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Hard-Headed Hope

Talitha Arnold

Hope is often under siege, whether in Paul's time or ours. One glance at the daily news makes hope seem naive and those who hold hope appear foolish.

Hit the Books!

Quinn G. Caldwell

Any scientist will tell you that behind every"Eureka!" lie thousands of hours of labor.  So too with becoming a disciple.

Saint John Vianney (1786-1859)

Mary Luti

His seminary teachers thought John Vianney was too stupid to be a priest. But his pastor said he was pious, so the bishop ordained him.

Eternal Life

Donna Schaper

Eternity doesn't come later; it comes now.  

From Blindfolds to 20/20 Vision

Ron Buford

We sometimes pray as if we know what we need.

God's Holy Fools

Martin B. Copenhaver

I am quite sure that I miss miracles—signs that point to God—every day. 

Who Would Jesus Troll?

Marchae Grair

God's commandments to love don't change just because we're in front of a computer screen or a smartphone.

The Bread of Angels

Talitha Arnold

In the congregation I serve, perhaps as in yours, there are people who also offer the "bread of angels" in wilderness times. We call them the Parish Life helpers and the Congregational Care Team. You may use a different name.

"Holy Fear"

Richard L. Floyd

The fear of God is not a very popular idea these days, at least not in the UCC, probably as a reaction to various unhealthy fear-based versions of the faith.

The Dump and the Church

Tony Robinson

What may be garbage to us may be precious to God, who was into recycling long before we ever heard that word.