By: Drew Smith
While Christians can disagree about how to create an economy that is more just and fair, we cannot deny that Jesus was clear about what constituted God's vision of a just and fair economy.
By: Larry Eubanks
What's the role of a prophet? Whether they're from the pages of history or at work in our society today, a prophet doesn't accept the way things are but envisions a world where peace and justice reign.
By: Guy Sayles
It's ironic that, during this season, we sing about peace while storm clouds of violence and fear darken the horizon. These problems may paralyze us, but Jesus isn't powerless to change them.
By: Roger Olson
Our society worships the strong, the beautiful, the powerful and the rich and blames the poor, the disadvantaged and those who struggle to survive. Christianity turns that order upside down.
By: Zach Dawes
How do you embody God's Kingdom in your day-to-day life? Labor Day offers you a time to reflect on this connection so the good news does not become disconnected from your life.
By: Drew Smith
Jesus was a political figure, but not in the sense that he was involved in any political power system of his day. His message and his mission confronted the social structures of his day with the politics of God.
By: Heather Skull
Many of us respond with generous giving during an emergency but sometimes aren't as moved to give during quieter times. At those times, more of us should be like this young girl.
We serve a generous God, who extravagantly invested in all human beings by sending God’s Son Jesus to earth. Some received him and grew. Many rejected him and even crucified him. But out of that death and failure, God raised him up so that humanity is offered the extraordinary returns of eternal life. We who are worshippers of this God and this Jesus are now invited to join in the extravagant sowing of the seed of God’s Word. In so doing, we are not defined by a fear of failure, but by a faith that God will provide extraordinary returns in growing God’s Kingdom.
By: Rob Hewell
Don't be surprised when the world is critical of Jesus' followers by accusing them of doing and saying precisely what God has called them to do and say. They've got it upside down.
“My kingdom is not from this world,” Jesus tells Pilate. “You’ve no cause for worry or for fear. I do not plan to overcome the kingdom of Caesar.” But he did, didn’t he? Not right away, perhaps, but it did happen. And guess what? Because he was willing to die on the cross, that kingdom – not of this world – is still in this world. And in you and me, in our hearts. Jesus thought it worth dying for. Isn’t it true that the least we can do is live in such a way that others can see it in us?
By: Guy Sayles
Our posturing and partisan name-calling on the national level make us forget our commonalities and magnify our differences. But Christians must place God's kingdom before party loyalties.
The magi have been called many things, but most of us don't understand who they are. As Epiphany Sunday approaches, here's why their appearance was so troubling to Herod.
Until... until, centuries later, God in his heaven finally agreed with those ancient tribal leaders... not that they needed a king who could muster an army or even build temples, but one they could see and touch and hear and believe in and follow. And what happened? They put him on a cross. But it is that very cross that leads to the kingdom, that brings us to eternity... because what we have is a king who would not save himself in order that you and I might indeed be saved. What we have is the King of kings and Lord of lords, forever and ever. Now that is a king worth following.
Jesus lived in hungry times. The devil suggested he take the struggle out of the provision of bread and be hailed as messiah. But hunger isn't an issue that will be solved by charity.
For many, following Jesus in the here and now is an afterthought. Instead of obsessing with "getting people into heaven one day," we should be obsessed with "getting heaven into people now."
Like an archer missing the bull's eye, we are all sinners who miss the mark. Some of us, like the homeless, may not even have the strength to aim. Yet we are called to help them. Will we?
Jesus said he did not come to bring peace but division. What did he mean? Before Jesus can mediate God's peace, he must overturn and disturb our false and shallow notions of peace.
Laws now protect the insurability of people with pre-existing conditions. How grateful we should be that pre-existing conditions never matter to Jesus, who welcomes all to the family of faith.
What's our obligation to the poor? It all comes down to community. If we regard them as inside our community, we'll help. If not, we won't. Jesus had some thoughts about who's in our community. Everyone.
Prayer leads to a life of intimacy and partnership with God. Will you choose to cultivate a life of listening, asking and partnering with God in God's healing, restoring and reconciling work?
Jesus was always calling his followers into a community in which they were to find a new way of existing in the world that demonstrates the ethics of God's rule. Here are four of his calls to action.
Sure, Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek, but most of us believe that you have to be aggressive to face down evil. Let's learn a lesson from our dogs about survival of the friendliest.
Walter Rauschenbusch was a Baptist pastor who emphasized the social nature of the gospel proclaimed and embodied by Jesus, yet few Baptists know who he is.
Civil religion develops as a nation-state seeks validation from the church for its establishment and ambitions. It should never be confused with biblical Christianity.
Can we look beyond the difficult realities of this world? It won't be easy, but our calling is to see the world God has imagined for us and then make it a reality.
Bad news bombards us daily. Summer movies whet our appetite for violence. If we want to imagine a nonviolent world, it's time we start speaking in nonviolent terms.
Following a day of showing appreciation to local school teachers, a pastor gets a wake-up call to the epidemic of domestic violence that's unfolding in his community.
Some believe since we're going to be taken up to heaven and the earth destroyed, why care for the planet? We must use the earth's resources, but we should do so as servants charged with its care.
Many evangelical churches stress going from door to door to share the good news. But there are other creative ways to communicate the gospel that will fill people with joy.
It was an ordinary hotel room the night before, but something was different that night. For a mother and her three children, it became a little corner of heaven.
Too many churches respond to the big ethical questions of today out of fear. Once fear is removed, we won't be OK with the pat answers that are way too easy.
With $85 billion in federal spending cuts taking effect, vital services will be cut or curtailed, people will lose jobs. The good news? God doesn't depend on federal funds.
Why bother being compassionate when those toward whom we direct our compassion will always be at our doorstep?
Prayer begins and ends with the kingdom because life itself begins and ends with the kingdom.
Take off all the dirty, remove all the muddy, cast off everything that is worn, yellowed, and frayed. We have new things—a new heart, a new soul, a new spirit. Repent! The kingdom of God is at hand.