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Old and New Stories

Old and New Stories

5/19/2024 - Old and New Stories This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day the church celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter two. This is one of the stranger stories we encounter in the New Testament, but it turns out the symbols and phenomena in the...

Old and New Stories

Secrets of the Vine

5/5/2024 - Secrets of the Vine Our lectionary texts in the gospels last week and this week come from John 15. This remarkable chapter speaks about the nature of the Christian life through the metaphor of a vine and branches. What lessons can we learn about our lives...

Old and New Stories

Bakos and the Boundless Gospel

4/28/2024 - Bakos and the Boundless Gospel In Acts chapter eight, an early follower of Jesus (Philip) meets an Ethiopian Eunuch (Bakos) and begins to understand just how big and expansive God's boundless gospel actually is. The story challenges us to reconsider our...

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Laying Down Your Life

4/21/2024 - Laying Down Your Life Our lectionary texts this morning focus on Jesus as the good Shepherd who lays down his life. What does it mean to lay down our lives for others in our faith, and how can the many faithful people throughout history inspire us to do...

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When Shame Meets Jesus

4/14/2024 - When Shame Meets Jesus After a crippled is healed at the temple gate, a crowd surrounds Peter and John astonished at what has happened. Just a few months earlier, Peter had denied Jesus 3 times. What happened between that moment and this one? What can we...

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A Life of Togetherness

4/7/2024 - A Life of Togetherness Exploring the radical communal life of the early church in Acts, Pastor Greg discusses the possibility of modern Christians embracing similar togetherness in today's world. (Plus, we get to learn some peculiar facts about some of our...

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Recentering Easter

3/31/2024 - Recentering Easter We have arrived at a point in our culture where Christmas seems like the center of the Christian calendar. But it is not. Jesus' death and resurrection are always the center. Even the date of Christmas shows us that. Our services are...

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A Tale of Two Processions

3/24/2024 - A Tale of Two Processions Today's message explored the clash of processions entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday: one of imperial might, the other of humble love. Plus, we looked at Mark's unique gospel focus on Peter's missteps. How do these stories speak to...

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Seeds, Fruit, and Loving Your Life

3/17/2024 Seeds, Fruit, and Loving Your Life WAs Jesus interacted with people in the temple, and prepared for his impending death, he told a parable about a seed dying that gives birth to great life. He was hinting at his own death on the cross, but he was also...

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