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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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God Is at Work—Behind the Scenes - July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020

I remember a television drama in which a young man explained to his family why he liked a certain woman whom they did not like. He said, “Very few people really...

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God Is at Work—Behind the Scenes - July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020

Jacob has a strange and beautiful dream of angels going up and down a ladder reaching to heaven. Neither he nor anyone else had seen this when awake. The dream reveals...

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 12, 2020

July 12, 2020

The book of Romans impulsed Martin Luther to reform the church. John Wesley was reading Luther’s commentary on Romans when his heart was “strangely warmed.” In today’s reading, Paul struggles with...

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 11, 2020

July 11, 2020

The discovery of the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator was significant for my teaching career. It provided a typology for distinguishing diverse personalities based on the polarities of introversion/extroversion, intuition/sensing, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving....

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020

I find it meaningful to rename some of Jesus’ parables from the perspective of the giver rather than the recipient. It helps me to focus on the grace in each parable...

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020

There is something disconcerting about how many persons in scripture play favorites, even God. “Isaac loved Esau . . . but Rebekah loved Jacob.” God “had regard for Abel and his offering, but for...

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020

One of the saddest sins is boredom—taking things for granted. The cliché phrases are familiar: If you’ve seen one sunset, you have seen them all. Ocean, flowers, whatever. Been there, done...

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020

At the monastery, we pray all 150 psalms in a two-week cycle because they were Jesus’ hymnbook. Today’s psalm is terribly repetitious: Various phrases keep saying the same thing—be obedient, walk...

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Remembering and Pondering—Then and Now - July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020

Rebekah and Isaac were in love, but she was barren. Yet she was not unique; throughout scripture, key roles are played by women who are barren—Hannah the mother of Samuel the...

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