When Freedoms Collide

06/26/2022 – When Freedoms Collide “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” At a conscious level, most of us desire the freedom Christ wants for us. But just underneath our knowing and awareness, we are absorbing and living out a distorted version...

“From Baptist to Anabaptist”

06/19/2022 – “From Baptist to Anabaptist” Ekklesia has long been a place of healing for wounded people. Sometimes even for wounded pastors. This Sunday, we have the privilege of hearing Pastor Josh’s story. A former Baptist pastor, he will be sharing...

Wisdom is Calling, but No One is Listening

06/19/2022 – Wisdom is Calling, but No One is Listening If wisdom is calling on the heights and at the crossroads (Proverbs 8), and if the spirit of Christ is guiding us into all truth (John 16), it seems that no one is listening. No one is paying attention. None of...

Pentecost

06/05/2022 – Pentecost What is Pentecost? Why would tongues of fire show up on that day? Our services are streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel (https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube). Join us Sundays online at 10:45am. To watch the archived live-streamed version...

The Way it Is

05/22/2022 – The Way it Is Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29; John 5:1-9. “The way it is” in our world is often in conflict with how it should be and how it will one day be. Looking at three of today’s lectionary...

We Talking ‘Bout Practice

05/15/2022 – We Talking ‘Bout Practice Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35. “We talking bout practice!?!?!” This week is the 20th anniversary of Allen Iverson’s “practice” rant. It is also the 2000-something-th...

The Folly and Great Wisdom of Sheep

05/08/2022 – The Folly and Wisdom of Sheep Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30. Scripture uses a lot of Shepherding imagery to describe our relationship to God, but also to call out our tendency to act like sheep. To act foolishly and against our...

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

04/17/2022 – He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! AHe is Risen. He is Risen indeed! Sometimes places tell stories. The geography of Jesus’ journey on Holy Week can teach us a lot about God’s Kingdom and about the significance of Mary Magdalene’s presence...