INTRODUCTION Abba St. Moses, called "the Robber," or "the Black," or "the Strong," was one of the great Egyptian Desert Fathers of the late 4th century. He was likely originally from Nubia, or perhaps present-day Sudan. In any case, he was a released slave who lived...
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
“We are in a battle for the soul of this nation,” said Joseph Biden while racing toward his final showdown with Donald Trump last year. The pronouncement turned heads, his invocation of an ancient philosophical concept crashing into a heated public reckoning...
Zachary McCartney, Ben Peterson
How can Christians best participate in political life? Zachary McCartney and Ben Peterson make a richly considered and theologically grounded case for the church as the archetypal polis: the political community of which all our other political communities are symbols.
One of my father’s favorite small adventures involves a peacock. One day about 75 years ago, his sister Janet came to get him to let him know that their peacock, Birdy, had been attacked by a dog, and was dying. George carefully collected Birdy and set him in some...
Martin Luther King, Jr.
King uses Jesus’ parable to convince his listeners that the disparity between fortune and misfortune is unjust and that they should work to bridge that gap. He charges that “Dives is the white man who refuses to cross the gulf of segregation and lift his Negro brother to the position of first class citizenship, because he thinks segregation is a part of the fixed structure of the universe.”
When Barth preached this sermon, he lived in troubled times. Our time, too, is one of trouble, albeit a different kind of trouble. As Barth reminds his listeners, trouble can lead to despondency: where ought we turn? We turn, he proclaims, to the God who helps. “God helps” is a truth that is both certain and practical. In all times, and all places, he is King, and he hears the weary. In the time where we “see only our affication and our sins . . . there and just there we shall see God.”
Pope Leo I
INTRODUCTION In times when corruption is rampant, institutions are crumbling around you, and danger is an ever present companion, Pope Leo the Great’s message is to remember charity as the truly Christian response. During the 5th century, Leo is supposed to have gone...
On Mother’s Day this year, my wife remarked to me how many people in our contemporary society need a mother figure in their lives. Ours is an extraordinarily alienated, lonely, and indeed, orphaned society. Rates of depression, suicide, and drug abuse are higher than...
Dan MacDonald explains that true fasting is a fasting of selfishness and comfort, sacrificing for the sake of those who need it.
Bishop Robert Barron
We need to work to discern his call through our deafness and the noise of our culture. God is not one voice among many, but a hidden and mysterious voice that is difficult to discern even in the best of conditions. We are called to listen closely for God’s voice and to look for the modern-day Samuels.
Thurman states that the family is an even better place to find the means to build personal and spiritual dignity and understand the common dignity of others. The whole human race is the family of God and wealth, status, health did not matter to Jesus. When the Gospel of Jesus is preached to all people it becomes a vehicle for social change.
Rachel Ringenberg Miller
Rachel Ringenberg Miller, pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, KS, offers an encouragement that the ethic of Jesus is an ongoing labor of love in the world, and that voting patterns are not the first or final word for Christian discipleship.
So many of us have felt dread, that inchoate sense that something isn’t quite right: not with our politics nor our country nor even, perhaps, our own souls. We don’t often have the language for that thing, whatever it is, but the inability to give that something a...
We are arguably living in the most polarized time since the Civil War. And what’s more, the particular variety of polarization that presently plagues our society is an especially nasty one. Two kinds of polarization are spiking: negative polarization—“It’s not that I...
John Jasper, prominent slave preacher and founder of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, gave this sermon in 1878. The dialect representations are part of the 1882 publication. This sermon was one of his landmark sermons. It is celebrated as one of the more powerful sermons in the early foundation of the Black Church in the American context.
In this sermon in the book of Amos, Russ preaches that it is never safe to ignore the work of justice, and that the American church has compromised its witness by doing so. He addresses the Hebrew word for “oppressed” and the accusations of “Marxism” it attracts, and admonishes us to respond to God’s prophetic word with self-abasement instead of self-defense. “The God who is Love is furious when the royal dignity of His image-bearers is disregarded and offended.” There is no greater wound you can inflict on a person who is suffering an injustice than to say that God has nothing to say about it.
St. John Chrysostom
This homily was preached by St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople in 399 following the fall from grace of the Imperial consul-eunuch Eutropius who sought to eliminate the right of sanctuary. Fleeing a mob seeking his life, Eutropius ironically finds sanctuary in the cathedral. St. John Chrysostom preaches this rhetorically brilliant homily which stands as both a condemnation of hypocrisy and mobs. Ultimately, it is a call to render mercy and forgiveness.