Happy Are Those Whose Help Is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)

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By Lisa Nichols HickmanNewtown's Rev. Matthew Crebbin reflects on the anxiety about the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and transforming grief and anger into love and action to make a better world.After learning about Jesse Lewis, a six-year-old who died in the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago this December 14th, I’m thinking about scratching out the name Jacob in Psalm 146 and writing in Jesse.Psalm 146, verse 5 says, “Happy are those whose help is the God … [Read more...]

Giving Up Guns for Lent (Luke 4:1-13)

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ByEric D. BarretoObviously, Jesus didn’t own a gun, never said anything directly about firearms. He couldn’t have.Of course, that won’t solve the debates now broiling this nation about violence and the people and tools that perpetuate it. Nonetheless, the fact that Jesus has nothing to say about guns has not stopped a number of pundits from extrapolating Jesus’ ethics on gun violence. In recent days, some Christians have tried to construct a case that Jesus himself would support self-de … [Read more...]

Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy? (Luke 1:39-55)

ByMathew SkinnerSometimes, the worse the tragedy, the more abhorrent the theology it elicits.Still numb from the overwhelming evil perpetrated against helpless children and schoolteachers last Friday, now we have to read idiocy from James Dobson and others who declare the senseless carnage a sign of God’s judgment against America. His words are disgraceful. I find them exploitative and unchristian.Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, … [Read more...]


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