A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, September 17, 2021

Sermon Forethoughts for 09.26.2021

Mark 9:30-37

Join us for live-streamed worship at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, or later as all worship is recorded. The Ashland First Ohio UM Church YouTube Channel can be accessed here. The sermon alone will be posted each Sunday afternoon on this blog.

Scriptures and Prayer for Friday in the Seventeenth Week after Pentecost


Psalter: Psalm 1

Old Testament: Proverbs 30:18-33

Epistle: Romans 11:25-32
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O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us as beloved children. Help us to lay aside our envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servants of your peace. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 260) Daniel 7-9


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Calmly Considered: Race in America-- History, Story, and Changing Faces

Is race the central story of America? Does American history begin in 1619 or 1776? Is racism systemic or purely an individual prejudice? Is Critical Race Theory Marxist? Michael Kruse and Allan Bevere explore these questions and others.

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Scriptures and Prayer for Thursday in the Seventeenth Week after Pentecost


Psalter: Psalm 1

Old Testament: Proverbs 30:1-10

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God of unsearchable mystery and light, your weakness is greater than our strength, your foolishness brings all our cleverness to naught, your gentleness confounds the power we would claim. You call first to be last and last to be first, servant to be leader and ruler to be underling of all. Pour into our hearts the wisdom of your Word and Spirit, that we may know your purpose and live to your glory. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 259) Daniel 4-6

Daniel 4-6

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Scriptures and Prayer for Wednesday in the Seventeenth Week after Pentecost


Psalter: Psalm 73:21-28

Old Testament: Proverbs 22:1-21

Epistle: Romans 3:9-20
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Through suffering and rejection, O God, you bring forth our salvation, for in Jesus you embrace our humanity and transform our lives by the glory of his cross. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may rebuke the lure of this world, take up our cross, and follow your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Devotions (Session 258) Daniel 1-3

Daniel 1-3

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Scriptures and Prayer for Holy Cross


Old Testament: Numbers 21:4b-9



Gospel: John 3:13-17
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For the healing of the nations, O God, you raised up your Son on the wood of the cross and exalted him as the Lord of all creation. Grant that all who believe in him may have the gift of eternal life and share in the glory of your kingdom, where you live forever and ever. Amen.