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February 13, 2018

John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan: In the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus


In April of 2012, we are in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus to visit a series of frescoed churches from the 12th to 16th centuries—for, of course, their Anastasis images. There is also one separate icon that is very special for us because it was the image that first drew us to Cyprus. Article

February 12, 2018

David Crumm: Peter Wallace on Getting to Know Jesus Again in Lent

The global trend may be toward secularization in many regions, but certain populations are drawn toward some of the spiritual disciplines, Peter argues. 'Some of the mysterious, powerful, spiritual practices that the churches observed for centuries are being rediscovered particularly by young adults who are seeking a depth to their lives that they are not experiencing in today’s culture.'
The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath Article

February 01, 2018

Emily C. Heath: Out of the Depths

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

My first call out of seminary was to a children's hospital. I was a chaplain in a pediatric emergency room, and I spent most of my time meeting families on what were often the worst days of their lives.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

January 30, 2018

Bishop Ken Carter: “As Much Unity as Possible”: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 12

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The apostle Paul is writing to a divided church. There were divisions in the church, even in the first century. In this instance, the divisions were about the gifts of speaking in tongues (glossalia) and prophecy (prophetea). Some saw themselves as being more spiritual than others. Paul speaks into the context of the church in Corinth by using the framework of God’s gifts and grace.
Peter Wallace Article

January 27, 2018

The Rev. Peter Wallace: Ash Wednesday--Preparing for Lent

The Rev. Peter Wallace

As followers of Jesus prepare for the season of Lent, Day1 host Peter Wallace reflect on the meaning of Ash Wednesday. An excerpt from his new book, "Getting to Know Jesus (Again)."
The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath Article

January 26, 2018

Emily C. Heath: The Beginning of Wisdom

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

A few years ago I began adding something new to my prayers every evening. Instead of asking for things to work out the way I wanted, or for nothing to go wrong, I began to pray instead for wisdom. That one small change to my prayer life has made a tremendous difference in my life.
The Rev. Susan Sparks Article

January 23, 2018

Susan Sparks: A Lesson from Beethoven

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

I’m sure you have all heard of the great composer Beethoven and his famous piece the 9th Symphony. It was heralded as a work of genius because Beethoven did something that had never been done before: he added voices in the fourth and last movement. He basically turned a symphony into an opera. But here’s the real kicker. He wrote that breath-taking piece toward the end of his life. When he was deaf.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart Article

January 09, 2018

Gordon Stewart: Our Dwelling Place and the Wrath of God

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Six old friends have arrived from Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois for New Year’s Eve in the Dempsey’s living room. A seventh unbidden visitor — pancreatic cancer managed by chemotherapy — makes us freshly aware of our mortality...
The Rev. Wayne Meisel Article

December 26, 2017

Wayne Meisel: First Job Out of College: 7 Things to Consider

The Rev. Wayne Meisel (PCUSA)

People often ask me what my most important career choice has been. That answer is surprisingly: it was my decision to do a year of service after I graduated from college. My year of service impacted every major part of my life and defined my career trajectory.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Article

December 24, 2017

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: A Christmas Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)

In her Christmas message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Advent is a time to be present and still, to be aware of the promise to come.