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Spirit of God

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon Christians gathered in Jerusalem and the Church was born. From that point forward, we have understood God's Spirit to be—in some mysterious, unquantifiable way—the animating force that guides, strengthens, and equips God's people to carry on...

Nothing Less

When it comes to hope, so often we either have too little or we place it in the wrong things. Some of us have trained ourselves not to hope, having been disappointed too many times along the way, and some of us have known feelings of despair for too long even to consider the possibility of real...

Exiles

The Christian church in the United States is living in a kind of exile: after centuries of enjoying social, cultural, and political power and influence, the church increasingly finds itself alienated from the centers of power that it once took for granted. Some see this as a crisis and seek a...

Enigma

There are stories about Jesus that we love to hear and to tell—stories of surprising compassion and radical love—and then there are those stories that don’t jibe with Jesus as we ordinarily imagine him. These stories present Jesus in a way that can be difficult for us to incorporate into the larger...

Home for the Holidays

Each of the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—approaches the story of Jesus in a unique way and with a different purpose and audience in mind. Entering into the world that each of these storytellers creates is like walking into someone’s home and encountering sights, sounds, and smells...

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...
Date Title Series     
January 27 Two Freedoms   mp3  
February 3 Overcoming Roadblocks to Sharing Our Faith   mp3  
February 10 A View from the Mountaintop   mp3  
February 17 Hunger for God   mp3  
February 24 A Warning and a Lament   mp3  
March 3 God in Our Midst   mp3  
March 10 Let's See How the Lost Are Doing (Paul Melrose, guest preacher) mp3  
March 17 Strength and Tenderness (Betsy Rice, guest preacher) mp3  
March 24 (Palm Sunday) The Lord Has Need of It (Allen Timm, guest preacher) mp3  
March 31 (Easter) Believing Is Seeing   mp3  
April 7 The Faith of a Doubter  Bryant's Favorite Texts mp3  
April 14 Faith from a Distance Bryant's Favorite Texts mp3  
April 21 The Foolishness of God Bryant's Favorite Texts mp3  
April 28 Unequal Opportunity Employer Bryant's Favorite Texts mp3 Video
May 5 The Day of the Lord Bryant's Favorite Texts mp3 Video
May 12 Thy Kingdom Come Bryant's Favorite Texts mp3 Video
May 19 (Pentecost) It Takes a Spark The Early Church mp3 Video
May 26 The Church's Honeymoon The Early Church mp3 Video
June 2 God, Whose Side Are You On? The Early Church mp3 Video
June 9 Losers, Loners, and Misfits The Early Church mp3 Video
June 16 God's Chosen Instrument The Early Church mp3 Video
June 23 Moving the Fence The Early Church mp3 Video
June 30 An Unknown God The Early Church mp3 Video
July 14 Bad Things to Good People The Book of Job mp3 Video
July 21 "God Is Testing You" (And Other Dangerous Lies) The Book of Job mp3 Video
July 28 Targeting God The Book of Job mp3 Video
August 4 The Words of Job Are Ended The Book of Job mp3 Video
August 18 Contending with the Almighty The Book of Job mp3 Video
August 25 Can We Call It Even? The Book of Job mp3 Video
September 1 Don't Throw the Preacher Over a Cliff (Kirt Anderson, guest preacher) mp3 Video
September 8 Pie in the Sky The Kingdom of God mp3 Video
September 15 Can I Go First? The Kingdom of God mp3 Video
September 22 In Caesar We Trust The Kingdom of God mp3 Video
September 29 Out of This World The Kingdom of God mp3 Video
October 6 A Little Warning, Please The Kingdom of God mp3 Video
October 13 Living into the Kingdom The Kingdom of God mp3 Video
October 20 Created for Community Christian Community mp3 Video
October 27 Love Is the Glue Christian Community mp3 Video
November 3  Can't We All Just Get Along? Christian Community mp3 Video
November 10 Life Giving Words (Paul Melrose, guest preacher) mp3 Video
November 17 Radical Hospitality Christian Community mp3 Video
November 24 Together for a Purpose Christian Community mp3 Video
December 1 The Lights of Christmas Idols & Icons of Christmas mp3 Video
December 8 Tree of Promise Idols & Icons of Christmas mp3 Video
December 15 Naughty or Nice? Idols & Icons of Christmas mp3 Video
December 22 Secret Santa Idols & Icons of Christmas mp3 Video
December 24 Who Is Coming to Town? Idols & Icons of Christmas mp3 Video
December 29 The New Normal   mp3 Video