Greetings From the Editor
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by Jin Hee Han

For the winter issue of 2016, we present a collection of articles and book reviews focused upon the theme of “BREATHING.” This year we were presented with a series of challenges, but the Lord provided for us exactly what we needed to continue this important ministry. Help from the Lord came through like the precious supply of breath in ways that we could recognize right away as God’s gracious intervention.

Our authors highlight God’s mysterious and wondrous work we encounter in the Bible, the life of the church, and the world in modern days. As the Johannine Jesus points out, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” (John 3:8). Commentators immediately add that the Greek word for the “wind” is pneuma, and that it also means “spirit” (as in the Holy Spirit). The Spirit of the living God takes us where we may not have anticipated, but the upshot of the journey is always the manifestation of God’s goodness.

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Book Review: Jubilee and The New Testament by Sharon H. Ringe
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Book Review: Jubilee and The New Testament by Sharon H. Ringe

Reviewed by Keith Russell

A book review of Jesus, Liberation, and The Biblical Jubilee: Images For Ethics and Christology by Sharon H. Ringe

Preparation for Ministry
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Preparation for Ministry

By Dale T. Irvin

Sermon based on Matthew 9:35-10:9

Living with a Different Set of Signals
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Living with a Different Set of Signals

By Walter Brueggemann

The ancient memory of Jubilee is very odd. The term “Jubilee” is from the Hebrew YBL, “trumpet.” When the “trumpet sounds,” debts are forgiven and property is returned. These actions are not undertaken out of an emotional “rush,” but “on signal,” under discipline, in response to a regular communal expectation.

Jubilee: The Righting of Relationships
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Jubilee: The Righting of Relationships

By Marie Dennis

At the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition lies a vision that deserves continued probing as we settle into the new millennium. In religious circles for the past few years much has been said about the need for “Jubilee.” In fact, Jubilee images have animated a spectacular global movement that made progress toward debt cancellation real for some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

Jubilee in my World
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Jubilee in my World

By Henry Mitchell

It’s my impression that Jubilee is rarely discussed in church circles, except when encountered in Bible lessons. The topic is not exciting preaching material, either, I suspect.

Jubilee for the Captive?
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Jubilee for the Captive?

By Walter J. Burghardt

Today, in our Jubilee year, we Christians have our own needs that call for various kinds ofliberation. I shall focus on one such need: justice. Specifically, justice for prisoners, for the men and women incarcerated for crimes. Three stages to my reflection: (1) the justice that is retributive, punitive, vengeful; (2) the justice that is restorative; (3) the justice that is capital punishment.

The Bi-Vocational Preacher
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The Bi-Vocational Preacher

By Robert LaRochelle

Current economic realities and trends in church demographics have led an increasing number of churches to consider downsizing the job description of their pastors from full-time to part-time.

Quotations on Jubilee
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Quotations on Jubilee

by Rafael Reyes III

Quotations based on the theme of Jubilee

What Can We Expect?: December 2010 Lectionary
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What Can We Expect?: December 2010 Lectionary

By Keith Russell

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for December 2010

The Time of Our Lives: November 2010 Lectionary
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The Time of Our Lives: November 2010 Lectionary

by J. Gerald Janzen

Reflections on the Lectionary Reading for November 2010

The Way: Faith, Gratitude, Prayer and Generosity: October 2010 Lectionary
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The Way: Faith, Gratitude, Prayer and Generosity: October 2010 Lectionary

by David Bartlett

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for October 2010

LIVE: Youth Bible Catholic Edition Review
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LIVE: Youth Bible Catholic Edition Review

By Rafael Reyes III

LIVE: Youth Bible Catholic Edition is the first ever bible created by teens for teens. Based on the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), LIVE offers an interactive space not only to read, but to respond to the scripture in a new and dynamic way. LIVE contains content created by teens, as well as a space to reflect, draw, and interact with scripture. It includes thought provoking questions and activities that can help teens discover how God is involved in their lives, as well as how they can live out their faith at home, school, parish and community.