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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 Bible is full of stories, but these many and various vignettes together comprise one grand story: the story of God at work in the world. In our worship, study, and conversation, we often take this story as a given, but rarely do we consider it as a whole, from start to finish. This series attempts to do just that: to look at the whole story of God from beginning to end as presented by scripture. This story is the foundation upon which our life of faith, our acts of love, and our hope for the future are constructed.

Creation & Chaos

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Audio Video  Genesis 1:1-5, 26 - 2:3; 3:1-7

The creation narrative of Genesis depicts a God who takes chaos and disorder and brings about goodness and beauty. And God doesn’t just do this at the very beginning; God is still doing it today.

Covenant

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Audio Video  Gen 12:1-7 & Jer 31:27-34

After creation and the chaos of sin that follows, God enters into relationship with Israel through a series of covenants. These covenants shape Israel's understanding of their God and lay the groundwork for a radically new perspective on God's relation to all of humanity.

Christ

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Audio Video Luke 4 & John 3

The way that we understand Jesus depends largely upon how we tell the whole story of God. The trouble is, the way we have been telling this story very often reduces Jesus to just a piece of the puzzle, rather than elevating him as the center of the drama.

Church

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Audio Video 1 Cor 12:4-12 & Acts 1:6-11

At the ascension of Jesus, the disciples get caught staring up into heaven when they ought to have been looking at the world around them. The church is not a group of believers waiting for their ride home; the church is a group of people carrying on the work—and story—of God, which Jesus has re-framed with the language and imagery of the kingdom of God.

Consummation

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Audio Video Luke 19:28-40 & Rev 21:1-5a

As we come to the end of the story, we have to understand the conclusion to God's story in a way that honors the full narrative. The work of God remains consistent from beginning to end: it is the work of making all things new.