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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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Obedience, Freedom, and Trust - June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

We have seen the candid laying of distress before the Lord in this psalm of lament; but in the last two verses, the psalm’s mood changes entirely. The psalmist may be...

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Obedience, Freedom, and Trust - June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020

“How long, O Lord?” Four times in the first two verses the psalmist cries out in distress to the Lord. He is beset by enemies. He feels that God has forgotten...

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Obedience, Freedom, and Trust - June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020

Christian tradition tends to emphasize the role of Isaac in the story. It is notable that Isaac willingly goes with his father. Even when he notices that there is wood, fire,...

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Obedience, Freedom, and Trust - June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

This story is one of the most meaningful and challenging stories in the Bible. It has been pondered by theologians, rabbis, pastors, and artists. Throughout this rich tradition, Jewish interpretations often...

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Seeing and Seeking - June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

If the beginning of today’s Gospel passage offers reassurance amid difficulty, the second half of the passage reads like the fine print on a contract. It reveals some difficult information: The...

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Seeing and Seeking - June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020

Sometimes reading the lectionary feels like picking up someone else’s library book by mistake and finding familiar words but an unfamiliar story. This week’s Gospel lesson is like that, a chunk...

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Seeing and Seeking - June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

How do we experience resurrection in our earthly life? We often think of our eternal life beginning when our mortal life ends. But Paul’s words in Romans 6 call us to...

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Seeing and Seeking - June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020

We refer to the writings of Paul as epistles—a literary form that uses a letter format. Paul’s epistles are meant as teaching tools to be read aloud in the early church....

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Seeing and Seeking - June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020

When I read psalms I often try to imagine who the narrator is and why he or she composed the psalm. Sometimes I imagine the psalmist as a liturgist, rousing a...

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Seeing and Seeking - June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

If we pivot our focus in this passage from the history of Israel—the formation of the covenant family—to read it as a story about spiritual formation, the symbols and textures emerge...

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