The Money Lie: Consumerism’s Empty Promise (Philippians 3:17-4:1)

By Adam J. Copeland.My wife and I are beginning to start the process of buying a house for the first time. For better or for worse, we have become regular viewers of HGTV’s line of television shows that target would-be home consumers just like us. There’s “Fixer Upper,” “Flip or Flop,” “Property Brothers,” “Love It or List It,” and…boy, could I go on. On the one hand these shows give us an interesting entre into what’s possible when it comes to buying and renovating a house. They may expa … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Super Bowl; Be Suspicious of Its Values (Matthew 5:1-12)

By Matthew L. SkinnerEye-opening numbers about the Super Bowl…and how they stack up against other things going on in America. If the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl comes down to the game’s final play, and you find yourself inclined to ask Jesus to help your favorite team win, remember: It’s quite possible he doesn’t know squat about tackle football.At least, when we read the opening sentences of his Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5:1-12), it seems his values are li … [Read more...]

Baptism, Righteousness, and the War on Poverty: A 2014 Epiphany (Matthew 3:13-17)

By Roger NamFifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "war on poverty in America."On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a landmark State of the Union address, inaugurating the War on Poverty. The speech preceded a variety of legislative actions that addressed the enormous levels of poverty of the 1960s and explicitly linked the crisis to racial and ideological tensions. Regardless of one’s own political leanings, the ideals of fairness and justice e … [Read more...]


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