Author Archives: Luke Bobo

God-Fearers Respond to Economic Injustice Promptly

Fear of God  The starting point for living a moral life begins with fearing God.   Fearing God does not mean having a boogeyman-type fear of God; nor does fearing God mean He is like Little Bunny Foo Foo, a rabbit … more »

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The Other Four Letter Word: Rest

I am busy “You look tired, Deacon Shannon.” “I am tired,” Shannon replied.  “I am very busy,” he added. This briefly captures my conversation with a brother at our church one Wednesday night.  (Earlier that evening, I noticed him dozing off … more »

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Thanksgiving Meditations: Thankful for Thank You Notes

Years ago, an American children’s program aired on Nickelodeon titled, “Blue’s Clues”. Blue’s Clues featured an animated blue-spotted dog named Blue.  The show’s innovative animation and production techniques helped their young viewers learn. The show was hosted by a live-action Steve … more »

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Thanksgiving Meditations: I Am Thankful

The phrase, “Give thanks” is stated or implied many times in Psalm 136. The Thanksgiving Holiday season is, naturally, a prime time to give thanks.  (However, for the Christian, the Thanksgiving season should be a year-round affair; that is, we always … more »

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Thanksgiving Meditations: Remembering and Thanking

My former pastor in St. Louis often said from the pulpit, “When I start thinking, I start praising God!”  I would like to propose a slight variation to this phrase: “When I start remembering, I start thanking God!” There is … more »

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Missio on Generosity: Vocational Clout for the Common Good

I participated in my very first “Locked In Solidarity” (LIS) on Thursday, February 11, 2016 (see #LIS16).  LIS is a national prayer vigil for the mass incarcerated.  Nearly forty people met in a small downtown Christ Community Church (Kansas City, … more »

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Missio on Generosity: Othering

A good friend and colleague, Dr. Esther Meek, taught me the importance of asking a stranger to relate his or her story.  When Meek meets a stranger she immediately requests, “Tell me your story.” Sometimes it appears people are waiting … more »

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Gleaning, Generosity, and Imaging God

Misfortune Strikes The book of Ruth is a great example of reversal, of tables turning in favor of God’s people. Speaking of God, He is clearly at the controls.  That is, God is clearly orchestrating the events of this love … more »

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Redeeming Vocation: Shutting Down “Underground Economies”

Although the word, ‘covenant,’ is not spoken in Genesis 1-2, all the elements of a covenant are present – showing that God entered into a covenantal relationship with Adam and Eve. It was a covenant that God initiated.  In response … more »

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