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 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

December 14, 2015

Trusting God’s Promises

By Elizabeth Canham
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Promise and Restoration”) as an e-book.

Read Micah 5:2-5a

Promise. The prophets serve as the messengers of Yahweh, bringing hope in hard times and warning of consequences when the people stray in their faithfulness. The book of Micah opens in this manner: “The word of the LORD that came to Micah . . . . which he saw.”

The prophets speak from and for the Lord and not out of their unaided opinion. They listen for God’s word, and often they see what God intends them to speak. … read

January 26, 2015

Hear and Heed

By Upper Room Books
Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

From page 38, The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions

Read Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Transitions are challenging, whether it’s a new job, a new house, a new community, or a new church. We react in a variety of ways during transitions. Sometimes we are cranky, sometimes we quietly turn inward, and sometimes we just keep ourselves busy. In the uncertainty, we want certainty. While we cannot gaze into a crystal ball and know the future, this passage assures us that God will guide us and continue to speak to us. … read

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