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August 29 Edevotional

I’m borrowing this morning from Richard Rohr, for this word about grace. I need more grace in my life, less grief. Maybe you do, too? YHWH, YHWH, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and abounding in faithfulness. For the thousandth generation, YHWH maintains kindness, forgiving all your faults, transgressions, […]

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August 22 Edevotional

67So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6 This week we come to the end of John […]

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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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