The Wilderness

By Lucy Johnson     In this week’s Gospel, Luke reintroduces us to John the Baptist as a voice crying out in the wilderness.  For some reason, I have always been attracted to the [...]

Here We Go Again

By Carol Younger   Here we are again, First Sunday of Advent. It’s easy to fall into the ordinary routine of Christmas preparations. After all, it’s a family and national traditional [...]


By Deborah Kendrick    As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, The [...]

The Law of Sacrifice becomes the Law of Love

By Stephanie Landsem     In first century Israel, there was only one place where devout Jews could make reparation for their sins against each other and against the Lord – the great [...]

Being Present to November: It’s Not Christmas Yet

By Sarah Damm If I had to guess the calendar date based on my favorite store’s décor, I would get it wrong. Fall pumpkins, cornucopias, and leafy garlands are nowhere to be found. Only [...]

Church Ladies Unite!

By Anne Carraux     Christ-Centered Service Requires Less of Us, More of Him   It feels so good to get praise! As a self-professed Church Lady, I hear today’s Gospel and realize [...]

Paddling Upstream in the Christian Life

By Kathleen Billings   For the past twelve years my family and I have lived in charming little town about 1 hour west of downtown Chicago.  Nearly every day we drive on a bridge that crosses [...]

A Fool for Christ

By Jill Mraz            1 Cor 4:9-13 …we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike. We are fools on Christ’s account…   Easter fell on All [...]