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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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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 20, 2019

October 20, 2019

This parable is about persisting in prayer, yet its primary content reveals a longing for justice. The story calls us less to persistence as to a longing for justice, which is...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 19, 2019

October 19, 2019

How do you pray? What do you pray for? In what way? If I’m honest, my prayers are mostly a presentation to God of the list of things I want God...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019

The Bible can be funny. Take the judge in today’s parable. He “neither feared God nor had respect for people.” That is not surprising for a politician. The judge’s self-reflection surprises...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Its 176 verses say one thing over and over: the law is great. It is an acrostic poem, in which each letter...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019

As a member of Generation X, I often warn my baby boom generation colleagues against using sentimental language around “family” to describe the church. The baby boomers were the first to...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

The Bible rarely asserts its authority self-referentially. When it does, we should pay attention. Second Timothy promises that “all scripture is inspired by God.” The scripture Timothy refers to—the only scripture...

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Trajectory of Mercy and Justice - October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019

My teenager recently lost a tooth. He’s long past the age where he believes a tooth fairy will appear with money in exchange for his dental offerings, but he still put...

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Sustained in Exile - October 13, 2019

October 13, 2019

Jesus restores ten lepers to life and community. From their forced separation because of their disease, he gives them access again to their families. Only one, a Samaritan, a foreigner to...

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Sustained in Exile - October 12, 2019

October 12, 2019

Last fall I traveled with a group of colleagues from the Mayo Clinic to Rome and Assisi in Italy. Since an order of Franciscan sisters along with the Mayo brothers co-founded...

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The Wondrous Mystery

"If we are disciples of [Jesus'] life, we will above all be reconcilers, seeking always to bring together those who are estranged..." Read more.