United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: 1 Peter

There’s a very thin line – perhaps no line at all – between sporadically wishing harm happens to someone and being the type of person who finds reason to universally justify harm.


How do we know how to act when everything we counted on seems to be over? First Peter recommends exercising self-control, remaining clear-headed, and serving people in need.


We can’t get through life without pain. From temporary toothaches to enduring heartbreaks, pain is part of the human condition.


This crisis is reminding me that I have to work just as hard to protect myself, from the inside out, so as not to cause harm. Perhaps I am not the only one.


Is there room in our disagreements for loving kindness as well as faithful rage? Can we practice compassion alongside righteous indignation?


Kaji Douša

Maybe we start to accept the things we really should not, growing accustomed to being so enclosed that we risk forgetting what it means to be free—if we ever knew it.


Marchaé Grair

I was in the infancy of healing after an emotionally abusive relationship ended when I started reading All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks.


Vicki Kemper

How the subject came up I don't recall.


Richard L. Floyd

I sit in the pews these days, since my pastoring days are behind me, and I contemplate my fellow church members, many of whom I have come to love. What brings them here, I wonder?


Emily C. Heath

There's nothing wrong with being yourself, and being proud about it.