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Prophet Isaiah

Catching Our Breath: Life After Beirut and Paris

Jack Levison | Posted 11.19.2016 | Religion
Jack Levison

You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.

The Catholic Church in Jerusalem and its Role as a Peacemaker

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

I will admit that not all members of the Israeli establishment viewed Patriarch Sabbah as a peacemaker. However, I always encountered him as a man of peace and dialogue, and have always had great respect for his leadership.

Comfort Our People, Compassion for All God's People

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This year, amidst the war that rages on the ground, in the shattered remnants of our hearts, we believe the world needs an extra Shabbat of Comfort, an extra dose of compassion, an extra week to seek comfort for all of God's fragile creation.

Born Again Jesus

Ron Nikkel | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Gonna lay down my burden Down by the riverside Down by the riverside... Ain't gonna study war no more... Gonna lay down my sword and shield Down by th...

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Brennan Breed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Brennan Breed

Earlier this month -- just in time for the holidays -- an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis.

Can This World Be Saved? (Isaiah 2:1-5)

Bryan Bibb | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bryan Bibb

Can this world be saved? The prophet encourages us to answer, 'Yes.' If we 'lay aside the works of darkness,' we will see that violence is a problem to be solved and not part of God's plan to destroy the world.

Struggling to Find Answers

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Each year as I go through a reawakening to these seemingly tragic situations, I always come back to the same conclusion: although I do not understand why certain things happen, as a man of faith I believe that the world has been created by Almighty God and that he is a kind, benevolent, and all-knowing God.

The Meaning of This Hour: Confronting the Coming Cataclysm of Global Climate Change

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Climate change is one of the greatest moral disasters of human history, because the people who will suffer the most have been the least responsible for its cause. Those of us in the developed countries somehow think that we will escape its results, turning away from the hundreds of millions who will be caught in the whirlwind of misery that is coming.

Overcoming My Archie Bunker Prejudice

Guideposts | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

When I get emotional about something I think somebody has done to me, I try to think before I start hurling a few hasty, bigoted thunderbolts. I simply leave the judging to the Lawgiver.

Isaiah Calling: A Fresh Take On Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Something is not working. The impasse that faces us in trying to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs a fresh approach. After being involved with Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts for the past 18 years, I am feeling called to return to the text.

The Liturgy Of The Passion

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

As we ponder in Lent the conflict of Jesus with the empire, we readily see how disturbingly contemporary the issue of this text is. The empire will hardly ever tolerate such a well-instructed, obedient advocate of alternative.

Anti-discrimination Politics From 500 BCE Persia to 2013 Maryland

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The Maryland Commission, understanding the fundamental principles of the progress of civil rights in this country, reversed its position and stood with us, once again, in the Senate. We thank them and are proud to be a part of that tradition.

God Killed Jesus: That's What The Gospels Say

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The Gospels -- and several other passages of the New Testament -- state explicitly that God killed Jesus. God sacrificed his only son for the redemption of man according to Scripture:

Let's All Be Children For A Day: Reflections On The Sandy Hook Tragedy

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

In memory of the beautiful little children and adults whose lives were cut short by a manic monster, let us evoke our childlike innocence and bring more goodness into the world.

Paying Attention

Rev. Lyn Pace | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Lyn Pace

In joy, in sorrow, in disaster, in triumph, we live with a God who waits with us -- who begs us to wake up and pay attention to how God moves in our very human day-to-day lives.

Breaking Down Barriers Through Christian Hospitality

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

In a violent and polarized world, I am convinced that God wants -- and the world needs -- churches that are truly welcoming.

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

A Yom Kippur Dream For Israel/Palestine

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

It's quite presumptuous for a Christian to write about an Israeli political issue in the context of a Jewish holiday, but I do so as someone who has been blessed immeasurably by Jewish thinkers and public figures.

The Price Of Being Prophetic: Isaiah 6:1–8 And John 3:1–17

Sze-kar Wan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Sze-kar Wan

The would-be prophet cowers before the throne and whimpers, "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips." No posturing. No preachiness. No self-righteousness.

When Does Worship Happen?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The radical presence of God cannot be controlled or programmed; it can only be experienced.

A Winter Journey to Poverty in North Carolina

Michael Carmichael | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

North Carolina's black economic backwater suffers from systemic economic exclusion characterized by the lowest rates of education in North Carolina, pitifully low levels of investment, deepening indebtedness and acute never-ending unemployment.

Christ and Consumerism: 'Priceless' At What Price?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

I'm not so sure that the reality of Christ has a Return On Investment that would be attractive to the big banks. They are two very different ideas of what's "priceless."

The Top 3 Signs This War Will End

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Congress is fed up with the war in Afghanistan, and its members' turn against the war mirrors the quickly changing public opinion.

Does Isaiah's Peaceful Prophecy Have A Chance?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The death of Osama bin Laden and the recent budget debates in Washington give us lenses into the tension between the support for war and movement toward fulfilling Isaiah's vision.

Fasting, Budget Cuts And National Humiliation

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Ambassador Tony Hall

Budgets are moral documents by nature. They reflect the priorities of individuals, households and even nations, exposing our real notions of who and what is valuable.