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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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Stories of the Spirit - May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

We often say that preaching should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. How often though do you think of the Spirit as the afflicter? We translate the Greek word Paraclete...

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Stories of the Spirit - May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024

Waiting is hard. Waiting for God is particularly difficult, especially as the whole of creation seems to groan in pain. We hear of violence, political unrest, and injustice all around us....

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Love That Heals - May 12, 2024

May 12, 2024

As I engage the world outside my parish, I often hear the stories of spiritually curious skeptics and those hostile to all things spiritual. Folks frequently say that what they see...

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Love That Heals - May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024

The word religion comes from a Latin root that means to bind or connect. This reconnecting seems at the heart of what Jesus desires as he prepares to finish the period...

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Love That Heals - May 10, 2024

May 10, 2024

I have long been a fan of the Wordsworth poem, “The World Is Too Much with Us.” We constantly feel the strain of what living in this world can do to...

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Love That Heals - May 9, 2024

May 9, 2024

Early in ministry, I worked with two young adult staffers, brilliant both in humor and intellect, who discovered a Jesus action figure in the church storage. Little Jesus got into all...

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Love That Heals - May 8, 2024

May 8, 2024

When deep betrayal and grief occur in a faith community, it can be difficult to decide how to respond. Any act of betrayal directly impacts some, but it also indirectly impacts...

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Love That Heals - May 7, 2024

May 7, 2024

Life in the community of faith isn’t easy. Following Jesus doesn’t make human beings less complicated. In fact, if anything, healthy spirituality points out more of our dysfunction as we become...

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Love That Heals - May 6, 2024

May 6, 2024

In a world that seems more and more committed to the notion of certainty—and more and more willing to do anything to get it—psalms like this one seem to be a...

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God’s New Ways - May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024

When I was ten, my older brother, who was twelve, taught me how to find the North Star. First find the Big Dipper, he would say, now follow a line from...

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