Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
Most people can't stand criticism, much less persecution.
"We can't do this . . . we don't have the money."
Richard L. Floyd
The affection and intimacy Jesus had for his disciples offers a model of friendship that is in contrast to much of what passes for friendship in our time.
Martin B. Copenhaver
In the last decade or so of my father's life he developed an interest in wine.
John A. Nelson
In a preaching conference, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long told about the time he was approached by a parishioner with an interest in contemporary church music: "Could we start a praise band?" Dr. Long replied, "Sure, as long as we start a lament band, too."
I do whatever I can to avoid talking about sex in church.
The 1843 children's board game The Mansion of Happiness used a sixty-seven space spiral track to teach children the various Christian virtues and vices.
This "savior" stuff doesn't come naturally to our contemporary, self-reliant, "can-do" culture.
Brownsville, Texas is home to one of the most famous birdwatching spots in the country.
Leaning in to God's plan for me isn't always easy because I am a control freak.
In early 1993 a large group of Guatemalans, after nearly ten years of exile, had negotiated a return to their homeland.
Quinn G. Caldwell
I used to scoff, pretty hardcore, at certain ways of reading the Song of Songs.
We may not admit it, or even know it, but most of us harbor fixed notions about what a real Christian is like, or a perfect parent, or an ideal pastor, or a good citizen.
What's your favorite verse or story in the Bible?
Being parented is difficult.
If you've spent any time in museums or wandered wide-eyed through an ancient city, you know how it goes.
The old coach had been invited to give the high school commencement speech.
Richard L. Floyd
On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his State of the Union address, which became known as the "Four Freedoms Speech."
On this Eve of Independence Day and its celebration of freedom, today's Psalm instead praises a restriction on freedom, i.e. God's law.
Things were different, she noticed. "His bones hurt," her son told her.