"Debate theological matters"

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:28

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…because of the wasteland of controversy surrounding today’s Scripture we need to consider a larger conversation. The larger conversation is about ways we can learn to approach the big questions of religion and the human experience with a spirit of unquenchable curiosity about the questions and unwavering encouragement for one another across our different opinions about the big questions.
— Dan Collison

"Please God by loving one another"

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

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One of the most compelling aspects of the historic Covenant tradition, and that which can offer us all great help in this moment, is to live according to pietistic Christian practice. Pietism places its focus on a way of life more than a system of beliefs or doctrines. Its less about what we think about God, and more about how we relate to God and what we do in God’s name.
— Dan Collison

"Navigating Liminality"

1 Thessalonians 2 & 3

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We live “between worlds.” We’re citizens of grief’s country, for our Beloved is yet to come in fullness, and there is sadness and evil and worry and death all around. But we’re citizens of hope’s country, too. We declare this citizenship each and every time we turn our eyes, brimming with tears, toward the unknown horizon where we dare to trust that those tears will one day be wiped away (Rev. 21:4). And so here we are in the middle—between grief and hope, absence and presence. It’s been this way from the beginning. 
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Encourage one another"

1 Thessalonians 1

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My hope is that we don’t merely talk about church, but that these texts stir us to be the church, to do that which makes our life together as a community of faith vital and essential to our lived experience of faith, as we are drawn together by our shared love of Christ and called to bear witness to the love of God we find in Christ in our world.
— Todd Bratulich

"Know there are no outsiders"

COLOSSIANS 4:2-18

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Empathy is the capacity to recognize the emotions and experiences of another person. And, empathy may be the most important ethic of Christ followers for today in that most of the gaps that exist in segregated Christian communities, and segregated larger society will be transformed by deeper empathy for everyone.
— Dan Collison

"Remember that the separate self is the problem"

COLOSSIANS 3:1-17

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Many Christians in our time acknowledge that our religious movement is adrift from its core purpose and mission—the core mission of reminding everyone everywhere that in and through the unique work of Christ they are loved by God and connected to one another, and, are to love God and love one another across human difference because of the profoundly sacred deposit of God in everyone and everything.
— Dan Collison

"Become a person of substance"

COLOSSIANS 2:6-23

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...attend to that which is already true, be grounded in who you already are, and receive it all as a gift. As you do, you will find yourself not only having enough, but overflowing, abounding in gratitude and thanksgiving!
— Todd Bratulich

"Having the time of your life"

COLOSSIANS 1:24 - 2:5

                                  Virtual church with Andrea Hollingsworth preaching!

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Christianity stays healthy, and we Christians stay healthy, when we’re “having the time of our lives” – that is, when we’re staying attentive to divine time, and to our own placement in it. This is perhaps especially important during times of struggle or suffering. We need to be able to place ourselves well, so we don’t get lost in the push and pull of our fears and sorrows, our longings and graspings.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Keep Christ as Center"

COLOSSIANS 1:1-23

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It is important to recognize the multiplicity of traditions within the large canopy of Christian religion, and find freedom in keeping Christ and Christ’ teachings as preeminent in our Protestant and Covenant affirmation of the Centrality of the Word of God.
— Dan Collison

"Journey to the other side of grief"

JOHN 20:1-18

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Easter is the epicenter of God’s redefinition of the human experience and it is also a marker of tender moments where love is attached to our names and we are given courage to walk our own unique paths, including journeying to the other side of grief to new life.
— Dan Collison

"The Downward Path"

JOHN 13:1-17, 31b-35

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It’s at the intersection of the the down and the up, where the pain of loss and the hope of new possibility meet, where love and rejection, betrayal and intimacy collide… these are the spaces where we are invited to follow Jesus on his seemingly downward path, and participate in the fullness of our humanity, only to find that the down and the up are working together to make us whole.
— Todd Bratulich

"How can I stop worrying so much?"

PHILIPPIANS 4:10-23

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…we do well to acknowledge how toxic worry really is and seek to reduce it by limiting our assumptions, learning to accept all possible outcomes, and saturating all of life with gratitude and generosity.
— Dan Collison

"Out of Breath in the Marathon Life"

PHILIPPIANS 3

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What does pressing toward the goal of the “heavenly call of God” look like for women who live their lives in a cloud of physical and mental exhaustion generated from the demands of their multiple and ever-proliferating daily responsibilities?
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"What if I don't feel I can trust anyone?"

PHILIPPIANS 2:12-30

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Philippians chapter two gives us a compelling picture of the real work of building trusting relationships. Its committing to a careful, cultivating, repeated practice of seeing one another, honoring one another’s stories and differences, learning together, and forgiving one another continuously as we seek to live Christ’ healing narrative.
— Dan Collison

"Humility: True or False"

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11

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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