Preached January 19, 2014 at Duke University Chapel
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.”
More than any place I’ve ever lived, locals in San Antonio, Texas, tend to understand their city in terms of its four cardinal directions. News outlets here write the parts of town in title caps: North Side, South Side, West Side, East Side. Ask most people raised in...
We acknowledge also Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God We have said and acknowledge it is one, and apart from him there is none that remains of himself unchanging in his clarity and who lives for ever; for he is truth, and that is his name in all eternity....
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Preached at Second Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan in 1954
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...
We are entering a murky post-pandemic twilight in which the course of Christian wisdom is less clear. How might the virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude light our way?
Trapped within his own private reality, the vigilante can no longer be sure whether he is acting to vindicate the corrupted order of public justice or merely to achieve some private catharsis.
James K.A. Smith, Yuval Levin
James K.A. Smith: At the heart of your diagnosis is that we've got this contemporary penchant for nostalgia, which is a desire to return to some part of the twentieth century. Whether it's '63 or '83 or something like that, people have some golden age in mind. But...
Kevin den Dulk
My university (yes: by press time Calvin College will be a university) recently crafted an “educational framework.” Its purpose, as I understand it, is to “operationalize” our primary mission. Three of its four categories of goals—“faith,” “learning,” and...
We are living through times that often feel like one long commentary on Joni Mitchell’s line “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” From quotidian encounters on the street to public sacraments, hospitality in the flesh to basic truth-telling from our leaders,...
In August 1934, the Bruderhof informed the German government that it would refuse to participate in a mandatory national plebiscite to affirm Hitler’s regime. The group was already under constant police surveillance and had been raided twice by the SS. In the community’s worship meeting the Sunday before the vote, its pastor Eberhard Arnold gave the following address on the relation of church and state.
In this sermon in the book of Mark, Russ describes the Pharisees as the theological watchdogs of their day, protecting their faith from the corrupting influence of Greek culture. Drawing a parallel to the cultural and political divisions among American Christians, Russ calls listeners to consider how religious syncretism is obscuring our historic, Scriptural commitments of the faith. “It is to the shame of the American church that certain Christian commitments have become controversial.”
Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry Guidry
Speaking to the idea of God using shadows to dwell with us, Dr. Neichelle Guidry challenges the notion that shadows are only meant to oppress but God can use them to groom you and protect you. Dr. Guidry delivers a powerful sermon of affirmation to the oppressed speakers of the cloth and challenges those that stand in the way rather than gives a hand of support. Speaking for the voices who are hidden behind the shadow, Dr. Guidry’s sermon gives us an understanding that the shadow is not necessarily a negative idea because God works in the shadows. Sermon given on October 8, 2017 at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.
Pope Benedict XVI
In 2005 Benedict XVI was elected pope after the memorable and influential papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. In December of the first year in his papacy, Benedict, who had garnered a reputation for being stiff, distant, and academic in nature, surprised his critics with a deeply reflective and pastoral letter to the Church entitled, “God is Love”. In this encyclical letter, the holy father wished to prayerfully contemplate on God’s loving nature in a global context where the name of God was increasingly being invoked to justify hate, violence, terror, and division. What results is a deeply theological but accessible reflection on God and his relationship with humanity. This excerpt brings the profound meaning of scripture to bear in our own time as we increasingly face political polarization and fail to fully recognize the image and likeness of God inherent in our neighbor.
The fabric of common speech that binds us together is vulnerable… What recourse do we have when we face a breakdown in political discussion, when everyone speaks to themselves and nobody listens?