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The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Article

December 01, 2017

Will Willimon: Don't. Lie.

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

When he received an honorary degree at the University of Aberdeen this past summer, my friend Stanley Hauerwas gave what may be the shortest commencement address on record. He said, in about five minutes, 'Do not lie.' Article

November 29, 2017

David Crumm: Auden, the Psalms and Me: A hot new book about liturgy?

We are recommending an intriguing new book on this often-ignored topic. And, we admit this may seem like an eccentric idea. After all, when was the last time you spontaneously started discussing 'liturgy' with your friends? Perhaps … never?
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November 27, 2017

Dr. Matthew Boedy: How Sermons Responded to the 2016 Election


Dr. Matthew Boedy, assistant professor of rhetoric/composition at the University of North Georgia, studied a broad range of sermons preached after the November 2016 election, with some fascinating insights.
The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV Article

November 26, 2017

Rebert W. Lee IV: Christ the King: Where I Learn to Believe Again

The Rev. Robert Lee (UCC)

My wife hates spoilers, that’s why she hasn’t allowed me to show her one of the better episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The final episode of the greatest television series of my life came to mind when I was geeking out with my friend Katelyn over the series. All Good Things Parts 1 and 2 try to capture the essence of the series that defined television science fiction in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
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November 24, 2017

Benjamin Corey: My "Aha" Moment - An Excerpt from the book, "Unafraid"


Excerpted from UNAFRAID: MOVING BEYOND FEAR-BASED FAITH by Benjamin L. Corey. The most important moments in life are those small flashes that happen when something shifts in our thought processes, and we begin to see things differently. I cherish these reframing moments, because even though they may seem quick or insignificant, they actually change everything.... Article

November 23, 2017

ReadtheSpirit: Thanksgiving: Americans feast, gather in tradition and gratitude

Join the millions of Americans giving thanks and expressing gratitude over a savory feast, as family and friends gather for the historical and beloved holiday of Thanksgiving.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Article

November 22, 2017

Frederick Schmidt: We Thank You All the Same

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

Sometime ago I watched the film, 'Shenandoah.' James Stewart plays Charlie Anderson, a Virginia farmer who becomes embroiled unwillingly in the mayhem of the War Between the States. His family gathers at the dinner table, and Anderson prays....
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November 21, 2017

Mitch Carnell: In Shooting Aftermath, How Can Faith Infuse Our Daily Lives?


I heard the devastating news of the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, when I returned home from church. The horror of that incident is almost too much to comprehend. How can a single individual harbor that much hate? I have no idea.
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

November 20, 2017

Talitha Arnold: Harlot or Hotel Owner: What's in a Name?

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

'Rahab the Harlot.' That's what I first learned about the woman of Jericho who saved the lives of the two Israelite spies. Perhaps you did, too. We may have learned wrong.
The Rev. Ron Buford Article

November 19, 2017

Ron Buford: It's Time

Ron Buford (UCC)

A friend complained about his mom, a wealthy woman who by inheritance wanted for nothing . . . but was miserable. 'It's a living hell' was her constant refrain while shaking her downcast head when even life's smallest routine things went wrong. This so bothered my friend that their time together was difficult.