Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ
My old therapist claimed we tend to ask exactly the wrong questions of ourselves.
Today is the autumnal equinox.
Chartres in France employs a digital light show to express what divinity enters the important cathedral.
Do you ever feel underestimated?
Every so often someone will confide this to me: "I'm not sure I believe in God anymore..."
Jesus tells the Parable of the Lost Sheep to help us understand how precious we are to God: How the Good Shepherd cannot bear to lose even one beloved one to predators, thieves, lousy judgment, a poor sense of direction, or plain bad luck.
Anyone who has ever trained a puppy or raised a child knows the power of consistency in engraining new behaviors or habits in them.
Here's a story about words and deeds.
Chances are good that you've heard this verse, or a version of it, prayed before many a sermon.
Emily C. Heath
Earlier this year I had a health scare.
The Syrophoenician woman was bold to make her ask of him.
Everyone has their favorite scripture texts, and this is one of mine (along with "How long, O Lord?" from Psalm 13).
Jesus had just come out of the wilderness, called his first followers, and was in the middle of his first sermon in Capernaum.
Quinn G. Caldwell
Am I the only person who worries when the Bible says this type of airy fairy thing about the poor?
Richard L. Floyd
When the early church heard about the healings that Jesus had done, they understood them as signs that the long-awaited reign of God had begun in him.
When the cause of death is suicide, the living are left with the questions: Why? What did I miss? Could I have prevented it? Was it my fault? Was there a note left behind?
Kenneth L. Samuel
Almost daily now, our sensitivities and sensibilities are being assaulted with cascading reports of gun violence and human massacre, here and abroad.
"If this were our church," my copastor and I are fond of saying, "there would be more banjo."
We gather the children at the door on the first day of school – their faces shining or scowling, in new school clothes or tattered jeans, with fresh haircuts or last year's shag.
Are church buildings an asset or a liability?