#firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

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The Rev. Keith AndersonJoseph's story of concern for his family echoes in the story of Glen, a father struggling to provide for his daughter.With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics. In many cases, they will be faced with what is popularly known as #firstworldproblems—problems of i … [Read more...]

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

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 By Brennan BreedHere are a few faith leaders who took a stand and worked to make a better, more tolerant society in 2013.Earlier this month—just in time for the holidays—an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis. It is the largest cut to food aid programs since the beginning of the “War on Poverty” in the early 1960s. And that’s not all: Congress will likely cut food … [Read more...]

Can This World Be Saved? (Isaiah 2:1-5)

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By Bryan BibbImagine that you are sailing on the Titanic, and you alone know that the great ocean liner will hit an iceberg in 24 hours. What do you do? Whom do you tell? The answer depends on one important factor: can the crisis be averted? If you can somehow get the captain’s attention, the crew might be able to change course and avoid disaster. But if you know that the ship will sink regardless of your best efforts, what then? In that case, the best course of action is to get as many p … [Read more...]

The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)

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By Henry G. BrintonAs Thanksgiving approaches and commerce clashes with personal values, people talk about what they are thankful for.Macy’s Department Store is famous for presenting the Thanksgiving Day Parade. But now the same store that is in its 87th year of producing a nationally televised parade, watched by millions, is being blamed for ruining the holiday.What has the store done? Decided to open its doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 p.m. Time Magazine reports t … [Read more...]

Beaten, Battered, and Burned Before I Am Helped 
(Luke 18:1-8)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon CrowderThe images of her burned face are clear. Just yesterday the pictures of her charred skin became news, or so it seems. Although Yvette Cade’s estranged husband walked into a T-Mobile store, doused her with gasoline, pursued her and set her ablaze in 2005, the visuals are not so distant. One’s mind cannot erase such horror so easily. Some things are just etched in memory forever.What is most compelling is this heinous act of domestic violence could have bee … [Read more...]

Studying the Law as We Study the Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)

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By Yolanda SmithAs Americans nervously prepared for the implementation of the newest phase of the Affordable Care Act on October 1, 2013, it was clear that even on the eve of its implementation, many looming questions still swirled around this new law. “What will it entail?” Who has to sign-up?” “What will it cost,” “Will I have to give up my current health care plan?” What if I have a pre-existing condition?” “What are health-care exchanges?” “How long do I have to sign-up?” and “What pe … [Read more...]


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