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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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The Path of Discipleship - June 25, 2022

June 25, 2022

I can never read this text without my anger showing toward Jesus. The disciple can’t pause long enough to bury his father?! Doesn’t discipleship include the work of burying the dead?...

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The Path of Discipleship - June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

A dozen years ago, I stood on the hillside of the village of Sarra in the West Bank. I was there with Meta Peace Team doing third-party nonviolent intervention. The Israeli...

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The Path of Discipleship - June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

When I see terms like “flesh” and “sexual immorality,” my stomach tightens and grief rises in my throat. I know I’m entering scriptural territory that has been used for generations to...

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The Path of Discipleship - June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

Amid the cries to God, the land rises up. The elements come alive as signs of the intimate connection between Creator and creation. The waters tremble, and the skies echo God’s...

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The Path of Discipleship - June 21, 2022

June 21, 2022

The story of Elijah and Elisha illuminates the intergenerational nature of our work and faith. The Spirit moves through us from generation to generation. Mentorship is offered. Leadership transitions. We too...

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The Path of Discipleship - June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022

Stories have the power to help us see another way, to shake up our imaginations, and even to transform our lives. I give thanks for being able to hold this sacred...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 19, 2022

June 19, 2022

Can the demon of racism be dislodged in an instant? A Birmingham pastor said yes. While watching a young couple unload their car on the street across from his church, he...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 18, 2022

June 18, 2022

After my Army reservist dad visited a Maine church one summer Sunday during a two-week reserve hitch, he was followed to the parking lot by several church trustees who warned him...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

Kalief Browder never should have been locked up. At age 16 he was jailed on charges he stole a backpack because his parents couldn’t pay his $3,000 cash bail. Without ever...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022

As the only Black student in my high school graduating class, I was accustomed to occasional snubs. Thus, at a recent class reunion, some who shunned me in high school did...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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