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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...

"We are a Christian community committed to growing in faith, serving in love, living in Christ, and extending God's gracious welcome to all."

With this series, we explore our new church identity statement piece-by-piece, developing a clearer sense of our purpose as a church and the work that God has called us to do in our community.

Christian Community

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Audio Video Acts 2:42-47 & 1 Peter 2:4-12

We are a Christian community, but what does that mean? It means more than just being a church; it means striving in our life together to embody the kingdom of God.

Growing in Faith

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Audio Video Matt 4:18-22 & Rom 12:1-8

In looking for disciples, Jesus is not looking for particular qualifications; he is only looking for those who are willing to respond, willing to follow, and willing to allow him to repurpose their gifts for the good of God's kingdom.

Serving in Love

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Audio Video Matt 25:31-46 & 1 John 4:7-12

When we serve in love, we don’t think about what we will gain or how we will benefit; we give freely of ourselves so that the love of God can be made perfect in us and be made known to the world.

Living in Christ

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Audio Video  Matt 5:13-16 & Phil 2:1-11

To live in Christ is to make an intentional decision not to allow our identity to be distorted or fragmented by the forces and pressures of the world, but instead to understand our purpose and find our identity in Christ, who led by example, emptying himself.

God's Gracious Welcome

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Audio Video  Luke 15:11-32

Jesus tells the story of a father and his two sons in order to illustrate the nature of God's gracious welcome, an embrace founded not upon moral performance but upon relationship—a relationship God is determined to maintain at any cost.

Extended to All

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Audio Video  Matthew 5:43-48 & 20:1-16

Our tendency to keep track of what we (and others) deserve very often puts us at odds with the gracious love and embrace of God. God knows exactly what we deserve, but has decided that it just doesn't matter. Can the church's welcome reflect such indiscriminate grace?