True Love is Golden

Luke 6:27-31       Have you heard of the law of reciprocity? How about the golden ratio? In essence, the law of reciprocity is the social norm of responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. Reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more […]

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Reaching Outside the Lines

Luke 4:21-30      Dear Readers, Quick question, and please be honest. Are you hearing any prophetic words, seeing any prophetic justice-action these days that are reaching across lines of difference, welcoming the marginalized, and standing up to hate and injustice and privilege? Are you? If so, please share in the comments. And now…Luke’s version of Jesus’ […]

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Intimate Hearing, Radical Living

Luke 4:14-21   Echo [Ronin], a deaf superhero Hearing is one of our senses, along with seeing, tasting, smelling, and touching. Now, let me ask—how many of you are deaf or have a close family member or friend who is deaf? As a hearing person, I am amazed at how in tune deaf people are with […]

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Interfaith Immersion Day 4

Wednesday At noon we journeyed to Repair the World, The organization partners with local and community-based organizations like the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children and Broad Street Ministry as it seeks to build a kinder and more equitable city. Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and […]

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Love Builds Up

Mark 1:21-39 Let’s talk demons, afflictions, identity and love. Cool with you? Okay, first, a story about Jesus of Nazareth. He’s making his way to Capernaum–perhaps the most important and well-connected community in the region of Galilee. There was a temple there, and Jesus was about to darken its door. Mark’s Gospel is the speed […]

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Well Traveled

Matthew 5:1-10   Hey, how ya feelin’ today? Blessed? Are ya feelin’ blessed today? If you were to answer “yes” to that question, what does that mean, to be blessed? Let’s ask our friend the dictionary. First off, if this word is used as a verb, it is pronounced blest, with one syllable, i.e. “Before […]

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Emmanuel AME: Just Be. And Be Not Afraid

Mark 4:35-41 This is an excerpt from an article written for the Huffington Post by Rev. Otis Moss, III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The doors of the church are [still] open. The question running through the minds of many African Americans, particularly black church folks is where and when will […]

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Inner Peace and a Path

Isaiah 40:4-8, Psalm 85: 8, 10, 11, 13   This time of year, a second candle is lit and people speak an elusive word:  Peace.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure we are all that honest about this word. Do we really believe in peace? I mean, it certainly doesn’t seem like we believe in it. Otherwise, we […]

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Generosity Cannot be Measured

Matthew 20:1-16 I have mentioned before that four-year-olds ask the most questions…and constantly. Their brains are built to ask questions, and so they do. As we get older, though, for some reason, we ask less questions. And sadly, many of us stop asking questions altogether. But let’s not do that as we read scripture. Let’s […]

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