Faith Reflections: Feels like Good Friday

Faith Reflections: Feels like Good Friday

by Angela Khabeb A few weeks ago, the gospel text for the third Sunday of Easter was the familiar story of The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35). I’ve heard this story throughout my life and preached it many times. But encountering this familiar story through a COVID-19 lens is a game-changer. Walking on the […]

Accepting God’s radical grace

Accepting God’s radical grace

by SommerAnn McCullough During the season of Lent, I started a Bible Study group at my church. I was excited to create this space for anyone who wanted to learn more about the lectionary we hear each Sunday in worship. I wanted to build community, dig deeper into the weekly Scripture, and ask each other […]

A litany for lament

A litany for lament

by Kristen Glass Perez The word lament can be used as a verb (to express sorrow, mourning, or regret) or a noun (wailing, crying out in grief). In the Hebrew Bible, the book of Lamentations is made up of five poems that express grief over the destruction of Jerusalem and exile of the people in […]

We are claimed in the wilderness

We are claimed in the wilderness

by Joy McDonald Coltvet And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  Mark 1:11-12 Jesus is baptized and named the Beloved and then is immediately driven to the wilderness. Comforting or disturbing, this is life. […]

Faith reflections: Beloved and wonderfully made

Faith reflections: Beloved and wonderfully made

by Emily Heitzman It is really hard to be a preteen or teenager today. I unfortunately know this because as a pastor who works with youth, I have seen this firsthand. I’m not saying that it wasn’t difficult to be that age. I received my fair share of unrealistic and unhealthy messages about society’s definition […]

Faith reflections: The labor of love

Faith reflections: The labor of love

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni    Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with […]

Risky transformation

Risky transformation

by Angela T. Khabeb A new calendar year often brings a fresh perspective with promises of a clean slate. We remember the past year and take inventory of successes and failures. We also look ahead with hope and anticipation of what will be. New Year’s resolutions abound. Our promises create a lovely tapestry. We vow […]

Advent: The season of illumination

Advent: The season of illumination

by Emily Anne Carson Advent is a season of illumination. We watch and wait to welcome the Light. The Light of Christ empowers us to see the world around us in new and braver ways. The Light radiates in such a way that we recognize reality without fear. It isn’t just the overtly happy parts […]

Let’s talk about debt, baby

Let’s talk about debt, baby

by Rozella Haydée White We talk about debt in the same ways we talk about sex. We either don’t talk about it at all, or we relegate it to hushed corners of shame. Debt and sex are two things that most people in this country have, yet the church rarely creates space to discuss them. […]

On 1 Corinthians 13

On 1 Corinthians 13

by Mary Button You know those songs everybody knows, but everybody knows only about 80% of the lyrics? Maybe you’ve been that person belting out the words to a song, up to that point where you just kind of hum or mumble along with the tune. For me, it happens even with hymns I’ve known […]