Last Words Article Count: 4
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 his own life, teaching, and purpose, but also our own experience of life before God.
20/20 Vision Article Count: 5
January 19 - February 23
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.
(Not Yet) Advent Article Count: 5
"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 and resounding "not yet." As we look at our lives, at the church, and at the world, we see evidence all around that God's work is not yet done. And so Advent points us beyond the fact that Jesus has already arrived to a second arrival that we have not yet witnessed: that of the kingdom of God, the completion of God's work in our lives and in the world.
James Article Count: 5
October 27 - November 24, 2019
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.
Dinner with Jesus Article Count: 6
September 8 - October 13, 2019
One thing about Jesus that we can be sure of is that he loved to eat. But for him, it was never about the food. Dinner with Jesus always had a larger purpose. Luke's gospel recounts several instances in which Jesus shared a meal with others, and each story reveals something to us about Jesus, the life of discipleship, and the kingdom of God.
7 Letters Article Count: 7
Before the author of the book of Revelation enters into the dramatic sections of his text, he calls out seven churches by name and addresses each of them in their particularity. Each church is in a unique situation which calls for a unique word from the author. These seven letters, though addressed to churches in the first century, can help illuminate the struggles and pitfalls of—and can be a source of hope for—the church in the twenty-first century.
Our Identity Article Count: 6
April 28 - June 9, 2019
"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.
Easter 2019 Article Count: 2
Long Story, Short Article Count: 5
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.
Ecclesiastes Article Count: 4
February 10 - March 3, 2019
The book of Ecclesiastes might be the only book in all of scripture that we read and think, "Why is this even in the Bible?" In spite of that, some of the ideas and the language present in this Old Testament wisdom text have woven themselves into popular culture in such a way as to become intimately familiar to many of us (though we may not realize that Ecclesiastes is their source). How can we come to terms with the cynicism and despair of this text, and how does the dim outlook of its author square with the good news of the gospel?