United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Genesis

There are children in our time who, like Ishmael, have lived their entire lives in the wilderness – in desolate places with names like Poverty or Racism, Sickness or Hunger.


If you are in the grips of grief today, remember the example of Abraham: you can grieve your own way. And as you encounter other people, know that they are all in grief.


The story of deliverance from global devastation is a story of counting days. It’s a story that reminds me I am not the first child of God to feel the way I am feeling.


I miss the future. All I can see is a different future: the end of the office, the end of school, the end of church. The end. We are on this journey without a map, without guides.


It’s hard to be obedient to your parent when you’re bent on bashing your brother.


Parents sometimes sacrifice children on the altars of our careers. Government sacrifices children on the altar of defense spending. God rejects child sacrifice—Abraham’s and ours.


In a world of lies and rumors, contractual loopholes and selective memory, we need more mizpah in our lives—symbols of mutual respect and standards of justice


In the midst of evil, Abraham lifted up the possibility for transformation. He pointed out that goodness was not lost. Abraham reminded God that love will win. Love will win!


When there’s been a breach, apologies matter. Words matter. But when the breach is in the form of stolen wealth, wealth is the only thing that can repair it.


Vicki Kemper

If God can have a change of heart, so can we.