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Christina Smerick

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62
I love the lectionary.  I love the structure, the way it keeps us from picking and choosing our own favorite verses and cobbling together a Frankenstein scripture that says what we want it to say.  By juxtaposing texts we wouldn’t necessarily read together, it challenges [...]



Lessons in Spiritual Formation – Brian Hartley

1 Kings 19:1-15a; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39
Thirty years ago this spring I stood before the Oklahoma Conference to be ordained a minister in the Free Methodist Church.  In many ways, I viewed that day as the end of a long process during which I had been interviewed, probed, and mentored to see whether I had [...]



Living in a World We Do Not Control – Ben Wayman

I Kings 21:1-21a; Psalm 5:1-8; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3

“Who’s in charge” is the hot topic in the Wayman household right now.  Just this past week Michelle and I introduced to Caden a ‘responsibility chart’ whereby he immediately announced that he was in charge of this chart and we were not.
Caden’s question of ‘Who’s in charge’ [...]



Ruth Huston

I Kings 17. 17-24; Psalm 30; Luke 7.11-17; Galatians 1.11-24
Today we begin Ordinary time in the church calendar, the season after Pentecost.  We’re not on our way to Christmas, nor to Easter.  We’re not “on our way” anywhere.  Just ordinary time when we’re invited to stop for awhile, inhale nature’s glorious perfumes and glory in [...]