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Richard L. Floyd
This passage reminds me of those jokes in which someone asks, "I've got some good news and some bad news. Which do you want to hear first?"
I am so glad I never figured out how to color within the lines or paint by numbers.
Kenneth L. Samuel
Unity in the midst of wide-spread diversity is the greatest challenge we face in our communities, in our nation and in our world today.
A sock, a hose, wire, and duct tape. What a great image of the God who, in a UCC Easter prayer, "gathers up the fragments of our lives and creates new possibilities."
Imagine what Peter, a professional fisherman, thought when carpenter Jesus decided to dispense some free, unsolicited advice on fishing.
"I know he suffered for us, in our place. What I want to ask him is why we have to suffer. Why we still have to suffer so much!"
Emily C. Heath
The Christian life is a long journey, full of challenge, full of opportunities to quit. There are times when you wonder "is this worth it"?
Here's a middle-aged complaint: a bumper sticker offends me.
Anthony B. Robinson
I have a feeling that this busy—too busy—church may be coming to an end, dying, in our own time. I have a sense that there's a yearning, deep and beyond easy articulation, for something we might call "simple church."
Charity can do a lot of good, but charity also sometimes brings dented castoffs from the back of the pantry to the food drive and calls it love.