Luke 9:51-62: Resistance Is Futile

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By Rev. Dr. Karyn L. WisemanIn the Methodist tradition in which I was I raised, there is a concept of perfection. We “strive for perfection” in loving each other and loving God. It is not about avoiding all mistakes. It is about growing in love for neighbor and being hospitable to all we come in contact with. This is the point of our theology: as we grow in faith and love, we become closer to God. In the end, resisting God’s call to love others is pretty hard to do.And yet we know not eve … [Read more...]

Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us

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By Anthony HatcherThe Puritans sailed to these shores 400 years ago seeking freedom of religion, but freedom of their religion only. Earlier this year, a group of North Carolina lawmakers, apparently channeling the Puritans, tried to establish Christianity as the state religion.Their action was prompted by a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU noted that some county commissions and other governmental boards around the state opened meetings with prayer. While … [Read more...]

Women, Work, and the Word: Luke 7:11-17

By Eric D. BarretoA recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in ten of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women.This is both good news and bad. For many women, new opportunities are allowing them to be the primary bread-winners in their families. In some careers, women are chipping away at the very real glass ceiling so many have and continue to face. Our efforts towards equality have made some strides. Some strides.At the s … [Read more...]

Repairing Our Grief (John 21:1-19)

By Greg CareyMy Uncle Norman fought in Europe during World War II. An artillery observer, he didn’t return with many “heroic” stories to tell. When I was little, he would roll out some souvenirs from the war, and I’d be impressed: German military dress knives and lovely table linens. I don’t recall all of the stories or how these things became his, but I’m pleased to report the table linens were a gift. His war experience was hardly glamorous.Why Veteran’s Need Soul Repair … [Read more...]

The Liturgy of the Passion (Isaiah 50:4-9a)

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Dr. Walter BrueggemannThe voice that speaks in Isaiah 50:4 – 9a is the poet of the exile himself. Here he offers an autobiographical reflection on his call as a prophet sent by God to the deported Jews in Babylon in the sixth century BCE. His message to the Jews is they are now free to go back home to Jerusalem. This freedom came, says the poet, because of the dispatch of Cyrus the Persian at the behest of YHWH, the Lord of all of history. … [Read more...]

The Hell of Parenting: A Study of 1 Samuel

By Jacob D. MyersFew narratives in the Hebrew Bible are more foreign to us than this week’s lectionary.We do not give away our children. In a society determined by socio-economic forces utterly beyond the control of individual citizens (e.g., globalization) we do our best to prepare ourselves for the inevitability of change. But what happens when we lose our footing?Contemporary life changes too fast for habits and routines to have any chance to settle into a pattern. Western individuals … [Read more...]


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