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John 1:6-8; 19-28: Faith and Fear

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By Thomas Long When Herman Cain, standing knee-deep in seawater, finally conceded what was obvious to the rest of us, that his once full-steam-ahead presidential campaign had indeed hit an iceberg, he fell back on an ancient political tactic: he […]

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 – Failed Kings and the Good Shepherd

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By Walter Brueggemann In Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ezekiel ponders a) how his society has come to the disaster of destruction and deportation and, b) how to move forward beyond the disaster. He reflects on the kings in Jerusalem, past and […]

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18: The Great Day of the Lord Is Near

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By Walter Brueggemann This poem features extravagant language about a coming time of loss, disaster, distress, and suffering. It is commonly dated to the time before Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading Babylonian empire. While the daring poets whom we […]

Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25

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By Walter Brueggemann This week’s text, Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25, features a great dramatic meeting as the culmination of arriving in the land of promise. The Bible thus far has traced the journey of Israel from slavery in Egypt through […]

Jeremiah 31:31-34: The Oracle of Newness

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By Walter Brueggemann Like other prophets before him, Jeremiah has spent ample shrill time and energy on the claim that Israel has systematically and long-term violated the covenant agreement of Mt. Sinai. They have violated the Ten Commandments of Sinai […]

Matthew 22:15-22: The Heavy Cost Of Paying “The Emperor”

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By Matthew L. Skinner It couldn’t hurt for Jesus to show up and weigh in on America’s current economic and political challenges. It might be helpful if he issued a declaration about who should pay taxes, and how much. Then […]

Matthew 22:1-11 – A Biblical Case of Class Warfare

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By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder In a recent town hall meeting a former Google executive asked President Obama to raise his taxes. The attendee stated that he had done quite well at the company and has chosen not to work any […]

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32: Prophetic Vision for a Just Economic Future

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By Greg Carey Ezekiel speaks compellingly to the current situation in the United States.  But is the prophet’s message true? Precise Diagnosis The society the prophet addresses suffers from a severe lack of perspective.  It knows God’s standards.  These appear […]

Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Has No Part-Time

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By Greg Carey Matthew 16:21-28 confronts us with the gap between Jesus’ gruesome fate and our own modest discipleship.  Jesus’ verbs say it all.  Deny the self, take up the cross, follow Christ.  Moreover, only in losing one’s life – the […]

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Immigration Reform and the Challenges of Generosity (Luke 4:22-30)
By Matthew L. Skinner Charity doesn’t leave us unchanged, which is just one reason why it’s hard to make ourselves do it. To be more specific: when we extend generosity and justice to others, it alters our relationship to them. Especially when those “others” are foreign to us. Hospital

posted 10:17:05am Feb. 04, 2013 | read full post »

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together
By Barbara K Lundblad This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Tuesday the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some people will celebrate all three with thanksgiving. Others will

posted 11:29:13am Jan. 23, 2013 | read full post »

A Vision for America: John 2:1-11
By Reverend Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:10 Occupy the Dream Spurred on by the Occupy Wall Street movement, African-Am

posted 9:02:18am Jan. 17, 2013 | read full post »

Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations: A Study of Luke
By David A. Sánchez, Ph.D. It is an odd juxtaposition, December 21, 2012 and January 21, 2013. The former date representing the “so-called” Mayan apocalypse where the usual suspects prepared for the end of the world – many of whom were Christians awaiting the second coming of Christ – a

posted 1:03:29pm Jan. 10, 2013 | read full post »

Frankincense, Myrrh and a Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12
By Lisa Nichols Hickman In As I Lay Dying, the main character Anse appears self-absorbed when at his wife’s death he says, “God’s will be done. . . . Now I can get them teeth.” His character will certainly not be remembered for altruism. But Anse will be remembered for the physical ef

posted 1:59:16pm Jan. 03, 2013 | read full post »


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