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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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Latest Disciplines Devotions

Worthy of the Gospel - September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

This selection from Psalm 105 includes the story of “bread from heaven” that we read in Exodus. When comparing this psalm to the version of the story in Exodus, the differences...

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Worthy of the Gospel - September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Read Exodus 16:12 a few times. How do you hear God’s voice? Aggravated, almost threatening? “I heard that! Here, take this and keep quiet!” Or gentle and promising? “Yes, children, I...

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Worthy of the Gospel - September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

“If only we had died . . . in the land of Egypt, when we . . . ate our fill of bread.” When we go through liberating change, we may feel that the grass...

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Worthy of the Gospel - September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

If the parable of the workers presents God’s grace in a story with surprising social contours, it fits well with what precedes it. In Matthew 19, Jesus overturns expectations about family...

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Worthy of the Gospel - September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

The parable of the workers in the vineyard appears to take place in the familiar world of workers, bosses, and paychecks—including the perhaps all-too-familiar world of subsistence wages. But don’t let...

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Worthy of the Gospel - September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

“Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” Paul exhorts his Philippian readers. He encourages them to live in a way that reflects the good news of...

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Repairing the Story - September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020

I do not know the back story of the characters in this parable. However, key words and phrases catch me: slave (which is servant or bondsman in other translations), ten thousand...

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Repairing the Story - September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020

In different parts of Africa, you will find a Palaver tree. It’s usually large with spreading branches to shelter and shade those who gather below it, making it a tree central...

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Repairing the Story - September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020

I enter this text as a vegetarian. My spouse, whom I typically adore and highly respect, is an omnivore—an eater of all foods. For almost thirty years we’ve practiced living, hosting,...

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

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