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February 2, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The kind of fasting God desires

One of the ministries our church supports is Isaiah 58. This ministry, originally started by Ray and Linda Labbe over 20 years ago, consists of volunteers who prepare food and drive it to New Britain in a big blue van to serve the hungry and homeless every Saturday (except the first Saturday of the month), while sharing the gospel and love of Christ with them. The name of the ministry comes from God’s words to the prophet Isaiah about fasting and justice. In this passage, the Israelites complain that God is not responding to their fasting and pursuit of God. God’s reply is that while they are fasting by the letter of the law, in that they are abstaining from food, they are simultaneously exploiting their workers and treating each other with violence while they fast. God exhorts them that true fasting should involve not only abstaining from food or humbling oneself, but also seeking justice and sharing with the hungry and needy....Keep Reading

Posted in: Justice Tags: Fasting, Justice

November 10, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How to help without hurting

Over the next few weeks, our church will join with other area churches in collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Hartford City Mission Noah Christmas Store. The Noah Christmas Store is a store for parents of children in Hartford City Mission programs, where they can buy toys at a minimal “suggested donation” cost for their children for Christmas. In the Hartford City Mission flyer promoting this event to churches, they use the word “dignity” in describing what this opportunity affords low-income parents. It is worth reflecting on what that means....Keep Reading

Posted in: Justice Tags: Giving, Poverty

June 23, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Racism and the gospel of equality

Last Wednesday evening, as you all undoubtedly know by now, nine of our Christian brothers and sisters were killed in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, one of the oldest African-American churches in the country. This past Sunday, as I was preaching on the story of Onesimus, the runaway slave, and Paul’s letter to his slave owner Philemon, urging him to forgive Onesimus and to welcome him back as a brother, I was reminded of Galatians 3:28. In that passage, Paul declares that all racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic barriers have come down in Christ, so that all are brothers and sisters. The church, according to Paul, and as demonstrated in the story of Philemon and Onesimus, is to be a place of radical equality, where a slave might worship alongside his master, men praying next to women, and different races lifting up their hands together in worship of their great God. This truth, of course, makes what happened last Wednesday all the more egregious. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Justice Tags: Charleston, racism

August 28, 2013 by Eric Stillman 1 comments

I have a dream, 50 years later

As I ease back into work from my vacation, instead of writing something original, I thought it would be fitting on this 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s ‘œI have a dream‘ speech to encourage you to watch the video of that speech here. While the integration and justice that Dr. King spoke of that day in Washington has certainly come a long way in the past 50 years, it is worth reflecting on a personal level how you are doing with building the kind of brotherhood or sisterhood Dr. King spoke of with people of different races and cultural backgrounds....Keep Reading

Posted in: Justice Tags: Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream