From the Editor-In-Chief
August 1, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jin Hee Han

In this new issue, our authors challenge us to recognize that endurance signifies not so much hardness of certain situations but the hardiness of the faithful. They remind us of the grace of resilience. For that we are eternally grateful.

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Endurance: Legacy of the African-American Christian Experience
August 1, 2014 – 1:51 pm | One Comment

One of the great ironies of Christian history and American history is that slave masters preached and taught black slaves a racialist form of Christianity. The slavers hoped the religion they preached to enslaved blacks would keep slaves docile. Yet, the teaching that filtered through racialist rhetoric was a story that fired the imaginations of the slaves: the story of the God who rescued the Hebrews from Egypt. That powerful story with visceral imagery ignited a Liberation Theology among those who understood that through the Exodus event God was the God of Liberation and the God of those Howard Thurman would call the disinherited. Some of those disinherited ones, far from resigning into docility, were inspired to rebellion. Both Denmark Vesey in South Carolina and Nat Turner in Virginia were Christian preachers.

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Breaking Out of Cages (Commemorating Maya Angelou)
August 1, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment
Breaking Out of Cages (Commemorating Maya Angelou)

by Nicole Duncan-Smith

This is a personal story of how Angelou’s writings and life influenced the author to such a degree, that she credits Maya Angelou with her gaining self-confidence, and teaching her how to navigate some difficult periods in her life. Angelou as poet/author/ humanitarian inspired her readers and listeners many positive ways.

Endurance with Hope (Commemorating Maya Angelou)
August 1, 2014 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Endurance with Hope (Commemorating Maya Angelou)

by Dae Jung

Dae Jung credits Angelou’s book, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, as defining endurance as “what happens as a resistance to death by life itself.” He also uses the experiences of Theologian Jürgen Moltmann as a teenager in Germany to show how hope is a strong motivator for life.

Quotes from Maya Angelou (Commemorating Maya Angelou)
August 1, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment
Quotes from Maya Angelou (Commemorating Maya Angelou)

Collected by Darla Turlington

A collection of quotes from Maya Angelou.

Endurance (in the Hebrew Bible)
August 1, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
Endurance (in the Hebrew Bible)

by Baruch A. Levine

The author relates today’s concept of endurance to how it was demonstrated in the Hebrew Bible. For example, he uses Deut 4:3–4 to show how the Israelites who remained loyal to the Covenant with YHWH were not seduced by Baal-Peor, the Moabite deity. There are many interesting examples of how the Old Testament Israelites demonstrated faithful endurance.

Evidence of Modern Endurance—The Asia Rural Institute (ARI)
August 1, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment
Evidence of Modern Endurance—The Asia Rural Institute (ARI)

by Pam Hasegawa

Here is an example of how one person realized that the poor peasants in Asia who had been cheated by unscrupulous middlemen could change their lives and the lives of people in their villages by attending a nine-month training session that required extreme endurance. This is a wonderful, true tale!

Building a Durable Mission
August 1, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment
Building a Durable Mission

by Kevin Yoho

How do the actions of a local, inner city church square with the concept of endurance? They do if the subject is Mission Endurance. Here are the experiences of a pastor whose church had endured but was facing new unpleasant realities. Successful endurance often requires new thinking. Here is how one church overcame the revered dying past to establish a new future.

Endurance: Finding the Grace to Stand
August 1, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment
Endurance: Finding the Grace to Stand

by Donald L. Odom

There are many examples of people overcoming obstacles through endurance. Sometimes endurance is a physical attribute, but it can also reflect mental toughness. The author shares his own need for endurance when he was diagnosed with cancer and he wondered, “Why me?” And later he learned that our growth in God depends on continuing to mature in faith to overcome our challenges.

Perseverance
August 1, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment
Perseverance

by Cleotha Robertson

The two Biblical characters who most represent the idea of endurance are Job and Jesus. Who does not sympathize with Job—set upon by the devil, abandoned by his friends and seemingly by God? Jesus, tested by Satan, and constantly attacked by the religious community showed endurance that could have come only from God.

Lectionary: Scriptural Interpretations for Year A: August 3 through October 26, 2014
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Lectionary: Scriptural Interpretations for Year A: August 3 through October 26, 2014

by Remington Slone

Whether or not a pastor follows the Lectionary, this perceptive commentary should prove valuable for preachers, seminary students, and lay readers seeking to expand their understanding of many Biblical passages from both Testaments.

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings
August 1, 2014 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings

collected by Darla Turlington

Here are quotations from the Bible and from secular writings that pastors and others may find useful in sermons, essays, or other venues.

From the Editor-In-Chief
August 1, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment
From the Editor-In-Chief

by Jin Hee Han

In this new issue, our authors challenge us to recognize that endurance signifies not so much hardness of certain situations but the hardiness of the faithful. They remind us of the grace of resilience. For that we are eternally grateful.

Healing: Psychological and Theological Perspectives
May 1, 2014 – 12:13 am | No Comment
Healing: Psychological and Theological Perspectives

by Insook Lee

Many health care professionals consider religion and spirituality essential components in a holistic approach to health; many religious leaders recognize the benefits of using scientific and psychological perspectives to assess and treat specific symptoms. Here the author suggests ways for pastors to engage in dialog and treatment with health professionals.