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Weekly Christian Devotions from Bethany

Here you'll find weekly devotions Bethany writes, mostly following the lectionary. Sometimes the Holy Spirit leads in her in a different way and she's always ready to listen!

Bethany received her Master's of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She has served in full time ministry since 2010 and is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.

Our scripture reading this week comes from the prophet Isaiah. As a prophet, Isaiah spends a good…

In the spirit of traditions honored in my new church home, I would like to acknowledge today as…

"Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he!" Does that song immediately jump into…

On the last Sunday in October, Christians around the world celebrate Reformation Sunday. This day…

Usually, when Jesus tells a parable, we are left to suss out the meaning of it for ourselves. Here…

To be a leper in the time of Jesus meant more than just having an unfortunate skin condition. It…

In our society today it can seem like only the wicked get ahead. We look at those in power around…

Sometimes Jesus tells a parable that is so confusing that even centuries later scholars, preachers…

This is a tough parable to read and is even tougher for those of us tasked with interpretation.…

Have you ever lost something important to you? Unless you are the most responsible human being on…

Oof, Jesus. These are some tough words. As one author wrote, "this is one of those passages that…

Imagine you are planning a dinner party for next weekend. Who is on your list of people to invite?…

Jesus broke the rules. This is important for those of us who wish to follow Jesus to remember. …

I am not a runner. Even back in my high school and college days when I was a dancer, and in the…

How often do you think about money? I'm guessing quite a bit. Those of us who don't have a lot of…

The idea of minimalism is one that is gaining popularity in American culture right now. In a…

If we take this passage at face value, we run the risk of having a very shallow, transaction-based…

We live in a Martha world. By this, I mean we live in a world where people see value in being busy…

I was listening to a podcast a few weeks ago, one of my new favorites called "Hidden Brain." On the…

In every life, there are multiple beginnings and multiple endings. One of the keys to living a good…

They say that pastors only have one sermon they give throughout their life. Sure, we write…

At a recent conference, I was invited to do something I've never really thought about before -…

 In our scripture reading from Proverbs today, Wisdom starts by calling out, by pleading, for…

Theologian Frederick Buechner once referred to the Holy Spirit as the "shy member" of the Trinity.…

 In today’s scripture passage we continue in John’s story of the Farewell Discourse of Jesus. It is…

I want to focus here on one little phrase Jesus says about the Holy Spirit - that it will teach you…

If I had to choose one piece of scripture that encapsulates my Christian faith, well, it would be…

Over Easter weekend this year, I learned that a strong Christian progressive voice, author Rachel…

The last time Peter was asked three times how he felt about Jesus was the night of Jesus' trial…

So often when we read this story (almost always the week after Easter) we focus on the second half…

As a pastor, I spend a lot of time reading devotions and sermons written by others, for inspiration…

And just like that, all of a sudden, Holy Week is upon us. This is my first year in nine years that…

In this passage from the letter to the Philippians, Paul sure knows how to state his qualifications…

Ah, the story of the prodigal son. A story that is well- known by most Christians and yet one that…

Every week in the lectionary we are given readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, the…

Since today just happens to be St. Patrick's Day, I thought it would be fun to look at St. Patrick…

Today is the first Sunday in Lent, a season of the church in which we prepare for Easter.…

Today is what is known as "Transfiguration Sunday" in many churches. It is based on this passage in…

Today is an especially poignant day for those within the United Methodist Church. Yesterday was the…

At first blush, this sermon Jesus gives in the Gospel of Luke sounds very similar to the famous…