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Saints in Caesar’s Palace

Saints in Caesar’s Palace

By Dr. Leonard Lovett
May 2011

We are reminded that there were “saints in Caesar’s household.”  Philippians 4:22: “And all the other Christians send their greetings, too…especially those who work in Caesar’s palace.” Paul makes sure that the saints in the emperor’s palace are remembered. We can speculate that they may have been paid domestic servants, but the good news is the fact that they were in the house. Poverty has been defined by certain theorists as “loss of fate control,” i.e., the feeling that someone else is either directly or indirectly controlling one’s destiny. Poverty is structural, behavioral, and cultural.

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A God of Liberation

A God of Liberation

By Rev. Gary Cook
May 2011

The book of Exodus carries one of the most powerful stories of God’s lifesaving compassion. Throughout its early chapters, we read repeatedly of God’s distress at the injustice inflicted upon the Israelites: “I have observed the misery of my people …” God tells Moses. “Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them …” (Exodus 3:7-8).

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Doing the Work of Christmas

Doing the Work of Christmas

By Rev. Bob Terry
This article originally appeared in the January 2011.

Rev. Bob Terry reflects on how we can honor the spirit of Christmas now that its celebration is past.

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Am I Spending Myself?

Am I Spending Myself?

By Lynne Hybels
November 2010

Lynne Hybels reflects on what God is really asking us to do in Isaiah 58.

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‘The Little that Becomes Much’

‘The Little that Becomes Much’

By Monroe Saunders Jr.
This article originally appeared in the September 2010 Newsletter.

Monroe Saunders Jr., presiding bishop of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), on why impossible-seeming challenges give us opportunities to increase our faith.

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Faith in ‘Ordinary Time’

Faith in ‘Ordinary Time’

By Juan Luis Calderón, STL
This article originally appeared in the July - August 2010 Newsletter.

Juan Luis Calderón, of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, reflects on how looking with the eyes of the Spirit can turn hunger from an ordinary to an extraordinary state of affairs.

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Ending Extreme Poverty

Ending Extreme Poverty

By Mark Harrison
This article originally appeared in the June 2010 Newsletter.

Mark Harrison, director of the Peace with Justice Program of the United Methodist Church, reflects on how we can make a difference for people living in extreme poverty.

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Easter in a Good Friday World

Easter in a Good Friday World

By George E. Councell
This article originally appeared in the April - May 2010 Newsletter.

Rt. Rev. George E. Councell, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, reflects on Easter’s impact on our Good Friday world, a world that includes hunger.

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Bearing Witness to New Life

Bearing Witness to New Life

By Amy Gopp
This article originally appeared in the February - March 2010 Newsletter.

Amy Gopp reflects on Isaiah, drought, and bananas.

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New Resolve for a New Year

New Resolve for a New Year

By Daniel Doyle
This article originally appeared in the January 2010 Newsletter.

Daniel Doyle reflects on Jesus' commandment to love one another.

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