1/26/2020 – The Great Omission (Refresh 2020) – Part Four – Community
1/19/2020 – The Great Omission (Refresh 2020) – Part Three – Money / Generosity
1/12/2020 – Communion Moment led by Amy Freeman
1/12/2020 – The Great Omission (Refresh 2020) – Part Two – Jesus’ Kingdom Welcome
1/5/2020 – The Great Omission (Refresh 2020) – Part One – Discipleship
12/22/2019 – Advent Reflection on Love
12/22/2019 – The Women of Advent – Part Four – Bathsheba
12/15/2019 – The Women of Advent – Part Three – Ruth
12/08/2019 – The Women of Advent – Part Two – Rahab
12/01/2019 – The Women of Advent – Part One – Tamar
11/24/2019 – Gratitude – Part Three – The Myth of Emotions
11/17/2019 – Gratitude – Part Three – The Myth of Scarcity
11/10/2019 – Gratitude – Part Two – The Myth of Competition
11/03/2019 – Gratitude – Part One – The Myth of Happiness
10/27/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Eight – Servanthood
10/20/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Seven – Sabbath Rest
10/13/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Six – Generosity. The Entrance into God’s Kingdom Life
10/06/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Five – Community and Hospitality
09/29/2019 – Special 5th Sunday Worship Celebration with special guest Dr. Donna Coltrane Battle
09/22/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Four – Worship
09/15/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Three – Scripture
09/08/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part Two – Solitude and Silence
09/01/2019 – The Spirit of the Disciplines – Part One – An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines
08/25/2019 – The Unexpected Jesus – Part Four – Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
08/18/2019 – The Unexpected Jesus – Part Three – Jesus and the Little Children
08/11/2019 – The Unexpected Jesus – Part Two – Jesus and the Canaanite Woman
08/04/2019 – The Unexpected Jesus – Part One – The Great Banquet
07/28/2019 – Illustrated Compassion – Part Four – The One Who Had Compassion
07/21/2019 – Illustrated Compassion – Part Three – Lord, When Was It?
07/14/2019 – Illustrated Compassion – Part Two – You Were Immigrants
07/07/2019 – Illustrated Compassion – Part One – What is Good?
06/30/2019 – Racial Reconciliation and the Story of Zacchaeus.
06/23/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Eight – Resurrection.
06/16/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Seven – Love. You’re Doing it all Wrong.
06/09/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Six – The Body
1 Corinthians 12 – One of the most famous images in the New Testament is that of the church being the Body of Christ. This is an incredible image of unity and connectedness, a message we badly need in our culture. But in the context of the whole letter and the problems in Corinth, what else was this image trying to accomplish?
06/02/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Five – When Our “Wisdom” Fails
1 Corinthians 10:1-13. In this text, Paul warns the church at Corinth not to put too much confidence in their own wisdom. He also speaks a word about the the trials and sufferings God allows to come our way. And although this letter was written nearly 2000 years ago to a different audience, it has MUCH to say to us today.
05/26/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Four – Right and Wrong at the Same Time
1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 10:23-33. When Paul writes “everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial”, he is highlighting one of the great paradoxes of life: it’s possible to be absolutely right and completely wrong at the same time.
05/19/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Three – Choosing to be Wronged
1 Corinthians 6:1-11. Just like any church today, the church at Corinth wasn’t perfect. People got hurt. When this happens we are faced with a choice of how we will respond.
05/12/2019 – First Corinthians – Part Two – Seeing the World Differently
Before tackling questions and specific issues within the church at Corinth, Paul must first challenge the way the Corinthians see the world.
05/05/2019 – First Corinthians – Part One – Introduction
1 Corinthians 1:1-17. When one looks closely at the personality (and struggles) of the city of Corinth, it is not hard to see similarities to modern day America. This all makes Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians even more interesting to read.
04/28/2019 – Earth Day 2019
Psalm 19:1-4; 104:16-21; 50:10-11; 96:11-13. What would a scriptural Ecotheology look like?
04/21/2019 – Easter Sunday 2019 (and baptisms)
Romans 8:18-25. Easter Sunday and the already-and-not-yet Kingdom of God (plus baptisms)
04/14/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Seven – Paul
2 Corinthians 11:16-30. Paul offers a fascinating defense of his ministry and of what qualifies him for leadership – a defense that would disqualify him by human standards. But as is often the case, the Kingdom of God operates with a different set of metrics.
04/07/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Six – Anna and Simeon
Luke 2:22, 25-38. Anna and Simeon are very old at the time of Christ’s arrival … an arrival they were both awaiting for many years. There is something inspiring and needful for us all to learn from their example of living through disappointment and awaiting the arrival of something better.
03/31/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Five – Jeremiah
Jeremiah 29:1-14. The oft-quote promise of Jeremiah, that God has a plan to prosper us, is almost always taken out of context. A context of slavery and bondage. Perhaps we need to hear this text again for the first time, placing in its context and letting it speak into our greatly divided world.
03/24/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Four – Israel (in the desert)
Exodus 16:1-3, 11-21. The people of Israel witnessed a lot of spectacular events on their way to freedom. But the miracle of manna they experienced in the desert was markedly different from the miracles that brought them out of Egypt. What can we learn from this miracle?
03/17/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Three – Moses
Exodus 2:1-15. The life of faith will necessary include pain and hardship. There is no “direct flight” to wisdom and maturity. It requires passing through disorder and deconstruction. Moses was no exception.
03/10/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part Two – Joseph
Genesis 40:1-41:14. Most of the great characters of faith in the bible had long seasons of waiting and of seeming silence from God. Joseph in the Genesis story is no exception. Wrongly imprisoned, he spends two plus years in prison. How was Joseph impacted by this season of waiting? What can we learn from his example?
03/03/2019 – Are We There Yet? – Part One – Abraham and Sarah
Genesis 12:1-4; 17:1-17. All of faith takes place in this season of waiting — longing for the day when Christ sets all things to right. For those of us who don’t like to wait (i.e., all of us), what can we learn from the stories in the bible about patience? Perseverance? Waiting?
02/24/2019 – We Are All One – Part Four – Nor Is There Male and Female
Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Timothy 2:11-15. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul seems far ahead of his cultural stage when it came to views on race and gender and slavery. But yet, his first letter to Timothy seems so regressive and archaic. How do we reconcile this?
02/17/2019 – We Are All One – Part Three – Neither Slave nor Free
Galatians 3:26-29; Colossians 3:18-4:1. How do we reconcile Paul’s awe-inspiring words “there is neither slave nor free” alongside his enigmatic instruction, “slaves, obey your earthly masters”?
02/10/2019 – We Are All One – Part Two – Neither Jew nor Gentile
Galatians 3:26-28; Luke 10:25-27. When Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians, “there is neither Jew nor Gentile,” and when Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan, they are both addressing racism. Plain and simple. What do these texts have to say to us today?