Daily Devotionals

The following “Daily Devotionals” are provided through the

United Church of Christ Website.

To read the full devotional, please click the Title of the devotional and you will be directed to the UCC website. We only keep the current month listed on this page.

January 19, 2018

Scorched by Holy Fire!

Richard L. Floyd

The prophet Jeremiah wasn’t the kind of guy you would invite to your Christmas party.

January 18, 2018

Follow Me

Donna Schaper

The W-2 forms are filling up the mailboxes.

January 17, 2018

Paragons, Problems, and Possibilities

John A. Nelson

We’ve heard this one, more than once.

January 16, 2018

Truth and Power

Kaji Douša

He was there for the inauguration, standing before him for the prayer service.

January 15, 2018

You Can Keep Your Cheap Gratitude

Lillian Daniel

Have you ever noticed that the authors of gratitude books have pretty awesome lives?

January 14, 2018

Holy Spirit Who?

Matt Laney

That Paul could size up a church in no time.

January 13, 2018

Your Eyes Saw My Unformed Body

Vince Amlin

This year on All Saints’ Day we hung up a picture of our son, Simon.

January 12, 2018


Quinn G. Caldwell

At some point, Disciples turn into Apostles.

January 11, 2018

Say By Letter and Do When Present

Jennifer Brownell

Back in the dark ages – I’m talking about the late 1990’s now – my husband-to-be and I were courting long distance.

January 10, 2018

The Reveal

Quinn G. Caldwell

John gets a lot of attention for his big personality: the outfit, the food, the yelling, the insults, the splashiness.

January 9, 2018

Sibling Empathy

Mary Luti

When my mother turned ninety, she entered her funeral instructions on a form entitled, ‘In the Event of My Death,’ a phrase she found amusing, as if death were something that might happen, or might not.

January 8, 2018

Here Comes the Judge

Kenneth L. Samuel

I remember the first time I was summoned to appear in traffic court for a speeding ticket and some unpaid parking violations.

January 7, 2018

Well Pleased

Vicki Kemper

Every year it is the same.

January 6, 2018

Lost and Found

Donna Schaper

It takes more cultural competency than I have to appreciate being covered by a multitude of camels.

January 5, 2018

The Easter Chicken

Tony Robinson

I once heard a story about an “Easter Chicken.”

January 4, 2018

Signing up for the Loyalty Program

Richard L. Floyd

Many of the companies I do business with, such as on-line retailers, airlines, and hotel chains, have “loyalty programs.”

January 3, 2018

For All That Will Be, Yes!

Talitha Arnold

Dag Hammarskjold wrote this affirmation in January, 1953, a few months after becoming the second Secretary-General for the 8-year-old United Nations.

January 2, 2018

God’s Not Done With You Yet

Kaji Dousa

Someone once joked to me that advertisers lose interest in us once we hit 25 years old.

January 1, 2018

New Year, Old Me

Emily C. Heath

It’s that time of the year when every website, magazine, and Twitter feed is selling January 1st-dated potential.

December 31, 2017

I Had Planned

Talitha Arnold

King David had great plans, but God had other plans.

December 30, 2017

Today Could be Christmas

Martin B. Copenhaver

Sometimes I think that Christmas, properly celebrated, would not be a fixed date on the calendar.

December 29, 2017

The Planet in Praise

Kenneth L. Samuel

Make no mistake about it, the entire earth is a declaration of God’s awesome power to create and sustain life with wondrous beauty and fathomless splendor.

December 28, 2017

Presented to God

Donna Schaper

My little brother’s linen and frilled baptismal robe hung in the coat closet at my house for decades.

December 27, 2017

Who Am I?

Tony Robinson

Martin Luther described sin as life curved in upon itself.

December 26, 2017

How’s the Weather?

Lillian Daniel

It’s the day after Christmas, and I have no idea what the weather is wherever you are reading this.

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

Jennifer Brownell

At the end of the midnight Christmas Eve service, we blow out our candles, the lights come back up and everyone cheers and hollers “Merry Christmas!”

December 24, 2017

The Wondrous Gift is Given

Richard L. Floyd

Christmas gift giving should be a simple matter, but often isn’t.

December 23, 2017


Tony Robinson

Years ago I appeared in one congregation’s home-grown musical rendition of the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” based on the book by Barbara Robinson (no relation)—a story of how the neighborhood terrors, the horrible Herdsmen kids, end up being the unlikely stars of the Christmas pageant.

December 22, 2017

At Home

Donna Schaper

We got a dozen chickens in June.

December 21, 2017

Like A Box of Chocolates

Kenneth L. Samuel

“Momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

December 20, 2017

Holy Applause

Matt Laney

A conflict is brewing in the church I serve, inspired by a sharp uptick of questionable behavior in worship over the past few years: Applause. 

December 19, 2017

Ridiculous Stories

Emily C. Heath

There are some truly ridiculous stories in Scripture. 

December 18, 2017

Sweat, Mess and Prep Cooks

Matt Fitzgerald

Our dentist is next to Alinia, the sixth best restaurant in the world.

December 17, 2017

A House for the Homeless Messiah

Molly Baskette

I’ve moved to a new metropolis recently. 

December 16, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Every once in a while, some well-meaning person of goodwill will refer to my son’s birth parents as his “real” parents.

December 15, 2017

Are You the One?

Vince Amlin

Over the last few years, Christmas has gotten political.

December 14, 2017


Mary Luti

Waiting is the hallmark of Advent, yet the Advent psalms and prophets speak more about longing than waiting.

December 13, 2017

Preaching to the Choir

John Edgerton

The Psalms often have signature lines at the top, things like “a psalm of David” or “a song of ascents.”

December 12, 2017

“Pant” for God?

Kaji Douša

You’ve got this.

December 11, 2017

I and Thou

Donna Schaper

Are the rich an I or a Thou?

December 10, 2017

The Someones

Jennifer Brownell

In the grocery line, a magazine cover catches my eye. Someone Beautiful is leaving Someone Glamorous to begin a relationship with Someone Powerful.

December 9, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Are you prepared for a world without bacon?

December 8, 2017

Scoff Not

Donna Schaper

This Advent series is about animals.

December 7, 2017

Enemies No More

Richard L. Floyd

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed on this day to honor the 2,403 victims of the surprise attack in 1941 by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on the U.S. Naval Station at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.

December 6, 2017

St. Nicholas

Mary Luti

When his wealthy parents died, Nicholas of Myra gave away a fortune and gave himself to the church. 

December 5, 2017

Rats and Cats Rejoicing Together

Matt Fitzgerald

Isaiah says destruction will happen at the end of time.

December 4, 2017

The Invasive Reign of God

Vince Amlin

The air potato is an invasive vine that came to America in 1909.

December 3, 2017

Why Are You Here? 

Ron Buford

Here, the eccentric John the Baptizer is like a rock star, with crowds mobbing him for an odd form of ritualized bathing practiced by a Jewish sect called the Essenes.

December 2, 2017


Kenneth L. Samuel

Make no mistake about it. 

December 1, 2017

Locusts and Chocolate

Emily C. Heath

A non-Christian friend of mine registered a complaint last year.

November 30, 2017


Kenneth L. Samuel

The beautiful city of Palm Springs is nestled in the Coachella Valley of Southern California along the rolling splendor of the San Bernardino Mountains.

November 29, 2017

Plowshares into Swords

Matt Laney

This is the prophet Joel talking. And he’s pissed. He’s itching for battle.

November 28, 2017

Freedom of Speech

Vince Amlin

There is a lively debate in our country about the First Amendment. 

November 27, 2017

Still We Leap

Vicki Kemper

“I love the recklessness of faith,” he said. “First you leap, and then you grow wings.”

November 26, 2017

New Church Year’s Eve

Emily C. Heath

It’s new year’s eve in the church.

November 25, 2017

Animals, Human and Otherwise

Quinn G. Caldwell

Did you catch that?  In today’s story, which comes near the end of the whole ark episode, God makes a covenant not just with Noah and his descendants, but with every living animal, everywhere.

November 24, 2017

“Ah, Tim, You…”

Mary Luti

Since childhood a man I know has been attracted to Something.

November 23, 2017

A Thanksgiving Gathering

Lillian Daniel

My father was not a good cook, but he believed himself to have certain “specialties.”

November 22, 2017

The Death of Church

Elissa Johnk

Sorry, Zechariah.  Read any newspaper and you’ll hear that religion is less like Zechariah’s branch – spreading understanding as it grows – than a stump.

November 21, 2017

Think Outside the Water Bottle

Donna Schaper

Worthy of a call? Could I get a rain check? A way out of my home in I-don’t-know-how or I-wish-I-could? 

November 20, 2017

Hallelujah Anyhow

Tony Robinson

Thanksgiving is coming up later this week. 

November 19, 2017

Bad News!

Richard L. Floyd

There is lots of bad news in the appointed lessons for today.

November 18, 2017

Dwell with Me

Marchaé Grair

Where do you dwell?

November 17, 2017

Teach Us to Count

John A. Nelson

My late father was fond of quoting a 19th century statistician and explorer who wrote, “Whenever you can, count.”

November 16, 2017

In Hiding

Kaji Dousa

“Kertyschoo!” sneezed naughty Peter as he hid from the angry gardener, Mr. McGregor, in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

November 15, 2017

In the Ups and Downs, God Levels Things Out

Lillian Daniel

People who are facing a serious illness tell me they have a new respect for how changeable life is.

November 14, 2017

Dinner for Trespassers

Matt Laney

For my twenty-sixth birthday, my wife (of two weeks) got us both arrested.

November 13, 2017

Trail Maintenance

Vince Amlin

We’ve only just met Ruby, but now we’re piled into her SUV on our way to the trailhead. 

November 12, 2017

Cities of Refuge

Jennifer Brownell

In ancient times, cities of refuge like Bezer were designated as safe places to await trial for those who had mistakenly caused another’s death.

November 11, 2017

What You are Getting Into

Molly Baskette

Last month, four American soldiers died, ambushed on a routine mission in Niger.

November 10, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Esther is a Jewish woman living in the Persian Empire.

November 9, 2017

Old and New

Mary Luti

Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) was a Congregational minister, entrepreneur, and antiquarian. Appalled by the shoddiness of machine-made things, he championed old things made by hand. 

November 8, 2017

Truth and Tradition

Kenneth L. Samuel

My Pentecostal/Holiness upbringing was full of religious traditions and restrictions.

November 7, 2017

Just Like Us

Bob Thompson

Elijah is one of the most theatrical and mysterious figures in the Bible. 

November 6, 2017

Broken Hearts

William H. Armstrong

Like an old broken record that keeps playing the same tune, the verse about the brokenhearted is constantly replaying in my mind.

November 5, 2017


Tony Robinson

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

November 4, 2017

The Weightier Matters

Richard L. Floyd

Jesus was quick to spot religious hypocrisy.

November 3, 2017

Harlot or Hotel Owner: What’s in a Name?

Talitha Arnold

“Rahab the Harlot.” That’s what I first learned about the woman of Jericho who saved the lives of the two Israelite spies. Perhaps you did, too. 

November 2, 2017


Kaji Dousa

When our adversaries come against us, they will try a number of tactics. 

November 1, 2017


Emily C. Heath

Martin Luther famously said that while we live we are all simultaneously saints and sinners.

October 31, 2017

Altar Egos

Molly Baskette

When I was in college, Halloween was our high holy day. 

October 30, 2017

It’s Time

Ron Buford

A friend complained about his mom, a wealthy woman who by inheritance wanted for nothing . . . but was miserable.

October 29, 2017


Matt Laney

Once there was a man who had everything money could buy: an opulent seaside mansion with an infinity pool, servants, a ten-car garage, helicopter, you name it.

October 28, 2017

Word to the Wise

Vince Amlin

In July, I helped convict a guilty man. Contrary to this proverb, it does not feel like a blessing.

October 27, 2017

God of Second Chances

Vicki Kemper

I would like to tell you the story of Shirley Hines, whose spirit was crushed when Hurricane Harvey wrecked her late mother’s coffee cups.

October 26, 2017

Holding on a Little Too Tight

Emily C. Heath

I hope that my death is still many years away.

October 25, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Jesus Christ lived, suffered and died, returned, and is right now doing stuff that matters for your life.

October 24, 2017


Mary Luti

Um… Let’s see if I have this right

October 23, 2017

Possessing What’s Ours

Kenneth L. Samuel

I own a fairly modern MacBook Air PC, but I can hardly create a flyer, create a Power Point presentation, do a Podcast, or even execute a successful ‘cut and paste’ maneuver.

October 22, 2017

Let Go of the Dark

Donna Schaper

When I talk to people who are living in the dark, darkly, I often try to retrain their vision.

October 21, 2017

Being “Convicted”

Tony Robinson

“I’ve heard a lot of sermons in the past ten years that make me want to get up and walk out,” wrote Garrison Keillor.

October 20, 2017

Repentance in Pew 16

Tony Robinson

The prelude ended, the minister got to his feet, went to the pulpit and boomed out, “O sing to the Lord a new song!”

October 19, 2017

Our Blessed Guides

Richard L. Floyd

Our culture prizes originality. No one wants to be considered an imitation!

October 18, 2017

Blessed are the Broken

Marchaé Grair

I walked into a bar eager to go to a storytelling event, where people volunteer to tell their most personal stories to strangers.

October 17, 2017

Holy Pique

John A. Nelson

Really? That’s the take-away?

October 16, 2017

Lasting Peace

Kaji Dousa

knew a form of these words before I’d even heard of Philippians.

October 15, 2017

Seven Deadly Apps

Lillian Daniel

It seems that for every ancient sin, there is a social media app. 

October 14, 2017

Excellence is Not the Most Excellent Way

Matt Laney

In her book, Overachievers: The Secret Life of Driven Kids, Alexandra Robbins documents an unhealthy culture of excellence and overachievement among middle and upper class American youth.

October 13, 2017

Look to the One

Vince Amlin

Stop. Wherever you are. At work. On the train. Checking email in bed. Whatever you are worried about – whatever you’re fearing, dreading, planning – that thing that you can’t get out of your head: Have you prayed about it?

October 12, 2017

Ruinous Empathy

Molly Baskette

In her new book Radical Candor the management guru Kim Scott (a veteran of Google, Apple and Twitter) gives us a new framework for how to be the best boss: care personally, and challenge directly.

October 11, 2017


The Psalm doesn’t say why, exactly, the deer is panting, so the hymn writers fill in the blank: the deer is being hunted.

October 10, 2017

God Has Already Chosen. Now It’s Your Turn.

Jennifer Brownell

I’ve walked the nature trails around our neighborhood pond many times and seen rabbits, birds, even the occasional deer. 

October 9, 2017

Go to Sleep. Good Night.

Mary Luti

If you’re a parent, or if you’ve cared for a child overnight, you’ll recognize this drill: Read story, say prayers, position bunny, plant kiss, douse lights, tiptoe out.

October 8, 2017

Lord of Liberation

Kenneth L. Samuel

Liberation Theology is a lens through which God is understood and related to as the Divine Being who sets us free from the sins of every kind of oppression.

October 7, 2017

God’s Hand

Matt Fitzgerald

The church I serve is near the Moody Bible Institute.

October 6, 2017

Hardness of Heart

Donna Schaper

Hardness of heart is a spiritual matter in love relationships, divorces, between siblings – and in the garden.

October 5, 2017

The Immoral Majority

Tony Robinson

Lazy minds love expressions like, “Most everyone thinks,” or “Many people believe,” and “Everyone is saying . . .”

October 4, 2017

The God Who Speaks in Whispers

Richard L. Floyd

When I found my way back to God as a young man (or God found me, take your pick) it began with a deep longing.

October 3, 2017

As Sure As the Hairs on Your Head

Talitha Arnold

Samson was at a dead end.

October 2, 2017

Shackles of Defeat

Kaji Dousa

The apostle Paul spent a good portion of his Christian life in prison thanks to a state that had no idea what to do with him.

October 1, 2017


Emily C. Heath

True humility is not about putting yourself down, but rather about realizing that the people who surround you are no less special than you.

September 30, 2017

Like Night and Day

Vicki Kemper

It turns out there is another planet in our solar system—right next door to us, in astronomical terms—that could support life as we (sort of) know it.

September 29, 2017

The Gate of Heaven

Matt Laney

John Phillip Newell shares a rabbi’s insight on Moses and the burning bush. 

September 28, 2017

Searchlights and Penlights

Martin B. Copenhaver

Sister Helen Prejean, the Roman Catholic nun who wrote the book Dead Man Walking, said in a lecture, “I’m always asking God for a searchlight.

September 26, 2017


Emily C. Heath

Malcolm Gladwell, the journalist and author, has a theory.

September 25, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Not being in school any more, I don’t pay as much attention to footnotes as I used to.

September 24, 2017


Mary Luti

For the sake of the church at Philippi, Paul chose to remain. 

September 23, 2017

Somebody Say Something

Kenneth L. Samuel

National Geographic reports that the world’s newest religion is no religion.

September 22, 2017

Christian Inactivism

Matt Fitzgerald

In 1937 H. Richard Niebuhr wrote that in a moment of political crisis, there are four kinds of inactivity.

September 21, 2017

Becoming New

Donna Schaper

I don’t want to pick a fight about baptism so much as to say that the ritual itself may need a good long look.

September 20, 2017

Faith Is Simple (But Not Easy)

Anthony Robinson

I was fired up about faith moving mountains, but suddenly stopped short by “Forgive, if you have anything against anyone.”

September 19, 2017

The Comfortless Time

Richard L. Floyd

When I was eighteen years old my mother died.

September 18, 2017

Unify Us

Marchaé Grair

Many church folks are guilty of confusing assimilation and unity to the detriment of the people they try to welcome into churches.

September 17, 2017

Slinging Mud

John A. Nelson

A friend said that she was ready to tackle most sorts of household repair.

September 16, 2017

A Psalm for a Rough Day

Bob Thompson

Most days I love being a pastor.  Today’s not one of them.

September 15, 2017

Behold the Author’s Care

Lillian Daniel

At a writing workshop at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, our teacher, Sands Hall, gave us exercises from her book, Tools of the Writers Craft.

September 14, 2017

Victory Dinner

Matt Laney

Leadership coach Marshal Goldsmith often encounters “winning addiction” in his CEO clients.

September 13, 2017

That Kind of Fig Tree

Vince Amlin

This fig business has always confused me. 

September 12, 2017

Look Up, Stay Up

Jennifer Brownell

Summer at the lake, and I’m trying out a borrowed paddleboard.

September 11, 2017

Never Remember

Molly Baskette

The memory of the national tragedy that befell us on September 11, 2001 turns 16 years old today.

September 10, 2017

Bird Armor

Quinn G. Caldwell

When the artist Seamus Moran visited the Tower of London, his attention was arrested by a disturbing sight: standing amid the rows of suits of armor for men and horses, a little metal outfit, maybe two and a half feet tall.

September 9, 2017

Present Imperfect

Mary Luti

Hypocrisy comes in many varieties. 

September 8, 2017

Light from the Least

Kenneth L. Samuel

When thick, palpable, complete darkness descended upon the Egyptians, I wonder why none of them seemed to notice that the Children of Israel had light.

September 7, 2017

Not as Hard as God

Matt Laney

Pharaoh is an idiot.

September 6, 2017


Donna Schaper

One of my favorite hobbies is overdoing metaphors.

September 5, 2017

Standing on Holy Ground

Talitha Arnold

Moses must have laughed out loud when the voice from the burning bush told him he was standing on “holy ground.”

September 4, 2017

Silence is Golden!

Richard L. Floyd

I was taught never to say, “Shut up!” It was considered rude. So I still don’t.

September 3, 2017

Another Way

Tony Robinson

I started my ministry in small, rural churches.

September 2, 2017

Something New Under the Sun

Vicki Kemper

Is there a more depressing line in all of scripture?

September 1, 2017

Ready to Move

Emily C. Heath

Do you ever feel like God’s not paying attention?

August 31, 2017

The Friday Feeling

Molly Baskette

But it was more what she was leaving than what she was going back to that upset her.

August 30, 2017

Stop Trying to Find Yourself

Lillian Daniel

Individualism tells you that you are special and unique.

August 29, 2017


Matt Laney

Years ago, newly-minted from seminary and serving my first church, I preached a fiery sermon on the counter-cultural ministry of Jesus.

August 28, 2017

Party Poopers

Vince Amlin

On the last night of our retreat at Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery in France, the nuns who led my small group invited us to a potato barbecue.

August 27, 2017

Transformed Nonconformists

Vicki Kemper

How easy it is to use this scripture to justify our self-righteous refusal to go along with any ol’ thing.

August 26, 2017

Baking with the Pharisees

Emily C. Heath

Jesus was trying to tell the disciples to be wary of the false teachings of religious authorities like the Pharisees and Sadducees.

August 25, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Earlier this summer, two women visiting Panama City Beach in Florida heard screams and saw two young boys hundreds of feet out from shore.

August 24, 2017

A Glass Darkly

Mary Luti

A cartoon shows a pastor meeting with the chairperson of the church council.

August 23, 2017

Too Much of What We Want

Kenneth L. Samuel

Upon their exodus out of Egyptian slavery, God instructed the Hebrews to abandon the worship of idols their parents engaged in while they were in bondage, and to direct their devotions toward the one God who had heard their pleas and secured their liberation.

August 22, 2017

“I’ve never driven a golf cart and I hate Kid Rock.”

Matt Fitzgerald

I don’t travel much, but I’ve been to Canada. Here’s what I heard: “Oh. You’re an American.

August 21, 2017

Did we come all this way to meet no one but ourselves?

Lillian Daniel

Tamar Elad-Appelbaum was raised in an orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem.

August 20, 2017

It’s What’s Inside

Tony Robinson

One August day, when I was a young pastor, a group of people showed up at the church office demanding to know if I had been “born again.”

August 19, 2017

The Great Laboratory of Love

Richard L. Floyd

A pastor friend of mine is known to have told his congregation, “If there isn’t somebody here who rubs you the wrong way you need to come around more often.”

August 18, 2017

A Funeral for a Frog

Martin B. Copenhaver

“Shady is dead,” my wife Karen said to me, with more concern than grief in her voice.

August 17, 2017

Worth a Second Look

John A. Nelson

Idolatry is bad: soul-killingly bad.

August 16, 2017

God is still sleeping

Kaji Douša

The idea of Jesus sleeping seems…bizarre.

August 15, 2017

Follow Me

Traci Blackmon

Whenever I read the gospel accounts of how Jesus organized The Discipleship Movement I am reminded of how important it is to understand the roles of both leader and ally.

August 14, 2017

No Condemnation

Matt Laney

A woman’s son committed suicide following decades of hard living that caused deep pain to himself and others.

August 13, 2017

Take Care

Vince Amlin

There are so many ways to get care wrong.

August 12, 2017

Nerds for Jesus

Molly Baskette

The YA fiction writer John Green redeemed nerdiness for us all.

August 11, 2017


Jennifer Brownell

Sounds to me like you were Godsplained, Apollos.

August 10, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

Should you one day make it to Jerusalem, you will no doubt also make your way to what many consider the holiest site in the world: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

August 9, 2017

Anybody Need a Pie?

John Edgerton

It’s pick-your-own blueberry season in New England.

August 8, 2017

Finding God in All the Wrong Places

Martin B. Copenhaver

On a number of occasions I have hiked in the interior reaches of the Grand Canyon.

August 7, 2017

Wisdom, Like

Mary Luti

There’s wisdom that comes with growing old.

August 6, 2017

Why is Eating so Enjoyable?

Matt Fitzgerald

When I was a child my mother made us name one thing we were grateful for each night before dinner.

August 5, 2017

“Like Amen to That”

Tony Robinson

Ask, seek, knock — each one ups the intensity level. 

August 4, 2017

Staying on the Trail

Richard L. Floyd

I have belonged to a hiking group for nearly 20 years.

August 3, 2017

God’s Hands

Talitha Arnold

God has no hands but ours.

August 2, 2017

Killers Like Me

Kaji Douša

With a deep sigh, I watched as he walked away, having left a beautiful urn of what was described as a hearty bush–“You really can’t kill it, trust me”–and some resilient flowers in the perfect spot.

August 1, 2017


Emily C. Heath

If you’re like me, Scripture passages about war and armor are difficult. 

July 31, 2017

Pets in Heaven

Dwight Lee Wolter

Many children learn to love through their first pet, and losing a pet is often their first experience with death and grief.

July 30, 2017

Lessons from a Lonely Lobster

Lillian Daniel

It stinks to be single in a couple’s universe.

July 29, 2017

Don’t Hide

Matt Laney

Have you ever knocked on someone’s door and hoped they wouldn’t answer?

July 28, 2017

Manuscript Preacher

Vince Amlin

“I hate the Prayers of the People,” I confessed to my co-pastor. 

July 27, 2017

Courage in the Storm

Vicki Kemper

The apostle Paul was speaking to other seasick souls on board a pitching ship.

July 26, 2017

Fearfully and Wonderfully

Emily C. Heath

I’m always amazed by the permission culture gives us to comment on other people’s bodies.

July 25, 2017

Just Deserts

Quinn G. Calwell

Every time I read the story of Jacob and Esau, I’m struck again by how much Jacob. totally. sucks.  Like, a lot.

July 24, 2017

Stepping Away

Mary Luti

It’s an age-old question: “Why don’t you come when I need you?”

July 23, 2017

Pray for those Who Persecute You

Tyler Connoley

Jesus told me to love my enemies, but Buddhism taught me how. 

July 22, 2017

The Killer Said “Grace”

Matt Fitzgerald

The killer brutally murdered a teenaged girl. Twenty-one years later he was still awaiting execution.

July 21, 2017

One Landmine at a Time

Donna Schaper

Most people can’t stand criticism, much less persecution.

July 20, 2017

You Feed the People

Tony Robinson

“We can’t do this . . . we don’t have the money.” 

July 19, 2017

Lots of Follows but Few Friends

Richard L. Floyd

The affection and intimacy Jesus had for his disciples offers a model of friendship that is in contrast to much of what passes for friendship in our time.

July 18, 2017

Don’t Wait

Martin B. Copenhaver

In the last decade or so of my father’s life he developed an interest in wine. 

July 17, 2017

The Dance of Faith

John A. Nelson

In a preaching conference, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long told about the time he was approached by a parishioner with an interest in contemporary church music: “Could we start a praise band?” Dr. Long replied, “Sure, as long as we start a lament band, too.”

July 16, 2017

Just Love

Kaji Douša

I do whatever I can to avoid talking about sex in church.

July 15, 2017

Mansions of Mysterious Metaphors

Lillian Daniel

The 1843 children’s board game The Mansion of Happiness used a sixty-seven space spiral track to teach children the various Christian virtues and vices.

July 14, 2017


Matt Laney

This “savior” stuff doesn’t come naturally to our contemporary, self-reliant, “can-do” culture. 

July 13, 2017

Holy (Waste)land

Vince Amlin

Brownsville, Texas is home to one of the most famous birdwatching spots in the country. 

July 12, 2017

Procrastinators Unite…Tomorrow

Marchaé Grair

Leaning in to God’s plan for me isn’t always easy because I am a control freak.

July 11, 2017

Welcome Home

John Nelson

In early 1993 a large group of Guatemalans, after nearly ten years of exile, had negotiated a return to their homeland.

July 10, 2017


Quinn G. Caldwell

I used to scoff, pretty hardcore, at certain ways of reading the Song of Songs.

July 9, 2017

Damned if He Does…

Mary Luti

We may not admit it, or even know it, but most of us harbor fixed notions about what a real Christian is like, or a perfect parent, or an ideal pastor, or a good citizen.

July 8, 2017

He’s Got Our Back

What’s your favorite verse or story in the Bible?

July 7, 2017

Parents Who Try Too Hard Risk Obscuring God

Matt Fitzgerald

Being parented is difficult.

July 6, 2017

This Is Real

Vicki Kemper

If you’ve spent any time in museums or wandered wide-eyed through an ancient city, you know how it goes.

July 5, 2017

Never Give Up

Tony Robinson

The old coach had been invited to give the high school commencement speech.

July 4, 2017

Our Four Freedoms Report Card

Richard L. Floyd

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his State of the Union address, which became known as the “Four Freedoms Speech.”

July 3, 2017

I Love Your Law

Talitha Arnold

On this Eve of Independence Day and its celebration of freedom, today’s Psalm instead praises a restriction on freedom,  i.e. God’s law.

July 2, 2017

Cup of Water Crisis

Kaji Douša

Things were different, she noticed. “His bones hurt,” her son told her.

July 1, 2017

The Most Stressful Part of Sundays

Emily C. Heath

I would rather write five sermons than lead the children’s lesson at church.

June 30, 2017

Everything I Need

John A. Nelson

A woman I knew, a Quaker, would occasionally use the second person in its archaic form.

June 29, 2017

You Too

Matt Laney

I was not a model student in my younger years.

June 28, 2017

Something of Value

Vince Amlin

My co-pastor is fond of saying, “No one has to be convinced to go see stand-up comedy. No one’s there because they think it will be good for their kids.They go because it’s funny.”

June 27, 2017

I Have a Frisbee

Vicki Kemper

There’s undivided, and then there’s complete.

June 26, 2017

Multitude of Sins

Vicki Kemper

How the subject came up I don’t recall.

June 25, 2017

Not Peace

Quinn G. Caldwell

Most of us long for peace.

June 24, 2017

Knowing What You Know

Mary Luti

A blind seminary student announced in class that if Jesus offered her sight, she’d refuse.

June 23, 2017

Remembering Grace

Emily C. Heath

Perhaps this is wrong, but I have a hard time trusting church people who never admit imperfection.

June 22, 2017

Until the Tenderness is Real

Matt Fitzgerald

When you pray, how do you begin?

June 21, 2017

Cat Brains

Ron Buford

Ever notice the way cats can seem to treat their owners as if their owners exist to solely fulfill their cat desires?

June 20, 2017

This Retirement Stuff Is Hard

Tony Robinson

“We’ve got to talk, this retirement stuff is HARD”

June 19, 2017

Out of Bounds

Richard L. Floyd

The people of God have always wrestled with the question of where God’s Spirit is at work.

June 18, 2017

Introverts and Extroverts

Martin B. Copenhaver

I am convinced Jesus was an introvert.

June 17, 2017

Small Letter, Big Spirit

John A. Nelson

Scripture sets so many traps.

June 16, 2017

Expecting an Answer

Kaji Dousa

Are you prepared to trust in God’s response?

June 15, 2017:

When “Sorry” Seems to be the Easiest Word

Lillian Daniel

After a terrorist atrocity, I hate seeing Muslims at a news conference being forced to apologize for something they didn’t do.

June 14, 2017:


Matt Laney

The good news is, stones and stoners don’t have the last word.

June 13, 2017:

Many Gifts, One Spirit

Vince Amlin

Singular Spirit of infinite gifts, be manifest in me for the common good

June 12, 2017:


Molly Baskette

We have a shame problem in America.

June 11, 2017


Jennifer Brownell

You are created in God’s image. That means showing up, speaking up, living out the purpose for which you were created, whatever that may be.

June 10, 2017

Art, Unseen

Quinn G. Caldwell

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that one of the great things about art is that it is not, strictly speaking, needed.

June 09, 2017

Choosing Justice

Marchaé Grair

The gospel makes it clear that this Christian journey requires decisions about our allegiances.

June 8, 2017

Atheists Could Be On To Something

Matt Fitzgerald

Atheists are wrong, but they could be on to something. Maybe God is gone. Absent.

June 7, 2017

Still Not Dead Again Today

Martin B. Copenhaver

Change is not a sign of death.  It is a sign of life.  Only the living change.

June 6, 2017

Fresh Towels

Donna Schaper

Do you have a story about “treasure in earthen vessels”?

June 5, 2017

The Joy of Dependence

Tony Robinson

“Dependence” is frowned upon in our society, while “independence” is seen as a good thing.

June 4, 2017

The Giver of Life

Richard L. Floyd

If the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at that first Pentecost marks the beginning of the church, the Spirit’s work was not finished on that day.

June 3, 2017

The Eve of Pentecost

Talitha Arnold

The first Christians had to trust God with no clue as to what God had in store for them. How did they do it?

June 2, 2017

The Value of the Dark

Kaji Douša

The “darkness” that “isn’t dark to you, O God,” according to my favorite Psalm, 139, is a tough term to unpack.

June 1, 2017

Learning New Languages

Emily C. Heath

Every year on Pentecost Sunday I get the feeling that the church misses the point.