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Agosto, Efrain

     Pressing On Toward Higher Goals, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Efrain Agosto with a focus on Philippians 3:4b-14 (Mar 17, 2013) On Scripture Video.  

Alston, Onleilove

     Living as Sojourners in a Strange Land, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Onleilove Alston with a focus on 1 Peter 1:17-23  (April 24, 2017).

Anderson, Keith 

     Heeding God’s Relentless Demand for Justice ... This year’s bruising presidential election ended in shocking fashion in the early hours of last Wednesday morning when Hillary Clinton conceded the race to now president-elect... 
     Uber and Amos: Economic Justice in the Gig Economy ... The curbside at Atlanta airport’s Terminal South is a strange place to have a moral crisis, but there I was. I had just arrived and in town and I needed a ride to my final... 
     Parents and Prophets: Fighting for Future Generations ... Was it Jesus who said, “No greater love has anyone than this, to sit through a school board meeting?” No, actually that was me. I whispered it to my wife as we sat together for... 
     Dismantle the Prison of Political Polarization ... There is a story in our family lore that during a contentious presidential campaign a few decades ago my father refused to drive his mother, my grandmother, to the polling... 
     Pope Francis on Climate Change: Hearing the Cries of Earth and the Poor ... Last week Pope Francis issued a blockbuster papal encyclical on the environment called “Praised Be.” It is the Pope’s clarion call to address what he describes as an urgent... 
     Forsaking the “Whiteness” of the Transfiguration ... Sparked by the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the subsequent deaths at the hands of law enforcement of Eric Garner in New York and 12 year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland... 
    God Hears The Cries Of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush And A World On Fire, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Keith Anderson with a focus on Exodus 1-3 (Aug 31, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... For the last few weeks, the eyes of America have been riveted on the town of Ferguson, Missouri, a formerly little-known suburb of St. Louis. It was there on August 9th that an... 
    First Century Problems, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Keith Anderson with a focus on Matthew 1:18-25 (Dec 22, 2013) On Scripture Video... With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel...
 

Aymer, Margaret

    Foolishness, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Margaret Aymer with a focus on 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 (Sep 14, 2014) On Scripture Video ... Terrorists. Anti-Semites. They use their own children as human shields. It’s their own fault that thousands of their children are dead. 

    Why I Pray that April Tragedies Bring May Justice ... In 2013, April continues its trend. On Monday, April 15, someone decided to plant bombs along the route of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed at least three people... 
    Poverty, Wealth, and Equality? ... Poor people. These are the two words underlying much of the political arguments coming across the airwaves right now.  There is great discussion about “Medicaid,” “Medicare... 
    Bouncers and the "In" Crowd ... Who's in? Who's out? Groups that are trying to protect themselves focus heavily on this question, particularly in times of conflict and controversy. They may have great ideals... 

Baker, Coleman  

     The Massacre Of The Innocents And The Soul Of The Warrior, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Coleman Baker with a focus on Matthew 2:13-23 (Dec 29, 2013) On Scripture Video.

      Protest and God’s Presence ... While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror...

      Preachers' Reflections On Michael Brown And Ferguson, Missouri, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Brian Bantum with a focus on Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28 (Aug 15, 2014) On Scripture Video. In light of events in Ferguson, Missouri, several ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect on the killing of Michael Brown and the response by the Missouri public and people around the world. To continue the conversation, join ON Scripture on Twitter at #onscripture.

Barreto, Eric 

      How to Love Power ... American politics have always been a struggle among the powerful. 
      Prophetic Resistance ... Losing an election shouldn’t feel this dire. ... 
      Except This Foreigner ... If Jesus’s words never strike me as strange, if Jesus’s words never cause me some sense of unrest, if Jesus’s words never trouble me, then I can be sure of one thing: I can be... 
      Who Can We Trust to Lead Us? ... If we were to go by the titles of books about leadership, we might be tempted to imagine that good leadership is a matter of following the right set of instructions. And this... 
      Not Just About the Future ... The presidential race has invited all kinds of rash predictions. “If that candidate gets elected, it will be a disaster.” “If that candidate is president, I will move to Canada....
      Ordinary Acts of Grace ... In the Gospel reading for this week in Luke 3:7-18, he is in the wilderness excoriating the crowds who came seeking baptism and repentance and deliverance. “Who warned you…... 
      The "Real" War on Christmas ... Our culture today is full of laments about the Christmas holiday. 
      All the Charlestons: We Press on for Justice ... A year punctuated with tragedies around racial inequalities culminated in a burst of hateful violence during a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Mother Emanuel church. And as... 
      Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power ... On any given week, one or another political leader, cultural star, or renowned athlete are experiencing an embarrassing and public downfall. Recently, we’ve born witness to the... 
      Sell All Your Possessions! Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational access, the easy prejudice of one's... 
      In the Beginning & In the End: Christians & Climate Change ... In the beginning, God created the world. In the beginning, God drew order out of chaos. In the beginning, God breathed life into every living creature. In the beginning, God... 
      You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet ... You don’t want God to ask you to be a prophet. You really don’t. 
      Should Christians be Afraid of Ebola or Climate Change or ISIS or…? ... Ebola. War. Conflict. Economic turmoil. Political victories. Political losses. This is the stuff of the nightly news. And everywhere we look we have a new villain to worry about...
     Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on Jonah 3:10-4:11 (Sep 21, 2014) On Scripture Video.... Sometimes, we teach children the oddest Bible stories. 
     Heaven Is A Home, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on John 14:1-14 (May 18, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... When I was a child, my vision of heaven was riddled with roller coasters and populated by Disney characters. Let me explain. 
      How to Be Perfect, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on Matthew 5:38-48 (Feb 23, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... What then do we do with this seemingly impossible call? For many of us, this is one of those passages in the Bible we seek to explain away. Jesus can’t possibly mean what he... 
       Good Samaritans All Around, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on Luke 10:25-37 (Jul 14, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 is so familiar that to some it probably starts to verge on a cliché. Even people who have never read the Bible, let... 
      Women, Work, And The Word, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on Luke 7:11-17 (Jun 09, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... This is both good news and bad. For many women, new opportunities are allowing them to be the primary bread-winners in their families. In some careers, women are chipping away... 
      Majesty And Tragedy In Oklahoma, An On Scripture Feature by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on Psalms 8 (May 21, 2013). ... In churches around the world, Psalm 8’s resounding praise of God will be read this Sunday. “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Women and...
      When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric D. Barreto with a focus on Luke 15 (Mar 10, 2013) On Scripture Video
      Giving Up Guns for Lent ... What would Jesus have to say to us today about a culture we all admit is far too saturated with violence and death? How would he guide us in light of recent tragedies like... 
      How to Vote Like a Christian ... It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the core of faith and could--if we really were to trust God--transform the... 
      Sticks, Stones, and the Power of Words ... Why do we repeat adages we know are false? Why do we deceive ourselves with seemingly soothing words that instead burn invisible scars upon us? Why do we persist in the... 
      Perilous Power ... Every Bible ought to have a warning on its cover. Some of the stories found herein will shock your senses. They will test your faith. They will stretch you. They can hurt you...
      Preachers' Reflections On Michael Brown And Ferguson, Missouri, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Eric Barreto with a focus on Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28 (Aug 15, 2014) On Scripture Video. In light of events in Ferguson, Missouri, several ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect on the killing of Michael Brown and the response by the Missouri public and people around the world. To continue the conversation, join ON Scripture on Twitter at #onscripture.

Becker, Amy Julia

     Vulnerability: The Gift Not Fully Valued, An On Scripture Feature by Amy Julia Becker with a focus on John 9:1-41. (March 20, 2017).

Bibb, Bryan

     Can This World Be Saved?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Bryan Bibb with a focus on Isaiah 2:1-5 (Dec 01, 2013) On Scripture Video.
 
    The Self-Righteous System and the Prophetic Task ... On December 8, an Orlando-area police officer shot Cedric Bartee, an African-American man, while he was unarmed and standing with his hands in the air. The Sherriff asked... 
     Isaiah And The Politics Of Utopian Thinking, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Brennan Breed with a focus on Isaiah 11:1-10 (Dec 08, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... 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...
 
Bridgeman, Valerie
 
     Preachers' Reflections On Michael Brown And Ferguson, Missouri, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Valerie Bridgeman with a focus on Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28 (Aug 15, 2014) On Scripture Video. In light of events in Ferguson, Missouri, several ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect on the killing of Michael Brown and the response by the Missouri public and people around the world. To continue the conversation, join ON Scripture on Twitter at #onscripture.
 
 
      Social Media And The Shepherd, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Henry G. Brinton with a focus on Psalm 23 (Mar 30, 2014) On Scripture Video. ...  This year some have given up Facebook for Lent. Others joined the “National Day of Unplugging” on March 7-8, putting away their phones, tablets and... 
      The Death Of Thanksgiving, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Henry G. Brinton with a focus on Colossians 1:11-20 (Nov 24, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... Macy’s Department Store is famous for presenting the Thanksgiving Day Parade. But now the same store that is in its 87th year of producing a nationally televised parade,... 
      From Suffering To Hope, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Henry G. Brinton with a focus on Romans 5:1-5 (May 24, 2013) On Scripture ... Memorial Day is a day to remember. A solemn holiday, it reminds us of the men and women who have died serving our country. Wreath-laying ceremonies and concerts fill the weekend... 
      Jesus Stands Up for Wives and Children ... In a discussion with a number of Pharisees about divorce, Jesus says, “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Mark 10:9). I bet that Jesus would like the... 
      A Welcoming Table ... Everyone knows about Easter morning when a group of women discover the empty tomb. Many people also know the story of Easter afternoon — the walk to Emmaus in which two...
 
Brown, William P.
    Wounded Resurrection: The Body of Christ for the Body of Earth, An On Scripture Feature by William P. Brown with a focus on John 20:19-31

Browning, Melissa

     Evangelical Leaders Stand Up For Criminal Justice Reform ... On June 20th, 2017, 100 Christian leaders across the United States of America launched the Justice Declaration to reform our nation’s criminal justice system. ... 

     A God of Second Chances, An On Scripture Feature by Melissa Browning with a focus on 2 Peter 1:16-21. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Melissa Browning (Feb 20, 2017)

     Death, Injustice, And A Basket Of Fruit, An On Scripture Feature by Melissa Browning with a focus on Amos 8:1-12. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Melissa Browning (July 13, 2016).

     Jim Crow Again: Lessons for Fighting this Giant ... While the work before us is daunting, people of faith are called to fight giants. The Spirit who we remember in Pentecost, the Spirit who set the world on fire, has trusted us... 

 

     Dare To Sit With Suffering, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Melissa Browning with a focus on Genesis 12:1-4 (Feb 16, 2014) On Scripture Video.     
     Climate Change and Setting the World on Fire ... It was Earth Day, 1988. I was in my fifth grade “Earth Science” class, a place where one might expect to talk about the importance of caring for the earth. But this was not what... 

 

     The Story of Patriarchy and HIV/AIDS ... This week, more than 20,000 people are meeting in our nation's capital for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. Activists, doctors, people living with HIV and AIDS,...

Brueggemann, Walter 

     Selfie Culture and True Community ... The modern world for the last four hundred years has been largely committed to the autonomous self, an individual who is without social burden or obligation. From the... 
     Who am I? Rant vs. Relationship ... This poem in Hosea, by the force of prophetic imagination, takes us inside the troubled interiority of God. It does not, however, start there. It begins, rather, with an... 
     Walter Brueggemann on Wisdom ... This text is one of the loveliest and most important biblical texts that respond to the question: “What is the world like? How does it work?” The text is framed as a... 
     A Covenant of Neighborly Justice: Break the Chains of Quid Pro Quo ... 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... 
     Free Speech: A License to Destroy or A Responsibility to Build Up ... Many countries in the global community do not have the right to free speech. In the US, our right to speak out is protected under the constitution. How well do we live up to the... 
     Ferguson & Forgiveness ... Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the reality of our life in preparation for Easter, a radical new beginning. 
 
      God Beyond All Relationships And Agendas, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Walter Brueggemann with a focus on Exodus 24:12-18 (Mar 02, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Exodus 19-24 enacts an agreement of mutual fidelity between YHWH and Israel. That covenant consists in two major parts: YHWH’s commands set the requirement of covenant in... 
      Walter Brueggemann on the Liturgy of the Passion ... The voice that speaks in Isaiah 50:4 – 9a is the poet of the exile himself.  Here he offers an autobiographical reflection on his call as a prophet sent by God to... 
      Who Will Be America's Next Leader? ... The old king, David, is dead. It is time to pick his successor as king. In retrospect it seems obvious that his son, Solomon, was his rightful heir. In the moment, however, the... 
      Failed Kings and the Good Shepherd ... In Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ezekiel ponders a) how his society has come to the disaster of destruction and deportation and, b) how to move forward beyond the disaster. He... 
      The Great Day of the Lord Is Near ... This poem features extravagant language about a coming time of loss, disaster, distress, and suffering. It is commonly dated to the time before Jerusalem was destroyed by... 
      Making the God Decision ... This week’s text, Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25, features a great dramatic meeting as the culmination of arriving in the land of promise. The Bible thus far has traced the journey... 
      The Oracle of Newness ... Like other prophets before him, Jeremiah has spent ample shrill time and energy on the claim that Israel has systematically and long-term violated the covenant agreement of Mt....

Cláudio Carvalhaes

     Only Women Should Speak on Easter Sundays! An On Scripture Feature by Cláudio Carvalhaes with a focus on John 20:1-18 (April 10, 2017).

Claiborne, Shane

     A Radical Ethic of Love, An On Scripture Feature a reflection Shane Claiborne with a focus on Acts 2:42-47.

Clark-Soles, Jamie

     The Nasty Woman Who Persisted: The Samaritan Woman of John 4, An On Scripture Feature by Jaime Clark-Soles with a focus on John 4:5-42. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Jaime Clark-Soles (March 13, 2017). ... What a time to be a woman in           America! On the one hand, many people of all genders have been motivated by all of the above to work for political, economic, and religious gender...

     Is My Religion Better Than Yours? ... Ignorance or intolerance of other religions continues to plague our world. I live in East Richardson, TX (a suburb of Dallas), which is highly diverse religiously and ethnically... 

     More Than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 & Disability, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Jaime Clark-Soles with a focus on Romans 8:26-39 (Jul 27, 2014) On Scripture Video ... I hope you’ve all read or seen The Fault in Our Stars by now. Each of the main characters has a disability: Gus has prosthesis after his leg is amputated; Hazel remains on an... 
     The Wizard Is In: or Is He? ... On September 25, 2012, President Obama presented new initiatives to address human trafficking in America.  He did this as the President of the United States, but I know he... 
     On Loving God, Loving Neighbor and #OWS ... I was 17 years old. This was Philosophy 101. There stood Dr. Rob Brady, diminutive in stature, expansive in mind, with a Socratic gleam in his eye and devilish grin on his face. 

Carey, Greg

     Navigating a World of Division ... Our cultural moment feels ominous as if we’re living next to a parched forest. In electoral politics, we could scarcely imagine wider dissatisfaction – or greater gaps

     Walls: Not in My Backyard ... Lots of our public conversations these days relate to boundaries. In a presidential election year, with seemingly countless candidates and endless debates

     Help End Hunger: It’s Within Your Reach ... Even on a local scale, problems like poverty and hunger can overwhelm our imaginations. My own city, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is like countless others. 
     Indiana and the Freedom of the Gospel ... During the church’s highest holy season, Indiana’s religious freedom bill has captured our public conversation. Nuclear negotiations with Iran, a presidential election in war... 
     ISIS, American Sniper, and Rainbows ... These days ISIS, more than any other global power, evokes the specter of violence and death. 
     A World of Hope and Disappointment ... Optimism tends to accompany a new year. But we leave 2014 somewhat broken and disappointed. The online magazine Slate has christened 2014 “The Year of Outrage.
     All Saints' Day: Facing Death ... “Administration officials have repeatedly assured Americans that they were prepared for Ebola. Less than two weeks ago here at the White House
     At War With Ourselves, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on Romans 7:15-25a ( Jul 06, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Paul’s examination of the conflicted self-stands as one of the classic statements in Western culture. Borrowing from Jesus, we often say something similar: 
     Seeing And Believing At Easter Time, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on John 20:1-18 (Apr 20, 2014) On Scripture Video.
     What Did Eve Want?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 (Mar 09, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... We could let the advertising industry tell us. Katie B. Edwards’ recent book, Admen and Eve, uncovers (that was a pun) several diverse, even contradictory uses Eve serves.
     All The Saints, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on Luke 6:20-31 (Nov 03, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... I probably shouldn’t admit how much I like Halloween. I’m too much of a slug to deck out my house, I rarely wear a costume, and I haven’t been to a wild party in years
     The Social Shape Of Divine Generosity, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on Luke 12:32-40 (Aug 11, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... Luke’s Gospel is big on demanding. In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus encounters three would-be disciples. Each receives a warning that would vanquish enthusiasm like an ice-cold shower. ... 
     Repairing Our Grief, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on John 21:1-19 (Apr 14, 2013) On Scripture Video.... My Uncle Norman fought in Europe during World War II. An artillery observer, he didn’t return with many “heroic” stories to tell. 
     Why Our Bodies Matter, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on John 20:19-31 (March 24, 2013) More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Greg Carey (Mar 24, 2013). ...Immediately following the election of Cardinal Jorge   Mario Bergoglio as Pope came the predictable speculation. From the United States and other wealthy nations
    The Value of Chump Change ... Is poverty what it used to be? Or has poverty grown so shameful that we dare not speak its name? So determined are we keep poverty out of view, we erase the presence of the poor.
    Lord of the Storm ... On a first read, Mark 4:35-41 looks like a demonstration of Jesus’ astonishing power—and so it is.  Jesus’ disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee
    A Call Worthy of Their Lives ... Readers almost always gravitate to the same question. Why do Simon and Andrew, then James and John after them, abandon everything to follow Jesus? Mark leaves no doubt
    Prophetic Vision for a Just Economic Future ... Ezekiel speaks compellingly to the current situation in the United States.  But is the prophet’s message true? 
    Jesus Has No Part-Time Disciples ... Matthew 16:21-28 confronts us with the gap between Jesus’ gruesome fate and our own modest discipleship.  Jesus’ verbs say it all.  
    Preachers' Reflections On Michael Brown And Ferguson, Missouri, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Carey with a focus on Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28 (Aug 15, 2014) On Scripture Video. In light of events in Ferguson, Missouri, several ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect on the killing of Michael Brown and the response by the Missouri public and people around the world. To continue the conversation, join ON Scripture on Twitter at #onscripture.
 
Colglazier, Scott  

     Christ and the Paris Climate Accord, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Rev. Dr. R. Scott Colglazier with a focus on Romans 6:1-11

Copeland, Adam J.

     Adam J. Copeland teaches at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where he is director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders. An ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he is editor of Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College (2014) and author of several book chapters on ministry and culture. His next book, Stewardship Made Whole: Faithful Stewardship for All of Life is under contract with Westminster John Knox Press. Follow him at @ajc123 and visit his blog http://adamjcopeland.com.

     What On Earth? Earth Day, God, And The Apocalypse, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Rev. Adam J. Copeland with a focus on Revelations 21:1-6.  On Scripture Site (April 28, 2013).

     The Money Lie: Consumerism’s Empty Promise, An On Scripture Feature (Philippians 3:17-4:1) by Adam J. Copeland  (Feb 21, 2016).

     From Generation To Generation, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Adam Copeland with a focus on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (Mar 01, 2015) On Scripture Video.
 
     Palm-Powered Protest, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Adam J. Copeland with a focus on Matthew 21:1-11 (Apr 13, 2014) On Scripture Video.
 
     Signs that the End is Near (Mark 13:1-8) by Adam Copeland (Nov 18, 2012).
 
     Castrating Our Customs (Acts 8:26-40) by Adam Copeland  (May 06, 2012).
 
 
 
     Freedom: For Everyone or Just People Like Us? ... There are people who irk us. Something about their ideas, talk, or disposition gets under our skin. Their idiosyncrasies are like sandpaper to our souls. To be honest, we are... 
     More Than the Eye Can See ... The United States must forever recall the struggles, moves and marching of the women and men across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. 
     We'll Walk Hand In Hand? ... The Obama Administration and a bipartisan group in the Senate are making serious turns to tackle immigration reform. In addition to declaring that as citizens “our rights are... 
     What’s so “Domestic” About Violence? ... I carry a purple purse. I actually bought it three years ago to treat myself to something new. Many women have complimented it, honestly to my surprise. Not that the purse is... 
     Do You Know How To Two Step?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder with a focus on Genesis 28: 10-19a (Jul 20, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... I cannot say I am the greatest dancer. I enjoy all types of music. The rhythms of my eclectic taste often entice me to move. Naturally, I easily find myself swaying this way or...   
     Go Ahead And Die Already, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder with a focus on Luke 24:13-35 (May 04, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... The role of race in the imposition of the death penalty is just one of the controversies that continue to surround the issue. 
     A New Way Of Being 'Pro-Choice', An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D  with a focus on Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (Feb 16, 2014) On Scripture Video.
     Beaten, Battered, And Burned Before I Am Helped, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder with a focus on Luke 18:1-8 (Oct 20, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... The images of her burned face are clear. Just yesterday the pictures of her charred skin became news, or so it seems. Although Yvette Cade’s estranged husband walked into a..
     What Trayvon Teaches Us ... In the days following George Zimmerman’s acquittal, I have been thinking of the Book of First Samuel, in which God tells King Saul to destroy the Amalekites as punishment for...   
     Fighting For Freedom, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D. with a focus on Galatians 3:215:16:26:9 (Jul 07, 2013) On Scripture Video.
     The Politics Of Rejection, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D. with a focus on Acts 2:1-21 (May 19, 2013) On Scripture Video
     Dear Applicant: 
     No Priority Like Health, No Place Like Home ... The reports are stunning! Due to the financial fiasco of 2008 the average wealth of persons in the middle class has dropped over $40,000. It took four years for a generation of... 
    The Pleasure Principle: I must admit the title of this article refers me to an unusual source. Yes, as I write a biblical commentary, I cannot help but recall a song that is not rooted in the Bible. It... 
    A Biblical Case of Class Warfare: In a recent town hall meeting a former Google executive asked President Obama to raise his taxes. The attendee stated that he had done quite well at the company and has...
 
      The Ballad Of Sour Grapes, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Greg Cuéllar with a focus on Isaiah 5:1-52 Kings 16 (Aug 18, 2013) On Scripture Video ... Many of life’s memorable moments can be brought to mind just by hearing a favorite song.  Consider Sam Cooke’s protest song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and the ways it...
      God’s Return Policy ... Debates on immigration in the United States continue to move in the default direction of North/South.  As such, the prominent debating points often direct public attention...
 

     Bible Study on Worship: Elements of Christian Worship and is designed for use by a worship planning team/committee by Norma de Waal Malefyt and Howard Vanderwell and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship : Preparation for Worship (Psalm 15 and John 4:21-24); The Opening of Worship (Psalm 95 and Acts 2:42-47); The Service of Renewal in Grace (Psalm 32:1-11 and 1 John 1:8-10);  The Reading of Scripture (Nehemiah 8:1-6 and Luke 4:14-21); Proclaiming the Word (Romans 10:14-18 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5); Congregational Song (Psalm 96 and Colossians 3:15-17); The Prayers of the People (1 Chronicles 29:10-19 and 1 Timothy 2:1-8); Affirmations and Professions (Psalm 116 and Philippians 2:5-11); Responding in Praise and Thanks (Exodus 15:1-21 and Revelation 5:6-14); The Service of Baptism (Matthew 28:16-20 and Romans 6:1-7);  The Service of the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:17-30 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34); The Closing of Worship (Numbers 6:22-27 and 2 Corinthians 13:14) 

     Saving the Soul of Our Nation, An On Scripture Feature  Rev. Dr. James Forbes with a focus on Deuteronomy 30:15-20Psalm 119:1-8I Corinthians 3:1-9 and Matthew 5:21-37. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Rev. Dr. James Forbes (Feb 6, 2017).

     Transfiguration: Encouragement for Faithfulness Unto Death, An On Scripture Feature by Rev. Dr. James Forbes with a focus on Luke 9:28-36. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Rev. Dr. James Forbes (January 31, 2016). 

     Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration, An ON Scripture Feature ... The topic of exile often gives pause to mainline Christians. While many might draw personal analogies to the experience of exile—through individual traumas such as illness, the... 
     Hearing Job: Vindicating The Traumatized, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by David. G. Garber, Jr. with a focus on Job 19:23-27a (Nov 10, 2013) On Scripture Video... The plight of Job is one of the most familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. Many of us know Job’s suffering and the tortuous advice of Job’s “comforters.” 

Green, Bridgett

     Changing The Conversation: Black Lives Do Matter, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Bridgett Green with a focus on Mark 4:26-34 (Jun 14, 2015)

Hatcher, Anthony

      Religious Liberty For The Rest Of Us, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Anthony Hatcher with a focus on Galatians 2: 15-20 ( Jun 13, 2013) On Scripture Video.

Henderson, Cassandra A.

      A Holy Visitation, An On Scripture Feature by Rev. Cassandra A. Henderson with a focus on Matthew 17:1-9 and John 3:1-17. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Rev. Cassandra A. Henderson (March 6, 2017).

Hoch, Robert  

     Cordera’s Dilemma: A Sinkhole Of Debt, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Robert Hoch with a focus on John 5:1-9 (May 05, 2013) On Scripture Video.

Holmes, Christopher T

     The Law’s Fracture Lines, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Christopher T. Holmes with a focus on Romans 7:15-25a (Jul 09, 2017) On Scripture Video.

Honor, Billy

     My Struggle with Pentecost as the Church’s Vacation Home Not its Residence, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Billy Honor with a focus on Acts 2:1-21 ... Pentecost is not a modern word.

     Trump’s Inauguration and Conflicted Hope in a Divided Christianity ... By the time many read these words the United States of America will be in the midst of inaugurating its 45th President, Donald J. Trump. 
     Why Jesus wouldn’t be a Democrat or Republican ... If you just listened to the current presidential candidates talk, you’d think the United States is a nation comprised of only rich and middle class individuals.  Almost.
     Jesus, Justice-Fatigue, and Why Being Black Is Exhausting ... Several days ago I was asked by a local news reporter what my response was to the report that Donald Trump, the leading vote getter in the Republican Presidential primary,
     Jesus, Poor People and the Underside of Thanksgiving ... I love the food, the fellowship, the friends and family, the football and did I mention that I love the food. Unashamedly it might very well be my favorite holiday. Yet, despite.
     Jesus, Poor Veterans And The Grass That Suffers, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Billy Honor with a focus on Luke 21: 5-19 (Nov 17, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... There is a popular African proverb that says when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.  This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and.

      Preachers' Reflections On Michael Brown And Ferguson, Missouri, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Billy Honor with a focus on Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28 (Aug 15, 2014) On Scripture Video. In light of events in Ferguson, Missouri, several ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect on the killing of Michael Brown and the response by the Missouri public and people around the world. To continue the conversation, join ON Scripture on Twitter at #onscripture.

Howard, Rev Anne Sutherland

     How To Love Like A Mother, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Rev. Anne Sutherland Howard with a focus on John 10:1-10 (May 11, 2014) On Scripture Video

Huber, Lynn

     An Unexpected Servant: The Leadership Of Pope Francis, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Lynn Huber with a focus on Isaiah 49:1-7 (Jan 19, 2014) On Scripture Video.
 
     Paul’s Call To Unity And Dr. King’s Legacy, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Doug Hume with a focus on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 (Jan 26, 2014) On Scripture Video.
 
Lilly, Ingrid Esther  

     A Moral Vision For Climate Change: Overview Of The Planet, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Ingrid Esther Lilly with a focus on Genesis 1:1-2:4a (Jun 15, 2014) On Scripture Video.
 
Lewicki, David

 
     Mansplaining Jesus: Why Religion Cannot Be Merely Explained ... Paul, Paul, Paul. ... 
     Our Dysfunctional Families, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by David Lewicki with a focus on Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28 (Aug 10, 2014) On Scripture Video. ...If you grew up in the 80s, like I did, there’s a decent chance that your earliest knowledge of Joseph’s story came through a local high school or community theater production of... 
     How Long Does Darkness Last?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by David Lewicki with a focus on John 20:1-18 (Mar 31, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... Mary arrived in the dark.  The gospels don’t agree on all of the details of Easter morning, but one fact is consistent across the stories:  Mary was there.  Mary,... 
     Holy Calamity ... We were warned. In the second chapter of the Book of Acts, after a resurrected Jesus leaves the scene for good, the first disciples are hanging out, waiting for God-knows-what.... 
 

     A Strange Summer Vacation, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Barbara K. Lundblad with a focus on Romans 13: 8-14 (Sep 07, 2014) On Scripture Video.

 
Jackson, Alvin O'Neal

     A Vision For America, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Reverend Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson with a focus on John 2:1-11 (Jan 20, 2013) On Scripture Video.

Jackson, Cari

     Our Children Are Us ... In every moment, we are every age we have ever been, according to psychologist Carl Rogers. For me this means, our bodies are like a bus riding down the highway of life and all... 

     Syrian Refugee Crisis: Our Chance To See God ... What began as an act of civil protest has continued to expand to civil war, genocide, and mass exodus. It began as protest in response to the arrest and torture of teenagers who... 
    We are Family: Why The Affordable Care Act Matters ... The R&B song “We Are Family,” made famous by the Pointer Sisters in 1979, remains one of my favorite songs. If you know the song, you might be bopping your head already, as... 
     Sacrificing Our Sons And Daughters, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Cari Jackson with a focus on Genesis 22: 1-14 (Jun 29, 2014) On Scripture Video ... "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you." ..

Jones, Verity A.

     Could Loaves And Fishes Change The Immigration Dilemma?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Verity Jones with a focus on Matthew 14:13-21 (Aug 03, 2014) On Scripture Video.... In June, reporters for The Washington Post described the deplorable detention conditions of the Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas. “The sick are separated by flimsy strips...

     Shrewd Christians, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Verity A. Jones with a focus on Luke 16:1-13 (Sep 22, 2013) On Scripture Video ... We worry now, but we’ve been concerned about the economy for a long time. The economic recovery from the recession in America has been slower than we hoped, and people continue...

      The Internet Troll vs. the Inner Toll, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Alicia Johnston with a focus on Romans 14:1-14 (Sept 11, 2017) On Scripture Video.

Junior, Nyasha 

      All In The Family, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Nyasha Junior with a focus on Genesis 25:19-34 (Jul 13, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Irresponsible. Foolish. Impulsive. Recent college graduates with substantial student loans are sometimes regarded in these terms. Those who attended college decades ago, with a ... 
      Who Was He? ... Who was Abraham Lincoln? You may get different answers depending on whom you ask. He is known as the Great Emancipator. He was a self-taught rural Kentuckyian. He was a husband... 

Keat, Rev Jim

     Burning Bush to Boston Common: You Are Standing on Holy Ground, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Rev. Jim Keat with a focus on Exodus 3:1-15 (Sept 4, 2017) On Scripture Video. Take off your shoes. ... 
     GODISNOWHERE ... You’ve probably seen it before: GODISNOWHERE.  ... 
     Baptism and Hope for the New Year ... How often do you think Jesus remembered his baptism? ... 
     Looking For Jesus ... 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... 
     Radical Hospitality: Building Bridges, Respecting Differences ... When I was eighteen years old I knew that I knew everything there was to know, especially in regards to the “us” and the “them” of the world. Eighteen year old me knew that... 
 
      Reformation Then and Now - Dismantling Walls Today ... Just over fifty-three years ago, a huge wall was built, a mighty fortress – a wall around East Berlin, a wall to keep out and a wall to keep in. This wall isolated people and... 
      Faith In New Places, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Dirk G. Lange with a focus on Luke 7:1-10 (Jun 02, 2013) On Scripture Video . ... The story of the Roman centurion sending word to Jesus through Jewish elders and his subsequent exclamation, “I am not worthy… but only say the word…” is simple, and yet... 
     Lip Service – But Where Is the Heart? ... Human beings want religion not God. Or, to put it slightly differently (and perhaps in a more nuanced manner!), they all too easily equate religion with a very particular,... 
     Who am I? ... One of the issues that follows us throughout life is that of identity. Who am I? How do I define myself? And then, the surprising realization and question: who defines me? I’m... 
 
     Gathering to Resolve Hate, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV with a focus on Matthew 18:15-20 (Sept 11, 2017) On Scripture VideoWhen I picture what God looks like, I picture Bertha Hamilton. Mother Bertha as she is known at her church is on staff at the hospital where my mom works. 
 
Lewiki, David  

     Mansplaining Jesus:  Why Religion Cannot Be Merely Explained, An On Scripture Feature by David Lewicki with a focus on Acts 17:22-31   

Long, Thomas G.

      Imagining Economic Justice, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Thomas G. Long with a focus on Matthew 20:1-16 (Sept 25, 2017) On Scripture Video.
      Faith and Fear ... When Herman Cain, standing knee-deep in seawater, finally conceded what was obvious to the rest of us, that his once full-steam-ahead presidential campaign had indeed hit an...

Lundblad, Barbara K.

     Too Much Salt or Not Enough?  What Jesus Says About Americans and Their Super Bowl, An On Scripture Feature by Barbara K. Lundblad with a focus on Matthew 5:13–20 and Isaiah 58:1– 9. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Barbara K. Lundblad (January 31, 2016). ... It will surely be a festival, but is it religious? Most people will say “no,” but in terms of devotion – well, devotion to a team or even the game itself often has religious... 

     Gay Marriage: A Christian Response ... The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.” With these words, Justice Anthony Kennedy... 

     Don’t Ask Jesus to Say The Table Prayer ... “Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” Jesus is praying to his Father, but this is also a very tender, motherly...
     Stories and Letters from Prison ... Who is God in Holy Week? Did God require Jesus to go to the cross as a sacrifice for our sins? Was everything neatly planned out – the donkey exactly where Jesus told the... 
     It's that Time Again: Depression and the Holidays ... Don’t check your watch. This is something else all together. We know it will soon be the end of November and the end of Thanksgiving weekend. In the Christian calendar, it’s the... 
     A Strange Summer Vacation ... “What did you do on your summer vacation?”  Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. Maybe you wrote such a paper... 
     A Hard Word To Hear This Winter, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Barbara Lundblad with a focus on Isaiah 58: 1 – 9a (Feb 09, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... If the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl comes down to the game’s final play, and you find yourself inclined to ask Jesus to help your favorite team win, remember: It’s quite... 
     The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together ... This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Tuesday the 40th anniversary of the Roe... 
     A Different Kind of King ... Delores Williams, wise theologian and teacher, was my colleague when I first came to Union Seminary. She grew up in the South and remembers Sunday mornings when the minister... 
     Beyond Fear and Silence ... This story leaves us wondering and longing for more. Mark’s Easter gospel (Mark 16: 1-8) ends with silence rather than “Alleluia!” That wasn’t the word the women said... 
     Visions of Jesus on the Mountain ... We could give explanations for what happened to her. Or we could remember a time when we sensed the presence of the Holy in our own lives. Perhaps we’ve never told anybody about... 
     Singing Through the Sorrow ... What is the text for this Sunday, September 11?  The minister may read a text from the Bible but many people will be hearing other texts that aren’t in the book: the... 

 

     Teaching Jesus ... This story in Matthew 15 is very troubling. A Canaanite woman cries out to Jesus to heal her daughter. By the end of the story, her daughter has been healed -- but... 

Lutter, Paul

      The Power Of Love, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Paul Lutter with a focus on Luke 13: 10-17 (Aug 25, 2013) On Scripture Video.
 
     Whose Image Is Stamped On Your Heart?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Doug Mendenhall with a focus on Matthew 22:15-22 (Oct 19, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Two decades ago, when we were both young and dangerous, one of the first jobs my wife held was as a collections officer for the Internal Revenue Service. 
      Rising Above The Low-Water Mark Of 2013, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Doug Mendenhall with a focus on Ephesians 1:3-14 (Jan 05, 2014) On Scripture Video.
 
Myers, Jacob D.  

     Theological Trackstanding: A User’s Guide to Unity in Church and Society ... Even as we jeer at our elected officials who can’t seem to get their acts together, none who have spent any time in a church business meeting should be surprised at the level of... 
      In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence ... “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind,... 
      Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity With Paul, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Jacob D. Myers with a focus on Romans 12:1-8 (Aug 31, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Do you want to know a secret about working out? Here it is: we don’t grow our muscles in the gym. 
      The Hell of Parenting: A Study of 1 Samuel ... Few narratives in the Hebrew Bible are more foreign to us than this week’s lection. We do not give away our children. In a society determined by socio-economic forces...
 

     Rise Up!, An On Scripture Feature by Roger S. Nam with a focus on Micah 6:1-8. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Roger S. Nam (Jan 16, 2017).  ... The prophet Micah lived during a time of political turmoil and transition. Sound familiar? 

     2016: Do Your Part to Make It A Happy New Year ... Aside from midnight church services, family reunions and Ryan Seacrest parties, a significant number of people celebrated New Year's Day from the less festive setting of one.

     Immigration: Love Without Borders ... The 2016 presidential election season has brought increased attention to the topic of immigration in recent weeks. 
      Baptism, Righteousness, And The War On Poverty: A 2014 Epiphany, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Roger Nam with a focus on Matthew 3:13-17 (Jan 12, 2014) On Scripture Video.
 
     Fear And Wisdom In The Immigration Debate, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Raj Nadella with a focus on Luke 8 (Jun 23, 2013) On Scripture Video.
 
Nunes, John

     It's Not About You, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by John Nunes with a focus on Luke 14: 25-33 (Sep 08, 2013) On Scripture Video.
 
McCarthy, James W.

     From Egypt To South Africa, We Are Each Other’s Keepers, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by  James W. McCarty III with a focus on Genesis 4 (Aug 15, 2013) On Scripture Video.
 

Peace, Jennifer

      It Is About The Land. It Is Not About The Land, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Jennifer Peace with a focus on Jeremiah 32:1-3a; 6-15 (Sep 29, 2013) On Scripture Video.

 
      Mary And Martha: Use Your Gifts, Whatever They May Be, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Sister Carol Perry with a focus on Luke 10:40-42 (Jul 21, 2013) On Scripture Video.

Powers, Brian

     Moral Injury - the Devil that Looks to Devour, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Brian Powers with a focus on 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Ramirez-Johnson, Johnny

     Are We Safer Now?  Security and Mercy in God’s Law, An On Scripture Feature by Johnny Ramirez-Johnson with a focus on Leviticus 19:1-2 and Leviticus 19: 9-18. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Johnny Ramirez-Johnson (Feb 12, 2017)

     The Sacrifice of Covenant Relationship ... On any given Saturday, people join Habitat for Humanity teams and commit to work to help eradicate poverty housing. The individual volunteers give of their time, energy and... 
     Acknowledging Our Divine Positioning, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Kimberly D. Russaw with a focus on Genesis 45:1-15 (Aug 17, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Those readers who have a passing acquaintance with the biblical story of Joseph may simply remember him for his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, while others more theologically... 
      The Modern Need For Lamentations, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Kimberly D. Russaw with a focus on Lamentations 1: 1-11 (Oct 06, 2013) On Scripture Video ... Twenty-first century readers of the Scriptures are likely uncomfortable with the book of Lamentations and its stories of weeping, groaning, and grieving. But, the act of...

Sanchez, David A. plus here

      Fútbol es Vida and Football is Death: Qatar 2022, A reflection by David A. Sánchez ON Scripture Video I want you to keep a number in mind as I pen this reflection, that number is 7,000. That is the estimated number of work related deaths projected in preparation for the 2022...

     Christian Suffering In A World Of Suffering, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by David A. Sánchez with a focus on 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 (Jun 01, 2014) On Scripture Video.

     It's The Name On The Front Of The Jersey That Matters, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by David A. Sánchez, PhD with a focus on Colossians 3:1-11 (Aug 04, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... I have always loved baseball. Growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles, baseball was the one activity that kept me away from the pitfalls many young Latino males face... 

     Waiting On The Messiah And Presidential Expectations, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by David A. Sánchez, Ph.D with a focus on Luke 3:15-17 and 21-22  (Jan 13, 2013) On Scripture Video
 

Sharp, Carolyn J.

      Pope Francis: Holy Humility In Community, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Carolyn J. Sharp with a focus on Luke 18:9-14 (Oct 27, 2013) On Scripture Video. ... Reversals of power play through many stories and poems of Scripture. The sacred texts foundational to Jewish and Christian identity are insistent in their efforts to reconfigure...

      On the Fiscal Cliff with John the Baptist, An On Scripture Feature by Carolyn J. Sharp with a focus on Luke 3: 7-18. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Carolyn J. Sharp (December 12, 2012). ... Recently I had the unsettling experience of receiving unsolicited financial advice from John the Baptist. Not directly, of course— his counsel was mediated through an ancient... 

     Magnificat for a Broken World ... I left St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in New Haven with a soaring spirit. The Lessons & Carols service—quintessentially Anglican worship interweaving Scripture and music—had... 
 
 
     No Justice, No Peace ... The system is rigged. It always has been. ... 
     Why We Can’t Wait ... Why We Can’t Wait is the familiar title of Martin Luther King Jr.’s book from 1964. The volume includes his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (written April 16, 1963)... 
     Exposing a Government's Abuse of Power, and Other Life Hacks
     Stop me if you’ve heard this story before. It’s familiar to many. ... 
     The Value and Limits of Religious Liberty ... Disagreements about whether and how a society should respect people’s “religious liberty” are nothing new. But, in case you hadn’t noticed, they seem to be growing louder. ... 
     Learning from Mary in Our Age of Endless War ... National Geographic magazine recently named Mary, the mother of Jesus, “the most powerful woman in the world” as an appraisal of her ongoing influence and popularity. But do... 
     Sorry, Presidential Candidates: Hope Resides in Groans, not in Your Rhetoric ... So far, eight men and women from the two major parties have formally declared their candidacy. Actually, eight is the number of candidates whose names you might know. There are... 
     Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty ... Many people fear death. It’s an understandable fear. And one that’s socially acceptable. 
     The Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance ... At the same time, many find it harder to watch professional football now than ever before 
     Since We Have to Wait, We’d Better Get to Work ... What does the Christian life consist of? What does God expect from us? 
     Why Work To Change The World?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Matt Skinner with a focus on Matthew 21:23-32 (Sep 28, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... It’s hard to follow through on our commitments. It’s hard to do what we know to be right. 
     Why You Ought to Leave the Church ... Recently, a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination. I’m not 100% sure I know why. But the no-regrets explanation they wrote implied that... 
     Enjoy The Super Bowl; Be Suspicious Of Its Values, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Matthew L. Skinner with a focus on Matthew 5:1-12 (Feb 02, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... At least, when we read the opening sentences of his Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5:1-12), it seems his values are light years away from the confident and muscular ethos... 
     I Know What God Looks Like, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Matthew L. Skinner with a focus on Luke 15: 1-10 (Sep 15, 2013) On Scripture Video... Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. ... 

      When “Homeland Security” Keeps Us From Encountering God, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Matthew L. Skinner with a focus on John 17:20-26 (May 12, 2013) On Scripture Video ... How do we encounter God? Some assume it comes from adhering to tried and true practices and traditions. But sometimes we experience God through opening ourselves to what or to... 

     How to Survive the Sequester, Syria, and Other Threatening Headlines ... Current events, like much about our lives, frequently leave us hopeless, fearful, and uncertain. Religious faith isn’t a matter of wishing away these experiences; it involves... 
     Immigration Reform and the Challenges of Generosity ... The story began, in Luke 4:16-21, with Jesus unveiling his mission statement: he says he intends to be God’s instrument for releasing people from oppression of all kinds --... 
     Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy? ... Sometimes, the worse the tragedy, the more abhorrent the theology it elicits. 
     Is It Possible to Govern "Biblically"? ... Temptations to hold and wield power are usually tough to pass up. Power is alluring whether we imagine having it over others or on behalf of them, whether it’s power in society,...
     Jesus’ Death and the Future of Violence ... If pondering Jesus’ crucifixion doesn’t make you uncomfortable, you probably aren’t doing it right. I’m not referring to the gore and humiliation, which makes crucifixion... 
     What Makes a Family? ... “Parents just don’t understand” might be an ever-present theme in popular music, but it’s hardly a modern phenomenon. 
     What Jesus’ Death Tells Us About Ourselves ... The Trayvon Martin story is tragic for many reasons. We see one of them in what his death has again brought to the surface: deeply rooted convictions that the system... 
     Where Can God Be Found? ... Maybe the most divisive religious statements are the ones that make claims about how and where God can be found. Disagreements among people of faith today remind us that... 
     The Inconvenient Truth About Taking Care of the Poor ... Jesus was concerned about the very poor. ... 
    Advent: One of Those Dangerous Religious Ideas ... The season of Advent (four Sundays preceding Christmas) traditionally begins, not with backward-looking remembrances of circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth, but with eerie... 
    The Heavy Cost Of Paying "The Emperor" ... It couldn’t hurt for Jesus to show up and weigh in on America’s current economic and political challenges. It might be helpful if he issued a declaration about who should pay... 
    Justice Comes in the Evening ... Maybe you remember this old line: A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, and a liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.   
    Faith within the Chaos ... In Matthew’s Gospel, the story of Jesus walking on water morphs into a story of Peter walking on, then sinking into, the same water. It begins as a statement about... 
 

Smith, Shanell T. 

      Gatekeepers of Redemption: Conservative Evangelicals on the Death Penalty ... “But it was an accident! … He said it was a black-skinned boy who sort of looked like my son.” 

      What If The Earth Was God’s Vineyard?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Shanell T. Smith with a focus on Matthew 21:33-46 (Oct 05, 2014) On Scripture Video. ... Dare to go there with me, if you will. What if we imagine God’s vineyard as described in Matthew 21 to be this beautiful world we inhabit? What will happen if we reject it – if...

      Whose Banquet Is It Anyway?, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Shanell T. Smith with a focus on Luke 14:1, 7-14 (Sep 01, 2013) On Scripture Video... The upcoming March on Washington has been on my mind as I reflect upon this week’s Gospel reading from Luke about a banquet. I personally love banquets.

Smith, Shively

     Compassion that Moves!, An On Scripture Feature a reflection by Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith with a focus on Matthew 9:35-10:8.

Smith, Yolanda

       Studying The Law As We Study The Word, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Yolanda Smith with a focus on 2 Timothy 2:8-15 (Oct 13, 2013) On Scripture Video.

Sparks, Susan

     Grace Bats Last ... I am a big believer in shaking things up and approaching ideas through an unexpected perspective. Like the billboard I saw in Minnesota: It read, at the top, “Minnesota... 
     The Missing Piece ... Life’s difficulties can come in many forms: illness, loss, prejudice, pain . . . and assembling furniture from Ikea. Anyone who has attempted to put together anything ... 
     The Power Of Prayer… At The Kmart, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Rev. Susan Sparks with a focus on Luke 11:1-13 (Jul 28, 2013) On Scripture Video... When I want to remind myself of the power of prayer, I go to the Astor Place Kmart on the lower east side of Manhattan. Sure, I could read Kierkegaard or Augustine, but I prefer...

Swain, Storm

     When Trauma Victims Teach Us About Hope, An On Scripture Feature by Rev. Dr. Storm Swain with a focus on John 11:1-45.

 
 
      Reverend Thorne received her undergraduate degree from The State University of New York – Empire State College, concentrating in the field of Cultural Studies with a Creative Writing focus. She went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree in Art, Religion, and Psychology from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where she was awarded the school's highest honor. She completed post-graduate studies in pastoral care and counseling at The Blanton-Peale Institute and is certified as a coach and disaster chaplain. 
      Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America, Adriene celebrates the priesthood of all believers and holds an understanding of all God's people as "called." She has served as a member of the Reformed Church in America’s Commission on Christian Worship, the RCA’s Global Mission Task Force, and as a Room for All board member, advocating for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life and ministry of the Reformed Church in America. Adriene is active with interfaith and ecumenical organizations and professional ministry groups, seeking justice and joy for all God’s children.
      Reverend Thorne has taught throughout her career, both nationally and internationally, developing curricula for all age groups that integrates movement with concepts of team building, identity, and healthy living. She has served as visiting artist/theologian at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, as a lecturer, in the area of spiritual formation, at Union Theological Seminary, and as keynote speaker and preacher at The Pacific School of Religion. Her work has been published in the Huffington Post Religion section, That Reformed Blog, and in The Twelve, where she has appeared as a guest writer. 
 
     Moral Leprosy, An on Scripture Feature (2 Kings 5:1-14) by Adriene Thorne (Jul 03, 2016).
 
     Chibok Girls: We Will Not be Quiet - We Will Not Forget, An On Scripture Feature (2 Samuel 13:12b, 14, 20-22) by Adriene Thorne, (Apr 14, 2016).

Tidwell, Melissa

     Downward Dog: Finding God in a Dog, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Melissa Tidwell with a focus on Philippians 2:1-13 (Oct 02, 2017) On Scripture Video.
 

Vanderwell, Howard 

     Bible Study on Worship: Elements of Christian Worship and is designed for use by a worship planning team/committee by Norma de Waal Malefyt and Howard Vanderwell and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship : Preparation for Worship (Psalm 15 and John 4:21-24); The Opening of Worship (Psalm 95 and Acts 2:42-47); The Service of Renewal in Grace (Psalm 32:1-11 and 1 John 1:8-10);  The Reading of Scripture (Nehemiah 8:1-6 and Luke 4:14-21); Proclaiming the Word (Romans 10:14-18 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5); Congregational Song (Psalm 96 and Colossians 3:15-17); The Prayers of the People (1 Chronicles 29:10-19 and 1 Timothy 2:1-8); Affirmations and Professions (Psalm 116 and Philippians 2:5-11); Responding in Praise and Thanks (Exodus 15:1-21 and Revelation 5:6-14); The Service of Baptism (Matthew 28:16-20 and Romans 6:1-7);  The Service of the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:17-30 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34); The Closing of Worship (Numbers 6:22-27 and 2 Corinthians 13:14) 

 

Wiseman, Karyn L.

      To Be A Rock in a World Adrift, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Karyn L. Wiseman with a focus on Matthew 16:13-20 (Aug 28, 2017) On Scripture Video.  More Resources from Karyn L. Wiseman. It seems like every morning when I wake up the news startles me to some extent. I have several apps on my phone that post the breaking news and when I get up I look to see what... 

     The Many Rooms of God, An On Scripture Feature by Karyn L Wiseman with a focus on John 14: 1-14  More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Karyn L. Wiseman (May 8, 2017) The news of the world with its conflicts between racial, ethnic and political groups affects us not just on a global level but often on an interpersonal level as we go about our... 

     It’s Been 40 Days:  How to Resist the Temptation of Injustice and Intolerance, An On Scripture Feature by Karyn L Wiseman with a focus on Matthew 4:1-11  More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Karyn L. Wiseman (Feb 27, 2017) I keep seeing listicles pop up on my Facebook feed. 40 Best Movies of all Time. 40 most underrated actors. 40 best hip-hop moments in history. 40 things that make everyone smile...

     Lost and Found: Depression and Isolation, An On Scripture Feature by Karyn L Wiseman with a focus on Luke 15:1-10. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Karyn L. Wiseman (Sept 5, 2016)   I went to Junior High and High School in the West Texas community of Andrews. It was a loving and vibrant community where high school football and marching band were important.... 

     Standing with Blue an I keep seeing listicles pop up on my Facebook feed. 40 Best Movies of all Time. 40 most underrated actors. 40 best hip-hop moments in history. 40 things that make everyone smile...d Black Lives, An On Scripture Feature by Karyn L Wiseman with a focus on Luke 12:32-40. More Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Karyn L. Wiseman (Aug 1, 2016). Many folks think that the choices we have before us are simply binary choices– one or the other has to be our position (and truthfully the toilet paper roll placement may be..

     The End of Excuses ... But we also largely ignored another massive story that has been growing significantly over the last months, but that has actually been with us for years. The world refugee... 
 
     Finding Light in the Dark: Hope Inside Desperate Discourse ... All you have to do is turn on the news to hear desperation, fear, anger, and hatred. We find it in our politics and in our public discourse. We find it in our churches and in... 
 
     Black Friday: Can’t Buy Love ... BLACK FRIDAY SALES have been advertised for weeks now it seems. Doorstoppers, insane discounts, buy 1-get 1 free, and other mega sales are coming at us whether we want them to... 
 
     The New Feminism: Redefining A Woman’s Place ... Recently two African American women took to the stage during a Bernie Sanders’ campaign event to protest for #BlackLivesMatter, a movement confronting issues related to racism... 
 
     Legislating Love in the 21st Century ... One of the hot button topics in America today is same sex marriage. 
 
      Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls from God ... The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last week was an act of absolute evil. The fact that people sitting down for a simple editorial meeting at their work site could be... 
 
     The First Multi-Media Blowup Moment, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Karyn L. Wiseman with a focus on Acts 2:1-21 (Jun 08, 2014) On Scripture Video. More Resources from Karyn L. WisemanCan you imagine sitting in a public space and all of a sudden everyone around you starts to speak in a different language? And yet somehow you still understand them? Can you... 
 
     Resistance Is Futile, An On Scripture Feature. A reflection by Karyn L Wiseman with a focus on Luke 9:51-62 (Jun 30, 2013) On Scripture VideoMore Bible Study and Sermons Resources From Karyn L. Wiseman  ...In the Methodist tradition in which I was I raised, there is a concept of perfection. We “strive for perfection” in loving each other and loving God. It is not about avoiding... 
 
     Not Another Bread Passage…Please! ... Sometimes when I read a biblical text, it makes almost perfect sense to me. Other times, the author's intent seems fairly obvious so I get a good feeling about what I am reading. 

     Preachers' Reflections On Michael Brown And Ferguson, Missouri, An ON Scripture Feature. A reflection by Karyn L. Wiseman with a focus on Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28 (Aug 15, 2014) On Scripture Video. In light of events in Ferguson, Missouri, several ON Scripture writers took a few moments to reflect on the killing of Michael Brown and the response by the Missouri public and people around the world. To continue the conversation, join ON Scripture on Twitter at #onscripture.

 

 

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