Greetings From the Editor
June 15, 2017 – 7:20 am | No Comment

by Jin H. Han

The most important detail about a robed man nailing the Ninety-Five Theses on a church door is that the Reformation was not about starting a new church but about reclaiming what God had in mind for the world. Luther’s notion of liberty is grippingly captured in his treatise on Christian liberty (1520), in which a Christian is declared to be “subject to none.” It reiterates a call of the gospel for all believers so that we may all work together to battle injustice in our society in the name of the reign of God.

Subject to none but God, we are here only to serve God, and clearly the theme, liberty, binds us together.

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Living Our Mission in the Marketplace
October 18, 2008 – 7:29 am | Comments Off on Living Our Mission in the Marketplace
Living Our Mission in the Marketplace

by Janet Helene Martin

We live in a global community and we are all connected. The decisions we make in the marketplace can reflect our living faith as individuals and as congregations.

God’s Marketplace?
October 18, 2008 – 7:24 am | Comments Off on God’s Marketplace?
God’s Marketplace?

by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Hostetter

Unlike the debates about global warming, no one seems to be denying that the recent violent upheavals in the economies of the U.S. and the world are entirely man-made.

Gossip in the Marketplace
October 17, 2008 – 8:27 am | Comments Off on Gossip in the Marketplace
Gossip in the Marketplace

By Rebecca Brown

When I was growing up, we had quite a bit of gossip in our home town. From the lady who had too much of a bounce in her step when she walked around the block to the elderly gentleman who put on clown shoes when he marched in the parade, we were always talking about somebody.

Preaching for Days to Come
October 15, 2008 – 10:30 pm | Comments Off on Preaching for Days to Come
Preaching for Days to Come

by Dr. Mark W. Hamilton

Even if one believes, like that wild-eyed rancher cum prophet, Amos of Tekoa, that God has roared like a lion a message of indictment and hope, still, finding the nerve and stamina and necessary external support of a friend or two requires an effort of will and a streak of independence.

I Was in Prison and You Visited Me … Then What?
July 10, 2008 – 9:20 am | Comments Off on I Was in Prison and You Visited Me … Then What?
I Was in Prison and You Visited Me … Then What?

by Katharyn L. Waldron

It is no longer “enough” for us to visit people in prison; justice demands a fuller response to the Gospels.

Extension of Life or the Extension of Dying: Ethics at End-of-Life
July 10, 2008 – 9:11 am | Comments Off on Extension of Life or the Extension of Dying: Ethics at End-of-Life
Extension of Life or the Extension of Dying: Ethics at End-of-Life

by Paul Bryant-Smith

As we consider end-of-life care for our loved ones and for ourselves, we are often struck by the difficulties that arise as a result of the improvements in medical technologies that have prolonged human life well beyond anything that could have been imagined even a few decades ago.

Few, If Any, Decisions Are Sinless
July 10, 2008 – 9:01 am | Comments Off on Few, If Any, Decisions Are Sinless
Few, If Any, Decisions Are Sinless

by William N. Lovell

But the Christian pacifist who is committed to the purpose and will of God as shown in Jesus Christ over and against any present crisis situation, whose antecedent causes and effects are complex and manifold, acknowledges his or her inability to provide a responsible solution to every particular evil, monstrous as it may be. Such a pacifist must be willing finally to have failed for not having an answer, in seeming defeat, in order to witness to love as the ultimate purpose of God over all.

Ethics and Politics
July 10, 2008 – 8:48 am | Comments Off on Ethics and Politics
Ethics and Politics

by Tom Lombardo

How blessed are the peacemakers; God shall call them his sons.

Ethics Under the Scoreboard
July 9, 2008 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on Ethics Under the Scoreboard
Ethics Under the Scoreboard

by Robert LaRochelle

The actions we take and the choices we make reflect if we are followers of Christ, children of God, doing the very best we can with our talents, gifts and strengths.

You Shall Be Holy
July 9, 2008 – 8:43 am | Comments Off on You Shall Be Holy
You Shall Be Holy

by Rev. Roger R. Gustafson

When our best attempts to live up to that demand run into opposition, what are we to do?

Go and Do Likewise
July 9, 2008 – 8:33 am | Comments Off on Go and Do Likewise
Go and Do Likewise

by Michael Monshau

When ethical issues are conveyed within the language of morality and become phenomena to be encountered in the course of virtue formation, the preacher can approach the contentious issues of the day with far greater confidence.

Faith, Hope, and Personal Responsibility
July 8, 2008 – 12:43 pm | Comments Off on Faith, Hope, and Personal Responsibility
Faith, Hope, and Personal Responsibility

by Kirk Woodward

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for September 2008.