both aggressive candidates for the succession. In the end, Solomon prevails and becomes king. But not easily! He must engage in choreographed deception with the aid of powerful allies. He is … [Read more...]


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