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The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

April 13, 2017

Talitha Arnold: Who Is Jesus?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

In his masterwork, 'Messiah,' George Frideric Handel pulled out all the stops with his 'Hallelujah Chorus.' From its first 'Hallelujah' to its last, the piece uses trumpets, timpani, every other instrument in the orchestra, and every voice in the chorus to proclaim the 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords.'
The Rev. Anthony Robinson Article

April 12, 2017

Tony Robinson: Pure Gospel

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

Is this Christian thing mainly about all the stuff we do or are supposed to do? Living in the right neighborhood, attending another meeting, serving another meal, writing a book, erecting a new building, enlisting in another cause, being perfect parents or flawless sons or daughters. Is that it?
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

April 10, 2017

ON Scripture: Only women should speak on Easter Sundays! (John 20:1-18) By Cláudio Carvalhaes

ON Scripture: The Bible

It’s resurrection Sunday. However, while Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, life out of death, this resurrection isn’t yet a reality for the vast majority of the world.
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

April 09, 2017

Talitha Arnold: The Strength of Repentance

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

There's power in repentance, if only because we don't have to spend all that energy hiding from ourselves or others, including God.
The Rev. Wayne Meisel Article

April 08, 2017

Wayne Meisel: The Myth of Trump Country: Repairing the Breach

The Rev. Wayne Meisel (PCUSA)

Yes, most of West Virginia voted for Trump. But the people there are more than who they voted for. What I realized was that I was part of vilifying an entire group people without understating that it was destroying myself. Article

April 07, 2017

David Crumm: Diana Butler Bass asks, ‘What if we’ve got the story wrong?’

What if we’ve been getting the story wrong? That’s the most provocative question historian, author and educator Diana Butler Bass asked a crowd at the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, across the street from the University of Michigan’s main campus.
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April 06, 2017

Jay Winter: The Crossed Hands of God--An Excerpt


April 6 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into WWI. This set of documents in this book describes facets of the First World War rarely addressed in American historical narratives. It covers the American involvement both in the fighting in northern France in the last five months of the war and as an occupying force in Germany in 1919. Article

April 05, 2017

David Crumm: What religion stories do we need to hear in 2017?

What religion stories are most important to lift up in 2017? What stories are under-covered in the media? Two of us at ReadTheSpirit participated in a global online forum sponsored by the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) asking for responses to those important questions. You’ll be intrigued and inspired to discover what reporters from the six continents had to say.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel Article

April 04, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Can You Stand Success?

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

There is a certain discipline that guides us through our struggles in life. Disciplines of study mark the student in pursuit of a degree. Disciplines of romance and affection guide the paramour in pursuit of a partner. Disciplines of practice and performance direct the athlete in pursuit of a championship.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

April 03, 2017

ON Scripture: Christianity’s First Hate Crime (Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11 (1-4), Matthew 26, 27) By Wendy Farley

ON Scripture: The Bible

The news these days suggests we are experiencing a rebirth – not of freedom – but of hatred and anxiety in our country. God created the world and loves humanity. Nothing, no person, no religion, no race, no ecosystem, no nation, no blade of grass was made without Word, Wisdom, Love. Humanity is all one in the eye of the divine, as a river is one though made of many countless drops of water.