In our passage from Exodus, when Moses talks with the burning bush, he asks the fire about its identity, about how to tell others about who this is, what kind of deity could this be. “The God of your ancestors”—that who this is, the voice says to Moses. This weeks...
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...
In Berlin’s Zehlendorf district, there is a subway station named “Onkel Toms Hütte,” after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe, an ardent abolitionist, wrote the novel in 1852 as a manifesto against slavery. Twenty-two-year-old Berlin pro...
David M. Bailey
This past Christmas, my wife Joy and I hired my fourteen-year-old nephew to do some housecleaning and put up our Christmas tree. All was routine, when out of the blue, a loud crash reverberated through the walls. My nephew ran to the other room to see what it was...
Tara Isabella Burton
“A Good Party challenges us to know people anew, to come to know them within a setting where friendship, rather than formal status, is paramount.”
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...
This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. For the full experience, and to hear the heart behind the words, we encourage you to listen to the podcast episode here. --- When is the last time you were pushed by the hard knocks of reality to test your...
Leaders from two divided groups met 50 years after their conflict. They issued this preface and introduction, emphasizing the way in which public professions of faith and peacemaking go hand in hand: for the Anabaptists to credibly speak to its well-known peace witness, it must reconcile its own history.
Sir Robert Peel
These principles, attributed to the founder of London’s first modern police, were sent out in the “General Instructions” issued to every new member of the Metropolitan Police Force from its formation in 1829 onward.
Susannah Black, Jason Landsel
In 1844, in a field outside the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, a gang of young men showed up at a revival meeting, making trouble. The meeting’s organizers grew angry; the men – more than a hundred – redoubled their uproar. One of the meeting attendees, a...
To rebuild the public realm, we must reform the police; to do that, we should turn to the policing principles first set out in 1829 by Robert Peel: the “police” are just members of the public “who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
Pilgrim Marpeck, from “Men in Judgment and the Peasant Aristocracy,” 473-475, in The Writings of Pilgrim Marpeck (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1978). Pilgrim Marpeck joined the Anabaptists in Austria in 1528, in the region of Rattenberg and Triol, a region which had...
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon “A Knock at Midnight” addresses the need for all Christians to align their hearts to the work of God. The message from this sermon left many Christians living in America asking themselves about the purpose of religion in their everyday lives.
Justin Ariel Bailey
What is freedom for? In this sermon, Bailey unpacks the “fuller dimension of freedom” that directus us toward fidelity to the God of justice, righteousness, and liberation: a restoration of our creational purpose. While the church has not always lived up to this vision (and sometimes, as Bailey reminds us, miserably failed), this is still the call that God gives us. God calls us, once again, as those who have been mercifully and graciously welcomed into salvation, to follow him as the one who sets himself against the oppressive powers of the day to liberate his people, to root out idolatry and injustice, to live lives dedicated to Christ, the Lord over all. Our freedom as Christians is “always the freedom to serve, the freedom to sacrifice, the freedom to put others beforeo ourselves, the freedom to speak up for our neighbors and to lay down our lives for our enemies.”
In the middle of the twentieth century, American Christianity experienced a subtle but seismic shift. As sociologist Robert Wuthnow observed, where Christians had once distinguished themselves according to denominational identity, following the Second World War,...
Bishop Robert Barron
So many of our democratic principles are grounded in deeply religious principles: equality, freedom, the dignity of the individual. To see violent people invading the space historically opened up to debate the best ways to further these principles for the citizenry was both disturbing and unnerving. We all must engage in a national examination of conscience.