"Humility: True or False"


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I don’t remember many… SPECIFIC moments from SPECIFIC sermons… BUT,
One that I DO remember well, is when a pastor said…
“How many people here struggle with pride?
NOW… before you answer too quickly,
a wrongly ordered “pride” can mean one of TWO things…
-Either you think too highly of yourself OR too little of yourself…
EITHER WAY, it’s all about YOU!!!!!!!
— Bruce Balgaard

"A Trembling Trust"

JOEL 2:1-2, 12-17

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I’ll say it again: The beautiful tragedy of God’s Livingness in our midst is that the encounter with it usually, maybe always, involves some form of undoing. Maybe the “fear and trembling” we’re supposed to have as we work out our salvation and pray for the Day of the Lord just means keeping this basic truth in sight.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Set Free to Share Freedom"

MARK 1:29-39




The Gospel of Mark Chapter one more broadly, and today’s verses 29-39 more specifically, invite us to remember that we are set free to share freedom. And, that the work of Christ followers sharing freedom includes resisting evil and being a healing presence in our homes, our churches, and our communities.
— Dan Collison

"What do I do when I am unjustly persecuted by my religion?"


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One of the functions of community is to remind us of exactly that, that none of us are beyond correction. We can love each other and disagree but if our disagreements are rooted in keeping some people oppressed, there is no foundation for love.
— Saran Sidime

"The Complexities of Applying Grace to Everyday Life"


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Scripture is as much a revelation of God for our lives as it is a multi-form mirror to the larger human experience, and so it is our discipline to use difficult texts to open important conversations that help us develop a more holistic and life giving relationship to our holy texts while we also wrestle with the complexities of applying grace to everyday life. Even more, today’s text affords us the opportunity to learn how to read holy Scripture and discern the difference between timeless wisdom and time bound convention.
— Dan Collison

"Grace Changes Us"


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This is the beauty of grace...grace that changes us- that opens us to love, to the world, to each other. It is grace that changes how we live, how we love, and how we are together. It is grace that invites us to be grown and calls us forth for love and the mystery and promise of Christ is this- you are, we are beloved members of one family of a God who loves and heals, and holds and restores us all.
— Sara Wilhelm Garbers

"Keeping Awake"


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…if we are willing to go deeper than the Y2K like scaremongering of media and publishers who sell hype and books and religious fundamentalists who sell fear and survival food…we will learn that Christ’s command to “watch for his return” is principally about being fully awake in the present and with clear minded courage choosing to imitate Christ’s incarnational self-emptying for the sake of love.
— Dan Collison

"Preparing to Receive"

MALACHI 3:1-4; MARK 1:1-8

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...this call to prepare the way of the Lord, is really an invitation into your own soul! It is an invitation to look truthfully within yourself, to acknowledge and attend to all that is real and true within, the fear and falsity, the hunger and hope. Because all of it, if we are vulnerable enough to allow, will point us toward that which is breaking forth, toward this Holy One who arrives not only as Holy other, but as Hope within, and as Love that both enfolds and dwells deep inside us.
— Todd Bratulich

"Love That Surpasses Knowledge"


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Here in this new community of people who used to be divided...that’s where God shows up. That’s where the mystery and the power of the gospel of grace is found. That this human community, yes even our human community, is where God shows up—in the midst of our diverse differences.
— Sara Wilhelm Garbers

"Grace as Gift"


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…just as our teaching series on Galatians spent six weeks on “freedom in Christ” as if we were turning a precious gem to get different viewing angles, so will the series on Ephesus be like taking different viewing angles on the gem of grace. Today’s angle invites us to view grace as gift and a way of live that our creator infused into the human experience and confirmed in Christ.
— Dan Collison

"Freedom in Christ Lived Out"


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Considering all angles and looking across the entire letter of Galatians it becomes clear that Paul is trying to help his reader to understand “freedom in Christ” as synonymous with “freedom to include,” in that ultimately, the way of Jesus gives us the vision, and the Spirit of God gives us the strength—to bear the burdens and experience the joy of forming Christian community across differences. And, by “differences” I mean differences of opinion on secondary theological matters, different approaches to worship and community, and ultimately the crucible of differences of human identity.
— Dan Collison

"Freedom in Christ Defined"


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What reconciliation and redemption mean, rebirth and Holy Spirit, love for one’s enemies, cross and resurrection, what it means to live in Christ and follow Christ, all that is so difficult and remote that we hardly dare speak of it anymore. In these words and actions handed down to us, we sense something totally new and revolutionary, but we cannot yet grasp it and express it. This is our own fault. Our church has been fighting during these years only for its self-preservation, as if that were an end in itself. It has become incapable of bringing the word of reconciliation and redemption to humankind and to the world. So the words we used before must lose their power, be silenced, and we can be Christians today only in two ways, through prayer and in doing justice among human beings. All Christian thinking, talking, and organizing must be born anew, out of that prayer and action.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The Crucible of Equality"

GALATIANS 3:26-4:31

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…the idea of freedom in Christ developed throughout the entire letter of Paul to the Galatians clears that way for equality to exist across human difference. And, Christ followers are urged to courageously struggle with our human prejudices, and our religious traditions, in order to create common life together as equals in Christian community and in broader society.
— Dan Collsion

"The Three-legged Stool of Law, Faith, and Promise"


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You don’t need to look outside of yourself to accomplish or obtain what you already are! You are God’s children, you are Beloved, you are included, the promise is yours and you can know it by faith!
— Todd Bratulich