April 8, 2016

The Woman Who Built a Soulmaking Room

By Upper Room Books
The Soulmaking Room

The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Risher

By Dee Dee Risher

This article was originally posted at radicaldiscipleship.net and is used by permission.

The Bible comes to us out of a patriarchal culture. At the same time, I believe firmly that the hand of the Spirit of God shaped what was recorded, however troubling or puzzling; however, these recordings may reflect the dynamics of oppression in this world rather than the creative liberation I feel is core to the reign of God. I hold these two realities in tension.

Because of this conviction, I pay constant attention to the stories of women who do break into scripture. Most of them are, predictably, relegated to the margins. They can appear sidekicks to the “real” stories of the (male) prophets, kings, patriarchs, warriors, and holy men. Yet hidden precisely within these “narratives of the margins” are the rankling questions that upset the power structures and interrogate our assumptions about God. … read

March 31, 2016

Therefore Go

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett

60 Days of Prayer bookTHURSDAY , MARCH 31 • READ MATTHEW 28:19-20

Go on! Get out of here!” The guest preacher had promised to share his favorite benediction. What a startling conclusion to a formal worship service! But Jesus specializes in startling conclusions, and Matthew makes it clear throughout his Gospel that following Jesus is not for those who want a static, cloistered faith. We must be willing to get going!

Today, just five days after celebrating the miracle of Resurrection, we commit anew to going on the way with Jesus as a denomination. “Therefore, go” remains central to our mission as The United Methodist Church, and we have the opportunity to pledge ourselves fully to that mission as we begin our General Conference prayer journey together. What will this meeting accomplish? What difference will it make to the world? How will we stay true to our mission? With Easter music still ringing in my ears, I am suddenly aware of the unlimited, unimagined power of God and prayer. … read

March 24, 2016

A Maundy Thursday Prayer

By Pam Hawkins


February 25, 2016

Help Me Not to Be Discouraged

By Upper Room Books

Lord, help me not to be discouraged or indifferent to the happenings around me. May my life reflect your love and light to a hurting world. Amen.

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