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Neighborliness

Some of us admirably keep the greatest commandments – loving God and loving your neighbor – but most of us fail to do these Christian ethics. Loving your neighbor means more than being neighborly. It’s hard but not impossible. […] Read More

We live in a time when the greed to produce outweighs the desperate needs of the environment and the dignity of the most vulnerable. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. And the Earth is our neighbor. […] Read More

With Tax Day looming, U.S. citizens across the country are thinking a lot about taxes. While writing that check to the IRS is a chore many do begrudgingly, remember that paying taxes is a way to show you love your neighbor. […] Read More

With anti-Muslim attacks on the rise in the U.S., Christians must offer a more loving way by unconditionally extending radical hospitality to all people of all faiths, in all places, at all times, throughout all of creation. […] Read More

After the March 15 attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead, I visited our local mosque and sat down with some of my Muslim neighbors as they processed their grief. It was a long overdue visit. […] Read More

When Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, he is urging us to nurture our innate, neurological capacity for empathy. However, when it comes to those who aren’t like us, many of us resist this innate ability. […] Read More

As so many of us live so much of our lives elsewhere, including virtually elsewhere, it’s easy to not notice the people who live closest to us. How invested are you in your community and your neighborhood? […] Read More

The two most generous nations are Indonesia and Australia, says a survey of adults, who were asked how often they donated money, volunteered their time or helped a stranger. […] Read More

Our nation is like a patchwork tapestry. Its beauty derives from its various colors and shapes, but common threads unite its form. While our nation frays at the seams, the common thread to knit us together is neighborliness. […] Read More

I’ve preached a lot of sermons on or around the theme of love – love of God and love of neighbor. But I’ve never preached on hate. My friend, Stuart Blythe, rector of International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, raised this homiletical oddity recently. His comments raised for me several considerations. Given that […] Read More