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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 1 Out of Egypt   Audio Video
January 8  God Doesn't Do Fractions  (Sherry Foster, guest preacher) Audio Video
January 15  Keeping Your Eye on the Prize  (Rick Peters, guest preacher) Audio Video
January 22  What a World  Gospel and Empire Audio Video
January 29  Reconciler-in-Chief  Gospel and Empire Audio Video
February 5  The Law Disarmed  Gospel and Empire Audio Video
February 12  Shadow and Substance  Gospel and Empire Audio Video
February 19  Life Together  Gospel and Empire Audio Video
February 26  Radical Submission  Gospel and Empire Audio Video
March 5  Prayer  My Heart Cries Out Audio Video
March 12  Confession  My Heart Cries Out Audio Video
March 19  Anger  My Heart Cries Out Audio Video
March 26  Comfort  My Heart Cries Out Audio Video
April 2  Trust  My Heart Cries Out Audio Video
April 9 (Palm Sunday)  All Glory Laud And Honor  (Eldon Beery, guest preacher) Audio Video
April 13 (Maundy Thursday)     Audio   
April 14 (Good Friday)    (Fr. Paul Castelli, guest preacher) Audio  
April 16 (Easter Sunday)  Praise  My Heart Cries Out Audio Video
April 23  The Two Prodigals  (Richard Henderson, guest preacher) Audio  Video
April 30  Abundance in Creation  The Abundance of God Audio  Video
May 7  Abundance of Grace  The Abundance of God Audio Video
May 14  Stewardship of Abundance  The Abundance of God Audio Video
May 21  Music Sunday   Audio Video
May 28  Abundance of Hope  The Abundance of God Audio Video
June 4  Playing with Fire   Audio
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June 11  The Great Omission   Audio Video
June 18  Technology and God  (Youth Takeover) Audio Video
June 25  No Shame  (Kirt Anderson, guest preacher) Audio Video
July 2  Ruth: The Foreigner  Women of the Bible Audio Video
July 9  The God of Miracles  (Rick Peters, guest preacher) Audio Video
July 16  Rahab: The Traitor  Women of the Bible  Audio Video
July 23  Esther: The Queen  Women of the Bible Audio Video
July 30  Jesus Welcomes Outsiders  Women of the Bible Audio Video
August 6  Mary & Martha: The Hosts  Women of the Bible Audio Video
August 20  Lydia, Phoebe & Priscilla: The Church Ladies  Women of the Bible Audio Video
August 27  Women of Parable  Women of the Bible Audio Video
September 3  Mary: The Mother  Women of the Bible Audio Video
September 10  Here I Stand  Always Reforming Audio Video
September 17  Grace Alone  Always Reforming Audio Video
September 24  Faith Alone  Always Reforming Audio Video
October 1  Christ Alone  Always Reforming Audio Video
October 8  Scripture Alone  Always Reforming Audio Video
October 15  To the Glory of God Alone  Always Reforming Audio Video
October 22  Reformed  Always Reforming Audio Video
October 29  Always Reforming  Always Reforming Audio Video
November 5  To Live Is Christ  To Live Is Christ | Philippians Audio Video
November 12  The Same Mind  To Live Is Christ | Philippians Audio Video 
November 19  The Heavenly Call  To Live Is Christ | Philippians Audio  Video 
November 26  The God of Peace  To Live Is Christ | Philippians Audio  Video 
December 3 A New Word A New Thing Audio Video
December 10 A New Way A New Thing Audio Video
December 17 A New Welcome A New Thing Audio Video
December 24 (10a) A New Work A New Thing Audio Video
December 24 (9p) A New World A New Thing Audio Video