"Endurance has benefits"

James 1: 1-18

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What benefit is there for those who stand up for what is right and true and experience incredible loss for their act of love? The benefit is true freedom. Freedom to love everyone—which is true freedom to lack nothing because when you love completely, you lack nothing entirely.
— Dan Collison

"Some best practices for relationships in community"

Titus 3

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Awakening to the reality that we are first and foremost God’s beloved children and heirs is the Good News that makes grace-filled, loving community even possible! All the other stuff, the “do this” and “avoid that” is all merely an overflow of our deep and eternal belonging in God, which constitutes our deep belonging to one another and to all of God’s creation. Once you have that (which, by the way, is already yours) you have everything!
— Todd Bratulich

"Some thoughts on mentoring"

Titus 1-2

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Sometimes faith can only flower in us when we feel the weight of our freedom and the grace of God’s out-of-the-wayness. The Spirit, the ultimate Mentor, does sometimes “leave us behind in Crete” (Titus 1:5) with a messy situation, some general guidelines, and a whole lot of unknowns. But the absence is never total.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Look toward the growing edge"

2 Timothy 4

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Today’s Scripture reads as a combination of proclamation, final reflections and charge, anthem-like inspiration and personal farewell. And, in our reading and reflecting on today’s text, we are invited to ground our faith in a long view of time and invest our energies in the growing edge of the human experience.
— Dan Collison

"The life that really is life"

1 Timothy 5-6

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We’ve got to be able to say, “Wow. Right here and right now – this is good. I’m so deeply thankful to God that I get to be a creature and to have the gift of this wonderfulness.” This grateful joy is the contented Christian’s ground zero.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Nurture a life of depth"

1 Timothy 3-4

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When we each do our work to cultivate a life of depth, we more fully embody the spirit of Christ in how we serve one another in our ‘household’ of faith, and more brilliantly reflect the love of Christ in a world that is dying to hear and see some good news actually lived out!
— Todd Bratulich

"Discern between mis-steps, cultural differences, and timeless truths"

1 Timothy 2

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It is critically important for Christ followers to discern between mis-steps, cultural differences, and timeless truths in Scripture. And, it is just as important to recognize that harmful ethics based upon cultural differences and mis-steps require empathy fueled reverse engineering of our practices and systems.
— Dan Collison

"Know yourself"

1 Timothy 1

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…may we approach problematic ideologies and the violence humans do to one another grounded in a life giving understanding of “self,” a non-dual view of the “other,” and with a regular practice of self-care that helps us lead more resilient lives.
— Dan Collison

"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