The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: 'Depart from me, all you workers of evil'

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord accepts my prayer.

- Psalm 6:8-9

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Voice of the Day: Marian Wright Edelman

So many people feel so overwhelmed and disempowered by the stresses of modern life that they convince themselves they can't make a difference. So they don't even try. They bury their talents in the ground and let their spirits wither on the vine of life. I hope they will bestir themselves at least to say every day as an anonymous old man did: "I don't have the answers, life is not easy, but my heart is in the right place."

- Marian Wright Edelman
Guide My Feet

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Verse of the Day:

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."

- Romans 15:1-3

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Voice of the Day: James Agee

In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him [or her], too, once more, and each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life.

- James Agee
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

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Verse of the Day: Slave of Christ

For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters.

- 1 Corinthians 7:22-23

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Voice of the Day: Walter Harrelson

Israel is to make no image of Yahweh, but Israel is to be such an image of God in the world.... We should note, however, that human beings represent God's cause in the world not primarily in spiritual ways but in very concrete and practical ones. They represent God's concern for a clean and beautiful earth, a productive earth, one filled with the full variety of the creatures called into being at the Creation. They represent God's concern for the sharing of the goods of earth in a tolerably [...]

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Verse of the Day: Passing Judgement

Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, "We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth." Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do [...]

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Voice of the Day: On Idolatry

Idolatry is the practice of ascribing absolute value to things of relative worth. Under certain circumstances money, patriotism, sexual freedom, moral principles, family loyalty, physical health, social or intellectual preeminence, and so on are fine things to have around, but to make them the standard by which all other values are measured, to make them your masters, to look to them to justify your life and save your soul is sheerest folly.

- Frederick Buechner
Wishful [...]

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Voice of the Day: Sidney Callahan

Knowing one's self, finding one's self, and expending one's self for another are intertwined activities. Love of self, love of God, and love of neighbor are interdependent.

- Sidney Callahan
With All Our Heart and Mind

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Verse of the Day: Release to the Sword

You yourselves recently repented and did what was right in my sight by proclaiming liberty to one another, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name; but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back your male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them again into subjection to be your slaves. Therefore, thus says the Lord: You have not obeyed me by granting a release to your neighbors and [...]

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