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Zephaniah is not one of the more popular baby names nowadays, yet it is an important name to remember in this season of Advent. The biblical prophet Zephaniah spent much of his time railing against the excesses of the nation. His teachings are structured around nine long teachings, or oracles, eight of which are laden […] Read More

What the “Christmas package” looks like each year is familiar. It is neatly wrapped in seasonal decorations, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, entertaining, a little time off from work and school, and religious services featuring music and drama. Slight changes in the wrapping occur from year to year, but for the most part the […] Read More

Ghandi famously said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” His words were both a compliment to Jesus and a recognition that our relationship to Jesus has been faulty, at best. The disparity between Jesus’ teachings and our lives raises the question: If we truly […] Read More

Injustice often goes unchallenged where access to legal advice is limited. Knowledge really is power in countries such as Mozambique and Uganda, but telling people they have rights is only half the battle. Making affordable legal services available is another challenge altogether. The Association of Mozambican Christian Lawyers (AMAC) and Ugandan Christian Lawyers Fraternity (UCLF) […] Read More

Angella nearly lost 18,000 Mozambican meticals (approximately $553), money that it took her years to save, when she tried to buy a piece of land. The original owner refused to give her the legal documents despite multiple requests for them. Eventually, she asked for her money back but he refused. Angella had no idea what […] Read More

I observed our congregation’s students standing attentively as they enthusiastically declared, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America” during Vacation Bible School. We often recite these words in classrooms and at civic gatherings. When we pronounce the pledge, is it merely an obligatory ritual or do we listen attentively to […] Read More

The Bible has quite a lot to say about food – who has it and who hasn’t, who deserves it and who doesn’t. The Bible, that most political collection of books, history, letters, speeches, prayers, prophetic oracles and stories, is positively stuffed with food and people who need it. From Cain and Abel and Jacob […] Read More

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released in 2009 by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds as medical advice suggested that he was dying of cancer. He had previously been convicted in 2001 of involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103. The transatlantic reaction was striking: most commentators were horrified and appalled by the release, […] 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

One voice that’s curiously absent from economic conversations among Christians today seems to be the apostle Paul’s. I’ve made a stab at correcting that in a new booklet, for I believe that Paul has something both unique and relevant to contribute to our thinking on economic issues. He was a manual worker who lived by […] Read More