Daily Devotional for Small Group Discussion: Nonsense View in browser November 7, 2022 Nonsense Quinn Caldwell For we did not follow cleverly designed stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. – 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV) One of the surest signs … Read more

Sacrificial Love

Sacrificial Love View in browser November 6, 2022 Sacrificial Love Liz Miller Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NRSVUE) Last summer I toured Saint John’s Abbey Woodworking where a small team of craftsmen (mostly monks) build furniture they describe as sustainable, long-lasting, and … Read more

Lips Free

Lips Free View in browser November 5, 2022 Lips Free Martha Spong Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. – Psalm 17:1 (NRSVUE) Say what you will about David. He was a brave and beautiful giant-killer, a devoted friend, a heroic leader, … Read more

Shiny Red Apple

Shiny Red Apple View in browser November 4, 2022 Shiny Red Apple Kaji Douša “For each tree is known by its own fruit.” – Luke 6:44 (NRSV) You talk to people from just about anywhere other than here, and here’s what they will tell you about us in the U.S.: we don’t know how to … Read more

Called to Hope

Called to Hope View in browser November 3, 2022 Called to Hope Rachel Hackenberg I pray that the God of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which God has called you. – Ephesians 1:17-18a … Read more

A Song to Remember

A Song to Remember View in browser November 2, 2022 A Song to Remember Talitha Arnold With my voice I cry to the Lord; I tell my trouble before [the Lord]. – Psalm 142:1-2 (NRSV, excerpted) The New Revised Standard Version titles Psalm 142 “A Maskil of David. When he was in the Cave.” The … Read more

Holy Bothering

Holy Bothering View in browser November 1, 2022 Holy Bothering Matt Laney Jesus told a parable about the need to pray always and not lose heart. “There was a judge who respected neither God nor people. A widow kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while the judge refused; … Read more

Halloween is for Grown-Ups

Daily Devotional for Small Group Discussion: Halloween is for Grown-Ups View in browser October 31, 2022 Halloween is for Grown-Ups John Edgerton The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. – Isaiah … Read more

100 Poems

100 Poems View in browser October 30, 2022 100 Poems Molly Baskette Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52a (NRSV) Lewis is 99 years old, and he … Read more

Don’t Stop the Streaming

Don’t Stop the Streaming View in browser October 29, 2022 Don’t Stop the Streaming Lillian Daniel Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. – 1 John 3:2 (NRSV) As our churches return to in-person worship, I hear a common complaint about “all the missing people who have … Read more