Don’t Fillet the Fish

Don’t Fillet the Fish View in browser November 20, 2023 Don’t Fillet the Fish   Mary Luti “Follow me, I will make you fish for people.” – Matthew 4:19 (NRSVUE)   A lovely man in a church I briefly served was an astoundingly literal soul. Jesus’ metaphors confounded him. He was especially confused by “fishing … Read more

Golden Calves

Golden Calves View in browser November 19, 2023 Golden Calves   Donna Schaper And the Lord smote them for what they did with the calf Aaron had built. – Exodus 32:35 (NASB)    On September 17, 2011, a bright gold papier-mâché calf, formed in the shape of the Wall Street bull, marched down Wall Street, … Read more

Night Bloom

Night Bloom View in browser November 18, 2023 Night Bloom   Kenneth Samuel “Watchman, how much longer until morning? When will the night be over?” – Isaiah 21:11 (NLT)   Darkness suffers from bad PR.   Images of fresh vitality and renewed vigor come with the morning light, while the night conjures voids of cheerful … Read more

Snares of Our Own Making

Snares of Our Own Making View in browser November 17, 2023 Snares of Our Own Making   Martha Spong We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. – Psalm 124:7 (NRSVue)     Nothing prepares us for the shock of betrayal, even when we … Read more

Your Days Are Numbered

Your Days Are Numbered View in browser November 16, 2023 Your Days Are Numbered   Vince Amlin Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God… A thousand years in your sight are like a … Read more


Wrong View in browser November 15, 2023 Wrong   Quinn G. Caldwell “Then the sign of the Son of Humanity will appear in heaven … and they will see ‘the Son of Humanity coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’ Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until … Read more

Be Now Our Vision

Be Now Our Vision View in browser November 14, 2023 Be Now Our Vision   Talitha Arnold And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and his sight was restored. – Acts 9:18 (NRSV)   If only it were that easy. Or that final. If only it was a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. A one-time need … Read more

Stop the Clocks

Stop the Clocks View in browser November 13, 2023 Stop the Clocks   Rachel Hackenberg Joshua said in the sight of the people, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.” And the sun stopped in mid-heaven and did not hurry to set for a whole day. There has been no … Read more

Confessions of a Control Freak

Confessions of a Control Freak View in browser November 12, 2023 Confessions of a Control Freak   Julie Payne Britton The sparrow has found its home at last, the swallow a nest for its young on your altars, YHWH Sabaoth, My Sovereign, my God! – Psalm 84:3 (Inclusive Bible)    I’m one of those people … Read more

To the Musician: Diss Track

To the Musician: Diss Track View in browser November 11, 2023 To the Musician: Diss Track   Chris Mereschuk Let those who seek my life be ashamed and humiliated! Let them fall back and be disgraced—those people who delight in my downfall! Let those who say, “Aha! Aha!” stop because of their shameful behavior. – … Read more