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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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Journeying by Stages - March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

The week I sat down to write these meditations, a friend told me about Lauren Daigle’s album Look Up Child. I was struck by her soulful voice, profound lyrics, and storytelling...

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020

I find Nicodemus a fascinating character. John describes him as “a leader of the Jews.” Judging by the three incidents in which he appears, he is a person of considerable influence....

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 7, 2020

March 7, 2020

One summer Sunday morning, the nine-person choir moved to the center of the chancel in our Maine island Methodist chapel, and the piano sounded the opening chords of John Stainer’s “God...

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

Almost thirty years ago I stood in Martin Luther’s study room, high in the Wartburg Castle, in the German state of Thuringia. On the wall was the famous ink stain, said...

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020

One of the highest privileges of my life’s vocation as a minister is that of being present with people at the key moments of their lives. “Hatch, Match, and Dispatch”—an in-joke...

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

Now that we are retired, my wife, Mhairi, and I spend the summer months in our log cabin retreat on an island off the Maine coast. The cabin perches high above...

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020

Immigrants seem to be at the center of attention these days, not only in my country but across the globe. When I read God’s words to Abram, “Go from your country...

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A Blessing in God’s World - March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020

“The Turning Point.” That’s what these verses might be called. Or “The Crossroads.” Until this point, things have gone steadily downhill. Our story, this scriptural history of humankind—the forbidden fruit in...

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The Turning - March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020

The account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness has been proclaimed on the first Sunday of Lent in Christian communities worldwide from as early as the fourth century. It impresses on...

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The Turning - February 29, 2020

February 29, 2020

In his “Spiritual Exercises,” sixteenth-century Basque soldier-turned-religious-seeker Ignatius of Loyola lays out a series of meditative practices focused on the life of Christ and designed to focus a person’s external and...

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