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An Expansive Life

By Anna Beth Cross Luke 24:1-12 Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen Indeed! Here we are, at the end of the 40(ish) days of Lent, singing “Alleluias” and giving shouts of praise to God! We made it, the waiting is over–what a refreshing, life-giving feeling!  This season of Lent was a challenging one…the first “semi-normal” … Continued

The Stones Would Shout Out

By Annie Hardison-Moody Luke 19:28-40 On Palm Sunday, does anyone else immediately think of the Jesus Christ Superstar song, “Hosanna”? I’m a lifelong musical nerd, and this show was one of the first that I listened to (over and over and over again, according to my family). I loved the latest NBC version with John … Continued

Brazen Acts of Beauty

By Kim Eshleman In John 12:1-8, Jesus visits the home of his friend, Lazarus, in Bethany on his way to Jerusalem just a few days before the Passover. His other friends, Martha and Mary, are also there. Just prior to this visit, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, further establishing himself as a threat in … Continued

Prodigal Grace

By Justin Williamson Luke 15:11-32 “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; … Continued

The Answer is, “Yes!”

By Marcia Ostendorff Luke 13:1-9 | Isaiah 55:1-9 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, … Continued

Like a Baby in Her Mama’s Arms

By Keith Vaughn Psalm 27 | Luke 13:31-35 Do you remember a time in your life that you felt most safe? Possibly it was as a child in the secure and loving arms of your mother or father. Perhaps you were hunkered down in your bed with the blankets pulled up over your head after … Continued

Even in the Desert

By Jill Pike Wilderness. The word conjures up all sorts of images of isolation, emptiness, and vulnerability. One definition of wilderness is “an inhospitable and desolate region of fear and discomfort.” Yet, there is another definition which describes the term in a spiritual sense. When we are in a spiritual wilderness, it is a period … Continued

Spirit of Justice: Women’s History Month

By Bob Millikan We are celebrating women’s history this month by highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Women’s History Month is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8. Susan B. Anthony It seems very appropriate to start with Susan B. Anthony. She was … Continued

Full to the Brim: An Expansive Lent for 2022

As Ash Wednesday draws near, many of us may already be thinking about our Lenten practices. What kind of intention will we set this year to help us return to God with renewed commitment? Traditionally, Christians give something up for this season. They’ll abstain from things like alcohol, chocolate, or other guilty pleasures. In a … Continued