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March 16, 2017

David Crumm: Dave Schmelzer on the revolutionary new Blue Ocean Faith

Five hundred years ago, Reformer Martin Luther nailed a manifesto for religious freedom on a church door in Germany and touched off a worldwide revolution in faith. In 2017, as we have reported, Germany is drawing pilgrims from around the world who are celebrating that anniversary. This is a timely moment for a new network of American men and women to follow Luther’s example—by publishing a manifesto calling for an end to barriers in religious life. That’s the hope of Dave Schmelzer and leaders in growing congregations from New England to southern California.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel Article

March 15, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: The Mercy Seat

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

The disastrous events of 1 Chronicles 21 begin with an ill-fated decision by King David to take a census of the Israeli troops. God was displeased because Israel's strength was not in a number; it was in a name—the name of the Lord God.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

March 13, 2017

ON Scripture: The Nasty Woman Who Persisted: The Samaritan Woman of John 4 (John 4:5-42) By Jaime Clark-Soles

ON Scripture: The Bible

This is a story about crossing borders of various kinds. It’s a story about a strong woman (who may not have felt strong) surviving and even thriving in a society that privileged male power. It’s about a woman who lived the International Women’s Day theme-- #BeBoldForChange.
The Rev. Emily C. Heath Article

March 12, 2017

Emily C. Heath: A Time for Something New

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

In the 1960's a band put the words of Ecclesiastes to music, and the world came to know them not so much as Scripture, but as song. Whenever I preach on this passage I see a faint look of recognition in the eyes of the congregation. And after church someone always says to me, 'I didn't know that was in the Bible . . . I thought it was just a song!'
The Rev. Anthony Robinson Article

March 11, 2017

Tony Robinson: Standing on the Promises

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

Psalm 91 is full of amazing promises. These promises are truly stirring. I can hear them set to music. In fact, I have heard them set to music.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Article

March 10, 2017

Frederick Schmidt: Lent is not a tightrope, it’s a journey.

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

Popular assumptions about Lent come from a variety of places. Some arise out of the historical excesses that have surfaced from time to time in the life of the church. Other assumptions about Lent arise out of misunderstandings or a lack of familiarity with Lenten observance.
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

March 09, 2017

Talitha Arnold: How Goes Your Soul?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

How is it with your soul today? That's the question John Wesley used two centuries ago when he developed a new way of being Christian, eventually called Methodism.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Article

March 08, 2017

Carol Howard Merritt: #Blessed

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

Will young men and women from middle and lower class backgrounds be pushed down with medical and educational debt? Will they see the military as the only option for education, health, and opportunity?
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

March 06, 2017

ON Scripture: A Holy Visitation (Matthew 17:1-9, John 3:1-17) By Rev. Cassandra A. Henderson

ON Scripture: The Bible

It almost seems contrary to consider the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17:1-9 as part of the journey in Lent. How does God’s breaking through time to reveal the prophets of old, Moses and Elijah connect to the solitude of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness?
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel Article

March 05, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Made to Rest

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

The image of the Energizer Bunny is cute when applied to batteries, but quite dangerous when applied to living creatures.