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The compassion of a Christian nun showed me the importance of kindness across faiths. Without interfaith relationships and dialogue, we cannot as a society hope to attain justice, peace and the common good of all. […] Read More

We often see those with different political, social or religious views as misguided at best and evil personified at worst. What we need this holiday season is to put into practice this word. […] Read More

While news of reprehensible things still shocks and unsettles most of us, we are undergoing a public desensitization, which will result in our merely noting, not decrying and crying over, these awful things. Lord, have mercy. […] Read More

Imam Imad Enchassi survived a massacre led by Christian extremists in Beirut in 1982. A new short documentary from tells how mercy shaped the Oklahoma imam’s life. […] Read More

Every adult knows the value of neighbors. Good ones make life better. Jesus has a different view of a good neighbor. It’s anyone who helps someone in need, who shows mercy. Like Larry. […] Read More

Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor. Here’s how Bryan Stevenson, in his book, “Just Mercy,” teases out that danger: “I’ve come to believe that […] Read More

Among the Ten Commandments, one begins with the word “remember”: “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day” (Exodus 20:8). It reminds us to recall something we already know. There are commandments of mercy written into our very DNA. We already know them, but we need to remember them more explicitly. What are they? Here are […] Read More

How can a congregation be “salt” and “light” in ways that help people in need without creating dependency? I had a fascinating conversation recently about this question with some folks who are trying hard to understand how their downtown church can positively impact its community and region. They’re compassionate and generous people who genuinely want […] Read More

I sat for a while on a bench near the Asheville, North Carolina, courthouse after a long walk around town late one afternoon. Almost directly in front of me on the stone-paved area in front of the amphitheater stage was a group of five younger adults—three men and two women—and two good-sized dogs, both adorable […] Read More

Sinner’s Prayer

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on October 27, 2013. Luke 18:9-14 Imagine Jesus was here at UBC this morning, and imagine him telling this story: Once upon a time – well closer to the year 2008 – on a sunny and cold December morning, three individuals walked up the […] Read More