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...]

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...]

Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls from God (Jonah 3:1-5, 10)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.Facts about free speech around the world. The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last week was an act of absolute evil. The fact that people sitting down for a simple editorial meeting at their work site could be killed due to hate is disturbing beyond words. It is a tragedy for all involved—for those killed, for the family and friends of those killed inside of the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, for the officer killed on the street outside, and for those involved in the h … [Read more...]

Release. Repair. Restore: Thoughts Beyond Ferguson Toward Racial Healing

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By Jacqueline J. Lewis.A timeline of the events in Ferguson.  I suppose if Ferguson was an isolated context or if Michael Brown’s death was an anomaly, congregations this Sunday might simply pray for the families, for the burning buildings, for the broken glass in the streets and the broken hearts in Ferguson and around the nation. But neither is true. Eric Garner. Marlene Pinnock. Akai Gurley. Trayvon Martin. Emmett Till. The stories attached to these names break our hearts and m … [Read more...]

What’s So “Domestic” About Violence? (Philippians 4:1-9)

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By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.People share their opinions and experiences about a growing concern—bullying.  I carry a purple purse. I actually bought it three years ago to treat myself to something new. Many women have complimented it, honestly to my surprise. Not that the purse is atrocious, but it does not carry a Gucci, Michael Kors, Coach, Chanel or any other tony label. It is just a purple purse that fits me and holds my essentials, and sometimes those of my children. Until re … [Read more...]

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence

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By Jacob D. Myers.  Addressing the rise of religious violence and the role that faith leaders have in working to a solution.“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 I write this essay on the eve of a US led air campaign that marks “the biggest direct military intervention in Syr … [Read more...]


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