Not in my neighborhood!
Sometimes we may be willing to support good works as long as they are not set up in our neighborhood. It may be true that property value plummets when someone opens a halfway house or a hospice around the corner. This decline in value may also happen when the owners of that trendy ethnic restaurant move into the house next door. It is possible for us to agree that people have a right to live and prosper and receive the care that they need. But does this have to happen in our neighborhood?
Theme: Jesus lifts us up
A popular connotation of the word prophet is one who foretells the future; not so, the prophets of the Bible. Walter Brueggemann is a scripture scholar whose primary work is in the prophetic literature, and he describes a prophet in this way: