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ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

July 31, 2017

ON Scripture: Jesus and The Poor People’s Campaign (Matthew 14:13-21) By Liz Theoharis

ON Scripture: The Bible

Just like poverty stunted the lives of the people of Jesus’ day, poverty destroys, hampers, circumscribes the lives of millions of God’s children in our day. 1 in 2 people living in the United States are poor or low-income; 43% of US children live in families that struggle to feed, clothe and house them.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart Article

July 30, 2017

Gordon Stewart: Who Am I?

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Who we are – where we come from, who we’ve been, who we’re becoming, and where we’re going – 'consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.'
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Article

July 29, 2017

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: Living in the Freedom of Christ

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)

Recently I discovered Google Earth. I know, I’m a little late to the dance. But this is fascinating. You type in an address and up pops a photo. You can zoom in on places all over the world. And you can zoom out for, literally, a 35,000-foot view. I invite you to give it a try. In fact, this will be a great group activity for all of us in the ELCA.
The Rev. Anthony Robinson Article

July 28, 2017

Anthony Robinson: You Feed the People

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

Five loaves and two fish. Enough for a family picnic, not enough for a hungry crowd of 5,000. I am absolutely certain that if I had been among the disciples at that moment I would have complained that this was ridiculous and that Jesus needed to get real.
Carl McColman Article

July 27, 2017

Carl McColman: At the Edge of Waiting — A Celtic Approach to Contemplation

Carl McColman (other)

The Irish word for contemplation — or contemplative prayer — is rinnfheitheamh. Yes, that’s a mouthful! I only have enough Irish to be dangerous, and the pronunciation of Irish depends on which of several dialects you’re speaking, but to the best of my knowledge the pronunciation is something like RINN-eh-hev.
The Rev. Martin Copenhaver Article

July 26, 2017

Martin Copenhaver: Don't Wait

The Rev. Martin Copenhaver (UCC)

In the last decade or so of my father's life he developed an interest in wine. He would read about the many varieties and vintages and vineyards. When a wine was purchased, it was carefully stored and catalogued. Occasionally he would even drink the stuff.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

July 24, 2017

ON Scripture: Kingdom Come (Undone): When the Most Christian States Are Also The Poorest (Matthew 13:31-33,44-52) By Joe Wiinikka-Lydon

ON Scripture: The Bible

If you ask Christians in a state like Alabama, which I have, you will hear that Christianity is the solution to most of life’s problems. It is a religion of peace, a religion of love. How can there be such suffering if, as Romans 8:27 argues, 'the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God?'
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel Article

July 23, 2017

Lillian Daniel: Mansions of Mysterious Metaphors

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

The 1843 children's board game The Mansion of Happiness used a sixty-seven space spiral track to teach children the various Christian virtues and vices. You have to love that they tried.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

July 22, 2017

David Crumm: Master translator Willis Barnstone unveils ‘Poets of the Bible’

ReadTheSpirit.com

Enter the master translator Willis Barnstone, now 89 (and we may all pray for his good health to continue his work for many more years). Granted, he’s not a household name among American readers like J.K. Rowling or John Grisham, but the world’s literary treasures are grander and richer because of Barnstone’s work over many decades.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Article

July 21, 2017

Carol Howard Merritt: Gratitude for the poppies

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

We cannot always create something out of nothing. Rather, we change what already exists, and these tiny alterations give us meaning and purpose in our lives.