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24th Sunday After Pentecost – Eric Nord

Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 32:1-7; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10
Those of you who, like me, grew up in or around the church probably have some little musical ditty ringing in your ears—either something about a “wee little man,” or perhaps a memory from the ‘70s of the Medical Mission Sisters singing [...]



The Arc Toward Justice – Georgann Kurtz-Shaw

Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8
We’ve always tried to talk with our daughter Mathea about the books she reads and the movies she watches. When she was small, we were typically the ones directing the conversation, but somewhere along the way, our roles were reversed a bit. Now when we see a movie, musical, or play together—especially one Mathea likes—she nearly always begins a conversation [...]



The Church’s Response To Suffering: “Your faith has made you well” — Kirsten Freeze

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2nd Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19
This week I have been especially tired, especially bogged down with problems that I seem to have absolutely no control over. I’ve been reading the news too often and God’s word too little, and let me tell you…I am so tired. Another man shot, another man killed—blatant, horrific misogyny on a national stage—devastating hurricanes in our most vulnerable [...]



The Process Of Reconciliation – Teresa Holden

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Lamentations 3:19-26; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10
In the summer of 2013, I attended Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation Summer Institute with my colleagues and friends Pedro, Elizabeth and Kent Dunnington. There we learned a process for facilitating reconciliation. I would like to consider today’s Scriptures through this lens [...]