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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’s Coming Kingdom - December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019

A friend of mine told me how he almost quit his first pastorate. He found it hard to endure the seemingly petty complaints from his congregants. Members in the congregation threatened...

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God’s Coming Kingdom - December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

If I believed, as some social scientists do, that people are nothing more than what their past experiences have conditioned them to be, I would have to give up on efforts...

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God’s Coming Kingdom - December 9, 2019

December 9, 2019

Jews and Christians have this in common: Both await a glorious future with the coming of God’s Messiah. In Psalm 35 we get the good news that when that Messiah comes...

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The Peaceable Kingdom - December 8, 2019

December 8, 2019

A wild man in the wilderness probably does not come to mind for most of us when we think of preparing for Christmas. In the midst of hanging twinkling lights and...

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The Peaceable Kingdom - December 7, 2019

December 7, 2019

John the Baptist’s words in verse 7 strike out at the Pharisees and Sadducees of Matthew’s story with a quickness and venom fitting the snake imagery. Given only the scant background...

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The Peaceable Kingdom - December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

Welcome can feel like a familiar and comforting word. It appears on airport signs and doormats. We hang it on our walls and read it on websites. “Welcome home!” “We welcome...

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The Peaceable Kingdom - December 5, 2019

December 5, 2019

Do God’s promises offer lessons, or limits? The audience for this Romans passage, the early Christian community in Rome, is caught up in questions of identity and belonging; those from the...

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The Peaceable Kingdom - December 4, 2019

December 4, 2019

Although summer may seem like a distant memory and spring like a far-off promise during these early days of December in the global North, few things draw the mind as quickly...

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The Peaceable Kingdom - December 3, 2019

December 3, 2019

Imagine an ideal political leader or Supreme Court justice. What skills would he or she possess? What characteristics might be her trademarks? What might he wear? A belt of righteousness or...

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“I believe with all my heart that vulnerability and authenticity are the only way to find wholeness in Jesus Christ. … I believe in the holistic, healing love and salvation in Jesus Christ, who walks with us in the valleys and brings beauty from ash heaps again and again and again. I am here to tell you that I have been on the mountaintops and in the valleys, and I have discovered that we need a reset in our souls. We need to share stories so that others will too. When we’re free to be real, that’s when the real joy comes.” Read more.