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On Wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 05.16.2016 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

Wisdom identifies three relationships that are crucial to the working the world. First, wisdom has a peculiar relationship with the creator. "I was beside him" from the beginning.

Pentecost and the Legacy of Prince (Acts 2:1-21)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 05.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

Just a couple of weeks ago, many people were tossed unexpectedly into a spiral of shock and loss. People all over the world found themselves grieving at the same moment as news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was dead on April 21, 2016.

Exposing a Government's Abuse of Power, and Other Life Hacks (Acts 16:16-40)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

In the end, the story does more than show us how powerful societies -- whether ancient or modern - try to keep a grip on their dominance. While Acts 16 describes a steady stream of self-preservation that issues from the villains in Philippi, the story's main point is to celebrate a divine victory.

Seeking Wholeness in an Inherently Flawed System (John 5:1-9) By Dr. Raj Nadella

Raj Nadella | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Raj Nadella

John 5 tells the story of Jesus encountering many sick people, who were lying by the pool of Bethesda in hopes of getting healed. The pool, that was opposite Fortress Antonia, had a reputation for healing the sick.

Chibok Girls: We Will Not Be Quiet -- We Will Not Forget

Rev. Adriene Thorne | Posted 04.14.2016 | Religion
Rev. Adriene Thorne

Today, I shared the Chibok girl's with my little girl. I will preach again on violence towards women and girls because I must not be quiet. Through my tears, I read this article to my husband and am surprised by his emotion.

Not Just About the Future (Revelation 7:9-17)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Revelation is not really about the future. It's not really about tomorrow. It's a book about today. Revelation is about the here and now. Revelation is about us, all of us, in this way.

Finding Light in the Dark: Hope Inside Desperate Discourse (John 21: 1-19)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

In the midst of a dark night, they receive instruction and take it. And in the presence of Jesus their circumstances are transformed. In the presence of the Lord, all things can become new.

Grace Bats Last (Luke 24:1-12)

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Baseball and Easter are a perfect match. This year, Opening Day falls just a week after Easter Sunday. But beyond the calendrical coincidence, many people have referred to baseball as a religion.

Jesus, Justice-Fatigue, and Why Being Black Is Exhausting (John 12:1-8)

Billy Honor | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Billy Honor

These days persons like myself (that is, black and involved in fighting social injustice) are almost constantly giving explanation for the continued contested existence of black life in America and quite frankly, this can be extremely exhausting.

Dismantle the Prison of Political Polarization (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 & 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

Can we trust the power of that forgiveness for ourselves, our world, and even our perceived enemies? Can we move from mass incarceration to a ministry of reconciliation?

A Covenant of Neighborly Justice: Break the Chains of Quid Pro Quo (Isaiah 55:1-9)

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 02.23.2017 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

In this season of Lent, this text of summons may be a sobering one for us. In this election season amid shrill or buoyant rhetoric, we may not notice that there real choices to be made, even as Jews in ancient Babylon were confronted with real choices of a most elemental kind.

Revolutionary Love: Dismantling Hierarchy and Pushing Boundaries (Romans 10:8b-13)

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2017 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

The claim of the specific flesh of Yeshua as Messiah dismantles hierarchy, pushes boundaries, puts in the center what has been overlooked, loathed, and discounted. To confess that Messiahship-Lordship-Loveship of the man from Galilee is to make a radical claim for the way God is fond of the Other.

Walls: Not in My Backyard (Luke 4:21-30)

Greg Carey | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Greg Carey

Lots of our public conversations these days relate to boundaries. In a presidential election year, with seemingly countless candidates and endless debates, it's hard to avoid the angry voices and fierce scowls.

Tamir Rice and the Anguish of Our National Sin (Nehemiah 8:1-10)

Robert Williamson | Posted 01.18.2017 | Religion
Robert Williamson

Facing the anguish that must surely arise, we must not tarry in our guilt too long, but take action to right the wrongs we have done. To make reparations to those we have oppressed. For it is in this just peace that the Lord takes joy. And the joy of the Lord will be our strength.

Manifested Hospitality for the Greater Good (John 2:1-11)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 01.11.2017 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

The activities of the Christian community should be no less vigorous as we enter the mid-month point in January 2016 and the energy of the Christmas Season has passed. In fact, it is on this Second Sunday after Epiphany that an honest evaluation of our situation locally, regionally, and abroad should be made.

The Missing Piece (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

In our scripture this week, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, we are reminded of life's key piece through the story of Jesus' baptism. The moment Jesus emerges from the water, a voice descends from heaven and declares: "You are my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased."

Looking for Jesus (Luke 2:41-52)

Jim Kast-Keat | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Jim Kast-Keat

You'll always find what you're looking for. Unless, of course, you're Mary and Joseph, looking for your preteen son on your road trip home from the Passover festival in Jerusalem.

Ordinary Acts of Grace (Luke 3:7-18)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

In recent weeks, catastrophic acts of violence have become numbingly ordinary, banal. From Paris and Syria to Colorado and California, our nightly news has fallen into a depressing handful of templates and tropes. We need a John the Baptist these days.

Selective Salvation in a Fear-Filled World (Luke 3:1-6)

Karoline M. Lewis | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
Karoline M. Lewis

It is no accident that John the Baptist, whose birth to Elizabeth, old and barren, narrated in the first chapter of Luke, quotes Isaiah, and Jesus will do the same in his sermon in Nazareth. Isaiah was God's word to those exiled in Babylon, separated from life as they knew it because it was separation from the God of life.

Black Friday: Can't Buy Love (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2016 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Let's work on all of this during this season. Let's talk to one another. Let's refuse to buy into the consumer mentality. Let's spend our time and resources on each other in more faithful and spiritual ways.

Veterans Day: War On Every Shore (Mark 13:1-8)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 11.09.2016 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

When wars initiate, conflicts ignite, and earthquakes hit, our service members and veterans act. ALL those who serve for justice, whether under the uniform of military or under the "uniform" of personal choice and moral code help make "the end" still be able to come.

Our Children Are Us (Psalm 127)

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson

When we see ourselves and others as God's heritage, we will be more diligent to help those who are lost because of maltreatment, violence and abuse. Troubled youth, runaways, delinquent youth, and all of the categories we use, are lost and need help to find their way.

Beijing +20 and Michelle Obama: What Is Women's Work? (Ruth 1:1-18)

Lisa Davison | Posted 10.26.2016 | Religion
Lisa Davison

Those involved in the organization of Beijing +20 are calling all of the countries that signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform to accountability. They are asking everyone to give careful attention to the advances that have been made and the unfinished items on the agenda for gender equality and female empowerment.

Religious Traditions: Destined to Compete? (Hebrews 7:23-28)

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 10.19.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Dallas has one of the largest Muslim populations and number of mosques in the nation. Yet, the call for Christians to protest at mosques, sometimes encircling the mosque while armed with rifles, continues. Google "Christians protest mosques" and see what's happened just in October.

Guns, Drugs, Sexual Violence: What Can We Do? (Hebrews 5:1-10)

Mihee Kim-Kort | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Mihee Kim-Kort

I can only say, as I often do during communion when I partake of the bread and cup: Thanks be to God. I do so trusting and hoping that there is more beyond the forests of our world's darkness.