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Ephesians: Salvation for Service

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus is less anchored in the actual circumstances of a particular faith community than some of Paul’s other letters are. Instead, Ephesians reads almost like a sermon, with Paul hitting head-on some of the most important theological issues of the early...

Holy Habits

Devout Christians have long sought after something called “holiness.” We have misunderstood this pursuit as a striving toward perfection, which is obviously out of our reach in this life. Holiness is better understood as spiritual strength or fortitude, and our spirits are not made strong...

Upside Down

Life in the midst of a global pandemic is not at all what we have come to expect it to be. In fact, it feels in some very significant ways that the world itself has been turned upside-down. This is disorienting and disconcerting. It changes our outlook, our actions, and our relationships. And it...

Grace in the Wilderness

The prophet Jeremiah declares that the people of God "found grace in the wilderness" (Jer. 31:2). Although Israel's years of wandering were filled with challenges, the wilderness was where God shaped them and where God's abundant grace was made manifest to them. We are living through our own kind...

Origins

Before the particular history of the people of Israel begins in earnest with God’s call to Abraham in Genesis 12, there is another history—a prehistory. The stories of Genesis 1-11 which make up this prehistory are origin stories: stories that invite us to think about why the world is the way that...

Maundy Thursday 2020

Everyone Will Know Thursday, April 9, 2020

Last Words

When the four gospel accounts are combined, Jesus speaks seven times from the cross, commonly referred to as the "Seven Last Words" of Christ. During the weeks of Lent we take a careful look at these important sayings of Jesus, spoken in his dying moments. In so many ways, they distill not only...

20/20 Vision

Jesus said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light" (Matt. 6:22). At the start of a new year and a new decade, it's a good time to get our (spiritual) vision checked. Are we seeing things clearly, or has our vision been blurred, blocked, or...

(Not Yet) Advent

"Advent" means arrival, and in the life of the church Advent marks a very special arrival: that of the Christ child, born to a poor family in a rural backwater of the Roman Empire. But the fact that Jesus has already arrived is only half of the story—the "already" of Advent is balanced by a deep...

James

The biblical book of James is a letter quite unlike any other, sometimes appearing to argue with other parts of the New Testament while still relying on the teaching of Jesus. This letter addresses the Christian community in the midst of trying circumstances and urges a faith that grows out of...

The biblical book of James is a letter quite unlike any other, sometimes appearing to argue with other parts of the New Testament while still relying on the teaching of Jesus. This letter addresses the Christian community in the midst of trying circumstances and urges a faith that grows out of practice, and deeds that grow out of faith.

Receivers

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Audio Video James 1:17-27

The book of James is unique among the letters of the New Testament in its unembarrassed forthrightness about the way that the faith of the Christian community and its actions are linked together. Before driving that point home (as we will see in chapter 2), James first urges the church to adopt the appropriate posture: a posture of openness, meekness, and gratitude.

Doers

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Audio Video Micah 6:6-8 & James 2:1-10, 14-17

James claims that faith without works is dead in doing so ignites centuries of theological controversy, especially among Protestant Christians. But if we can set those debates aside, we might be able to hear a clear, penetrating word that is sorely needed for the church today.

Speakers

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Audio Video James 3:1-12

James has some very harsh words to say about the danger of harsh words. In a world filled with chatter and dangerous speech, James urges Christians to do less talking and a lot more doing.

Peacemakers

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Audio Video James 3:13 - 4:4, 7-8

James recognizes that the wisdom we adopt and pursue in our daily lives has a profound impact on the people we become. James urges us to turn away from the wisdom of the world, which bears the fruit of conflict and dissatisfaction, and instead to turn to the wisdom of God, which bears the fruit of peace.

Pray-ers

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Audio Video James 5:13-20

After covering a wide range of topics in his letter, many of which focus on things that tend to result in division and conflict in the body of Christ, James wraps things up with a word on prayer. In doing so, James says something profound and relevant about the power of prayer in the life of the church.