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...]

Stories and Letters from Prison (Philippians 2:5-11)

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By Barbara Lundblad.Sister Margaret McCabe has worked as a prison chaplain at the Robert N. Davoren Center on Rikers Island. Some years ago, Carl Jung told the story of a man who asked a rabbi why God was revealed to many people in days of old, but now nobody sees God. “Why is this?” he asked. The rabbi answered, “Because nowadays no one bows low enough.” Perhaps we are looking for God in all the wrong places. In today’s video, Sister Margaret goes to prison. She is not Jesus. She is not G … [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...]

The Sacrifice of Covenant Relationship (Exodus 20:1-17)

By Kimberly D. Russaw. Volunteers channel faith, compassion and muscle into new homes for the poor. On any given Saturday, people join Habitat for Humanity teams and commit to work to help eradicate poverty housing.  The individual volunteers give of their time, energy and physical ability because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  Similarly, in the HBO TV drama “Game of Thrones,” individuals from the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos volunteer to serve a … [Read more...]

ISIS, “American Sniper,” and Rainbows (Genesis 9:8-17)

By Greg Carey.Addressing the rise of religious violence and the role that faith leaders have in working to a solution. These days ISIS, more than any other global power, evokes the specter of violence and death. Boko Haram kidnaps girls by the thousands. The Soviets—I mean, the Russians acting like Soviets—impose their violent will on the Ukraine. Terror abounds all over the globe. In depicting the psychic harm war inflicts upon our souls, American Sniper breaks its own box office rec … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

By Matthew L. Skinner.Facts about violence in America. If what a nation watches on television makes a statement about that nation’s values, then Americans value their football. The Super Bowl spectacle draws huge numbers of viewers, still usually the most watched television event of each year. The commercials and halftime shows certainly boost the numbers as well. At the same time, many find it harder to watch professional football now than ever before. We know more about the damages c … [Read more...]


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