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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...

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 blinded by life with its many worries and distractions? When our vision is clear we live with integrity, worship with authenticity, serve compassionately, and love graciously—in short, our whole life will be full of light.

Self

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Audio Video Isaiah 43:1-7 & Matthew 6:25-34

Who am I, and how do I fit in the world? These are elemental questions of human existence, and how we choose to answer them has profound implications for the person we become and the life we lead.

Neighbor

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Audio Video Luke 10:25-37

The Parable of the Good Samaritan shows us that loving our neighbor demands more of us than just looking at others differently or making the internal moral effort to become a better neighbor to others; it calls for us to be proactive in making others our neighbors.

World

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Audio Romans 8:18-25

All of creation is involved in and yearning for God's work of salvation, and that has profound implications for us. As we look at the world that God has made, it is critical—now more than ever—that we recognize the close relationship we have with the whole of God's creation.

Christ

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Audio Video Mk 8:27-30 & Phil 2:5-11

Jesus asks his disciples two questions: one about how others perceive him, and one about what they themselves think of him. Then as now, there is often a sharp discrepancy between what the world says of Jesus and what he really means to those who follow him.