Here we are in the very first chapter of the very first book about the very first church, and just about the very first action those very first believers undertake is…an election
The last time you received communion the pastor might have said something like, "The body and blood of Christ given for you" or something less graphic, more poetic, and just as appropriate such as: "The bread of life and the cup of hope."
Quinn G. Caldwell
There never was a less-UCC vision of Jesus than this one.
Jesus, no fewer than six times in the gospels, utters his now-famous dictum, "He who has ears, let him hear."
"I don't need, every Sunday, to be reminded of my responsibilities,"
In 1940, the entrance to the ancient French Lascaux Cave was discovered by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat.
Many of us are notoriously capable of functioning out-of-sync, of living contrary to the rhythms of our own bodies and spirits.
So it was all about joy.
Richard L. Floyd
The disciples had expected great things from Jesus when he ushered in God's glorious new reign on earth.
When a person oppressed by the evil of racism proclaims "Black Lives Matter," you have two choices—you can validate their pain or you can condemn them for speaking it.