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As citizens grapple with their racist history and combat modern-day bigotry at the highest levels, Childish Gambino’s Grammy win is a prophetic moment when art speaks truth to culture. And James Cone reminds us why we need justice. […] Read More

With the Advent wreath in storage and the Christmas tree recycled, Epiphany Sunday urges us to abandon the old road of fear, suspicion and exclusion. If our celebrations are more than ritual, we must find another road. […] Read More

Globally, there is more uncertainty and anxiety. Old alliances – political and economic – seem to be in flux. Yet, as we enter into Advent, we are encouraged to embrace hope. […] Read More

As Advent begins Sunday, remember God does what we cannot do. When today is barren and tomorrow is bleak, God draws near with surprising grace to bring new life and fresh beauty. […] Read More

The events and experiences portrayed in the biblical testimony have a way of becoming metaphors for life. Even when times are distressing, the message of hope is clear: Keep singing the Lord’s song, even in a strange land. […] Read More

Optics can speak more clearly and thunderously than words. Such was the case when President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address this week. The scene was familiar for those who have watched past presidents give the annual address to Congress. The president makes a statement; his party stands to enthusiastic applause while […] Read More

We desperately need Advent this year, more than any time I can remember. This season of waiting with expectation and preparing for the coming of Christmas offers a time for Christians to reflect upon our lives and the world around us. It is a season for understanding that our need for the Immanuel persists. Disciples […] Read More

Every weekday morning I walked through the same neighborhood. I watched and listened, trying to see as God sees in that place. As I walked, I became aware of a place where it appeared the odds were stacked against you. Where you didn’t necessarily achieve your academic potential. Where getting a job that paid enough […] Read More

Hope perches in the soul of every human. Thank you, Emily Dickinson, for the lovely imagery. Like breathing itself, hope is an intrinsic practice that sustains life. When reflecting on Paul’s trilogy of faith, hope and love, hope usually gets negligible attention, for it seems more ephemeral, less practical. Thankfully, one theologian in particular, Jürgen […] Read More

How can you not like the story of the Pilgrims? They came to America to find religious freedom. They were “separatists,” believing that the true church must separate itself from the corruptions of the world, in particular the Anglican Church and its state-supported status as an established church. They were known as “nonconformists,” as in […] Read More