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Be the Church: Care for the Poor

Monday, June 22, 2020
The fullness of the kingdom is found in sharing what we have with the least of our friends and neighbors.
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Summer Lunch Box Bags by cmarlinwarfield

The Saying is “One Bad Apple Spoils the Bunch”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
There's always white people saying, "A few bad apples..." They always forget the second half of the saying. It's "One bad apple spoils the bunch."
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Be the Church: Protect the Environment

Monday, June 15, 2020
To what can I compare such an act of grace! It’s like da Vinci, painting the Mona Lisa, turned to a child and said, “You color in this bit.” God asks us to be conspirators in creation!
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A Bee in the Garden by cmarlinwarfield

The Church is Not What We Thought it Was

Monday, June 01, 2020
I’ve been saying it for weeks now, in one way or another: the church is not what we thought it was. The church isn’t the building or the steeple. It’s not the sanctuary or the pulpit or the pews. It isn’t the classrooms or fellowship hall. The church isn’t even a place. It’s something… else.
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The Holy Spirit in a Stained Glass Window cmarlinwarfield

The Way Out is Through

Monday, May 25, 2020
We have been worshipping online for ten weeks today. That’s two-and-a-half months. In the grand scheme of things, that doesn’t seem like a long time. But… In the last two-and-a-half months, I have learned how to make a podcast, and how to hold meetings and Bible studies and worship over Zoom, and that Zoom is […]
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Love is Our Religion

Monday, May 18, 2020
On the one hand… There’s a meme that’s been going around with the caption, “Day 15 of the quarantine. My wife took up gardening, but won’t tell me what she’s going to plant.” And the picture very clearly shows that she’s dug a grave. Because the guy’s wife is going to kill him. Because they […]
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God's Love at General Synod 2019 by cmarlinwarfield

Both Hands and a Roll of Duct Tape

Monday, May 11, 2020
No one knows who Chloe is, but I suspect she’s someone who’s trying to hold things together with both hands and a roll of duct tape.
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First Congregational United Church of Christ (DeWitt, Iowa) Steeple by cmarlinwarfield

The Economy Was Made for Humanity

Wednesday, May 06, 2020,
The Pharisees walked up to Jesus and asked him, “Do you not see what your disciples are doing? Why are they doing something that is against the law on the sabbath?
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Upside-Down

Monday, May 04, 2020
Every year, on the very first day of confirmation, I take the kids on a scavenger hunt. Some of the things that they have to find are things: hands, a lamb of God, a ship, a manatee. And some of the things that they have to find are people: Annette Mohr, Derek Fox, Carol Beck, […]
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