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August 15 Edevotional

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.” What am I feeding my soul on? As I write this I’m seeing two squirrels outside the window, searching, eating, and digging holes to store some nut or seed. Jesus identifies himself as the bread of life. The first hearers of his statement are reminded […]

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August 8 Edevotionsl

Sometimes I can’t resist eavesdropping. While I was dining out on vacation, a family was talking about church. Not just generally, this family was comparing Holy Communion in different denominations. They mentioned the Catholic’s belief in transubstantiation (that bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Christ during Holy Communion). They felt that  […]

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August 1 Edevotional

Pastor Sherrie Lowly,  Northbrook UMC In a divisive time marked by theological and political crises, many people may be tempted to lament that Christianity ever “became political.” But that is to misdiagnose the errors too many of us have made. The problem isn’t that the church “became political.” After all, the gospel has always been political. […]

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July 25 Edevotional

This Sunday we begin a worship series around the theme of “Bread.” I am the bread of life; Bread for the World; Everyone who eats this bread will never be hungry. Bread becomes very important in our Scriptures, as an image, a metaphor, a reality, a symbol. I used to make bread. I loved the […]

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July 18 Edevotional

“I look to the church to remember that what the individual believes does not make a Christian, but baptism into a Christ-gathered community shaped by shared practices, among which is the practice of welcoming strangers.” (Brian Volck, “Silent Communion: The Prophetic Witness of the Profoundly Disabled”) I am pondering more on Lydia, the first Christian […]

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It is still summer!

PST: Contrary to what the stores are telling us, IT’S STILL SUMMER. For most people, the Fourth of July is a time of celebration with friends and family; a half way point through summer. But in the land of commercialism, it’s back to school time! School supplies fill the shelves, and Costco even has their […]

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July 11 Edevotional

We will be introduced to Lydia next Sunday as the fifth in our series, “Faces of Faith.” Lydia is known for her openness, her generosity, her radical hospitality. “Religion” etymologically means “binding again.” All the loose ends in our lives and in our relationships are re-bound, re-conciled, and given back to us; a gift, now […]

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July 4 Edevotional

  Last week I read Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, in preparation for Sunday’s sermon.  Mary Magdalene was our focus last Sunday for our sermon series, Faces of Our Faith. Bourgeault writes of the long-held deliberate agenda to minimize Mary Magdalene’s role as a […]

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June 27 Edevotional

“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had case out seven demons.” Mark 16:9 Our Face of Faith for this coming Sunday is Mary Magdalene. I wonder if Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene) made a little altar at the place where she heard and met the risen Jesus? I think that I might […]

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Listening

During the summer months, we have lots of trying times as parents, with all of the kids at home. We say that we just want them to listen to us. But what do we really mean by listening? In her sermon this past Sunday, Pastor Sherrie spoke of Deborah. She was in a place of power, unlike […]

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