E-Devotional

March 28 Edevotional – Holy Week

From Ash Wednesday to Holy Week Wednesday. It is quite a journey. In a few days we will again sit at a body of ashes, of grief and despair, where hope has seemed to disappear into violence and death. Yet the words of one of our youngest at our Ash Wednesday gathering in the middle […]

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March 21 Edevotional

This last week of Lent and I’m thinking quite a bit about peace, the peace of God that passes all understanding. Peace does not come easily, neither in my own heart, in relationship with my neighbors, within our United Methodist Church, nor in relationships between states or nations. Though we can only begin, and perhaps […]

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March 14 Edevotional

Many high-school students will be walking out of their classrooms this morning, 10 a.m., to gather for 17 minutes of silence in honor and memory of fellow students in Parkland, Florida, shot and killed. I will be gathering at the Peace Park in Northbrook with other clergy and lay-folks in support of the students walk-out. […]

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March 7 Edevotional

Psalm 107 is a litany of stories, recounting desperate circumstances of danger, of extreme hunger and thirst, of injustice and oppression, of work and vocation turned sour. In each small story, there is a crying out to God, and God’s response. For some of us, reading this Psalm may lead us to think and believe […]

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February 28 Edevotional

The gift of Sabbath as a holy resistance to the culture of NOW, of productivity and competition is our theme for these weeks of Lent. I invite us to think for a moment, also, about the politics of Sabbath-keeping. Capitalism and work, and the political power that gathers around them, are eroding the concept of […]

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February 21 Edevotional

The God of the Universe models observing a Sabbath in our story of Creation! Amazing. The God of the Universe, of all that is, commands us over and over to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy, sacred, set apart. I am learning that it is in keeping that holy sphere of inactivity, that […]

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February 14 Edevotional

It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a 40 day journey of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter. It’s also Valentines Day, a celebration of love. My friend, colleague, and mentor, Rev. Bonnie Beckonchrist recently posted this on her Facebook page: Folks are again preparing to start the season of Lent with the traditional […]

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February 7 Edevotional

I often wake up in the morning with a song playing on repeat in my head. It’s often a hymn, a result, I believe, of having grown up in a church where the Psalter Hymnal was our only song book. This morning the song is, “Jesus calls us, o’er the tumult, of our life’s wild, […]

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January 31 Edevotional

“Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.” “Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!” The unclean spirit […]

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E-devotion, January 24, 2018

“After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, ‘Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!’” Mark 1:14 and 15 Where is, what is God’s kingdom? What was Jesus announcing, “Here comes God’s kingdom!” Other Jesus’ teachings give us lots […]

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