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Author Molly T. Marshall

Molly T. Marshall is president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) in Shawnee, Kansas.

The lectionary readings for this coming Sunday offer stringent words about justice, and the people of God will be shaped by their response to the poor. “Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail. Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor” (Proverbs 22:8-9). […] Read More

I have taken notice of the subtle shifts in environment since I was last in the mountains of northern New Mexico during a recent weeklong Sabbath observance. Some may say that five years is much too short a time to measure; I was last here in 2010. True, but perhaps I am paying more attention […] Read More

The recent papal encyclical, subtitled “On Care for our Common Home,” invites the global church and other interested persons of good will to consider what is at stake in the deterioration of the environment, especially the human roots of the ecological crisis. The rich teaching tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, expressly drawing from the […] Read More

Transfiguration Sunday, celebrated Feb. 15 this year, concludes the season after the Epiphany, which is all about light – stunning, shimmering, flickering, blazing, sparkling, illuminating and revealing. God’s light has broken into the world in the person of Jesus, and we squint toward its brightness, seeking to perceive the profile of what we might become. […] Read More

The Gospel of Matthew devotes several chapters to Jesus’ prophecies and warnings about the coming reign of God. In Matthew 25:1-13, there is an amusing story of a late bridegroom, wise young women who had prepared for the unexpected, five who had not, and the calamity that befalls those who do not “keep awake.” The […] Read More

Few passages in the New Testament rival the great Christ hymn of Philippians, which offers a three-stage Christology: pre-existence, incarnation and exaltation. Theologians just love this kind of symmetry! In just a few verses of Philippians 2, Paul spells out the downward mobility of Jesus and invites us to embark on the same pathway. The […] Read More

The final scene in Luke’s Gospel is the blessing and departure of Jesus.  The ascension, celebrated this year on Sunday, June 1, concludes his earthly ministry. His disciples seem ready to proclaim the astounding news of his resurrection, having confirmed that he was really the one they had known prior to his death. The Mount […] Read More

On Sunday in Overland Park, Kan., a rabid anti-Semite, white supremacist drove into the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center with the intent to kill. And he succeeded. He shot a grandfather and grandson (thinking they were Jews, but actually Methodists), missed two others and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement center and […] Read More

As I write, images of the destruction in the Philippines are streaming around the world. They are incomprehensibly tragic and graphic – bodies thrown up into trees, dwellings washed away, infrastructures devastated. It is hard to fathom how such loss – at least 10,000 lives – can be absorbed in the national psyche as well […] Read More

The lectionary readings for this coming Sunday are bracing. They speak of destroyed cities, exilic experience and leadership failure. They sound much like the America many are enduring. Lamentations begins with this poignant description: “How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the […] Read More