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The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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Stories of the Spirit - May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024

I sometimes wonder if we focus so much on the bewilderment and amazement of the crowd at Pentecost that we do not contemplate the effect of the Spirit on the early...

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Stories of the Spirit - May 17, 2024

May 17, 2024

In wisdom you have made them all.” This psalm sings to me of the diversity of creation and the diversity and inclusiveness of Pentecost. Everything and everyone created by God is...

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Stories of the Spirit - May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

Whenever I read this portion of John’s Gospel, I try to put myself in the shoes of the disciples. Jesus has been saying good-bye for a while. How frightful it must...

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Stories of the Spirit - May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

The psalmist says God “touches the mountains and they smoke.” I grew up at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and we often visited the Great Smoky Mountains along the...

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Stories of the Spirit - May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

We often say that preaching should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. How often though do you think of the Spirit as the afflicter? We translate the Greek word Paraclete...

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Stories of the Spirit - May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024

Waiting is hard. Waiting for God is particularly difficult, especially as the whole of creation seems to groan in pain. We hear of violence, political unrest, and injustice all around us....

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Love That Heals - May 12, 2024

May 12, 2024

As I engage the world outside my parish, I often hear the stories of spiritually curious skeptics and those hostile to all things spiritual. Folks frequently say that what they see...

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Love That Heals - May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024

The word religion comes from a Latin root that means to bind or connect. This reconnecting seems at the heart of what Jesus desires as he prepares to finish the period...

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Love That Heals - May 10, 2024

May 10, 2024

I have long been a fan of the Wordsworth poem, “The World Is Too Much with Us.” We constantly feel the strain of what living in this world can do to...

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