Matthew Desmond Talks About the Church’s Response to Housing Instability

“Matthew Desmond Talks About the Church’s Response to Housing Instability,” an interview with the Pulitzer winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Betsy Shirley from Sojourners (June 2017). Desmond says, “What can people who have experienced eviction teach the church? I think that they can teach about how much human […]

Through an Astronaut’s Eyes: What We Learn about Earth from Space

“Through an Astronaut’s Eyes: What We Learn about Earth from Space” by Manuel Canales, Matthew W. Chwastyk, and Eve Conant from “One Strange Rock: 13 Things that Make Life on Earth Possible” in National Geographic (April 2018). “. . . our planet is flush with life . . . thanks to the fortuitous set of […]

Life App for the Week of the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/9/18 to 8/15/18

A way to live a mission field of the wider world: Be ready to work with people of any faith who want healing for the world.  Based on Mark 7:24-37 (see retelling below in the present tense); a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/9/18.  Jesus is […]

Life App for the Week of the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/26/18 to 9/1/18  

A way to live the mission field of the wider world: See the world as where God feeds everyone with power to live more lovingly and justly; therefore, all can expect to grow in being more loving and just every day.   Based on John 6:56-69 (see a retelling below); a reading that comes from […]

Selling the Protected Area Myth

Wider World–Focus on mission in the wider world using “Selling the Protected Area Myth” by Richard Coniff, a contributing opinion writer, in The New York Times, 6/10/18.  “[Change] will at times entail setting aside our profits and our precious convenience . . . But the alternative is to spend our lives in a world increasingly without […]

Defenders of the Faith in Government

Wider World—”Defenders of the Faith in Government” by the Editorial Board, Sunday Review, the New York Times, May 27, 2017.  “Americans wonder why anyone would join such a government.  Better to ask how to encourage the best to stay, and persuade a new generation that there’s never been a more important time to sign up.”  […]

Life App for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, 7/22/18 to 7/28/18

[The writer is away but will return next week.  Write your own life; hints follow.] Read Mark 6:30-34; 53-56 in your favorite translation or in the The Message by Eugene Peterson.  Meditate, before and after you read, about your life app in this week’s mission field of the wider world (from living with current social […]

Life App for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 6/3/18 to 6/9/18 

A way to live a mission in the wider world: Change laws that work hardships on other people  Based on Mark 2:23—3-6 (see retelling below); a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 6/3/18.  [Mark tells two stories from Jesus’ early ministry of his conflict with the religious […]

Life App for the week of the Third Sunday in Lent, 3/4/18 to 3/10/17

A way to live a mission in the wider world:    Be ready to change destructive ways of life for ways that build life up—with God’s help.    Based on John 2:13-22    A way to live a mission in the wider world based on John 2:13-22, a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for […]

Life App for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany 1/14/18 to 1/20/18

A way to live a mission in the wider world;  Count on God to help you to improve the world in some particular way that you see is needed.  Based on John 1:43-51  A way to live a mission in the wider world based on John 1:43-51, a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for […]