United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Mark

How wondrous to rediscover the language and literary style of Jesus, whose words are forever unveiling themselves in new and ancient forms.


Just for today, become a God-watcher. Stop frequently in your travels from here to there. Lift up your heart, put your senses on alert, filter through the ordinary for the extraordinary.


Our neighbors are generous and loving. The world as God envisions it is near. Fluff wins. Repent of fearmongering, and believe it.


It’s said that life is God’s gift to us and what we do with life is our gift back to God. I take it a step further: My life belongs to God. My life is God’s currency in the world.


I’ve believed that I deserve life’s storms. I’ve believed it serves me right. And I’ve known the feeling of relief when adversity subsides, when the end allows me to begin again.


It occurs to me that my guilt reflects vanity and weak faith. Taking responsibility for one's actions is good; nagging guilt, however, is evidence of self-absorption, turning away from God. 


Matt Laney

Sometimes the experience of Jesus way-back-when blocks our ability to recognize him here-and-now.


Donna Schaper

The truth about eternity is that it is connected to now. There is no later when it comes to eternity. It is not a bargain nor can it be postponed.


Kaji Douša

Fasting from the profits of the world is too hard to do without fervent prayer and radical generosity. So often, we climb upon the backs of others in order to reap our short-term rewards. But at what personal cost?


Vicki Kemper

Lent is a time to learn who and whose we are, to prepare for what is to come, to create a life-shaping bond with the Holy One that not even death will be able to break.