The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Voice of the Day: On Relationships

We live today in a world of growing isolation, frantic activity, and desperate violence, where paradoxically, we find ourselves longing for both solitude and companionship, intimacy and community. Some of us may look back to times when life seemed to make sense and relationships were more certain. Whether or not such times ever existed, we nevertheless long today for relationships that acknowledge who we are and who we want to be. We want someone to hear us, to hear our hearts beating, to hear [...]

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Verse of the Day: On Good and Evil

Ah, you who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes,
and shrewd in your own sight!
Ah, you who are heroes in drinking wine
and valiant at mixing drink,
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of their rights!

- Isaiah 5:20-23

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Voice of the Day: God's City

Though it hardly seems possible now, we cling to the hope that God's City will be established in the gift of the new heavens and the new earth. Our work is to live by the customs of the new City before it has fully come to be. In this way, the church draws the world to God. We hold forth not a condemning, but a welcoming word. All nations are invited to come to this City. And the quality of our interactions as a community will be a stronger witness than our words. The vibrancy of our worship [...]

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Voice of the Day: 'cast our awful solemnity to the winds'

For the world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity, and despair. But it doesn not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed, we [...]

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Verse of the Day: On Human Authority

But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority"

- Acts 5:29

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Verse of the Day: On Cleanliness

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.

- Matthew [...]

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Voice of the Day: Storey On Love and Forgiveness

Many find Jesus' teaching on enemy love and forgiveness a stumbling block to faith. Because we find it too difficult to practice, we dismiss it as unrealistic and utopian. We should think again, and we should pray that it is not unrealistic, because this congruence of Jesus-the consistency between his teaching on forgiveness and his action on the cross-is really our only hope. It is all that stands between us and the consequences of our monumental frailty. Thank God today that Jesus died as he [...]

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Verse of the Day: The Wise and the Fool

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

- Ecclesiastes 7:5-5

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Voice of the Day: Ripple On Love

Jesus reassures us that every effort to love ourselves and others more faithfully, however imperfectly we are able to do this, is a response to God's call to love as he loved. It is a response to the two greatest commandments as they stand in relationship to one another

- Paula Ripple
Called to Be Friends

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Verse of the Day: 'Enter through the narrow gate'

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

- Matthew 7:13-14

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