United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: John

While Martha served dinner, Mary sat on the floor and poured fragrant perfume over Jesus’ feet. To some, her behavior seemed over-the-top. But sometimes too much is just right.


The cosmos is not separate from you or outside of you. You are it. You are God’s love. That’s what Jesus came to reveal, then and now.


Don’t feel like you have to be nice all the time. Don’t feel like you always have to accommodate and compromise and stir in honey. Go ahead, release your inner table-over-turner.


The Bible that points to God is not God. The theology that points to God is not God. The church that points to God is not God. The pastor who points to God is not God.


A little more than a week after Jesus’ birth, Mary is starting to realize how much work this is really going to take. Are you?


Our big days and calendars are really of little importance to the God who created us. God existed before time itself, and God is consistently present in every day.


The candles will be extinguished, the cover put back on the organ, the hymnbooks rearranged in the pews. The pattern of Jesus being vulnerable as a child: this will neither die.


Restorative relationships can heal trauma. As we find clarity through restoration, it is easier to distinguish sources of present danger from the residue of past pains.


Jesus mimicked all that he saw the Parent doing. How potent it can be for us to do the same as Children of our Divine Parent.


I suspect Claude Monet would have painted lilies differently if he had been paddling through sedge against the current of the muddy Mississippi river in an inflatable kayak.