"Revisiting cultural norms"

1 Peter 2:13-3

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Why study Scripture that has been used for evil? Speaking from the posture of being a white straight male in power who passionately seeks to deconstruct my archetype and be an ally to all who are marginalized—our purpose is to awaken to the subversive and liberating work of God that has always challenged human abuses of power (whether coming from our diverse holy texts and religious traditions or coming from popular and political voices), to learn how to do this from Christ, the ultimate subversive liberator, and ultimately live a Christ-i-an narrative that is generous, just, compassionate, merciful, and grace-filled.
— Dan Collison

"Sometimes it hurts"

James 5:7-20

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The Jesus story tells us that our woundedness is not our weakness, it is our superpower. Our woundedness and our suffering is our superpower against the cycles of violence if we allow it to be our teacher.
— Dan Collison

"Is that how it's gonna be?"

James 4:13-5:6

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Our lifetimes are not things to be clutched and controlled, but gifts to hold loosely, gifts in which to learn how to better and better relate to God and each other. When we become certain about and fixated on our private ambitions, we can so easily forget the gift character of life.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"A non-judgemental outlook"

James 3:13-4:12

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The path of humility, the way of yielding, the downward path is the path that leads to transcendence, to rising above the envy, judgement, selfishness and violence. In descending, one finds that Spirit which God has caused to dwell within us is already present, providing us with new tools for the journey, tools of peace and patience, sincerity and impartiality, kindness and mercy.
— Todd Bratulich

"Indiscriminate Love"

James 2

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When we love indiscriminately, then we live in God, and God lives in us. When this is the case, there is no longer any dichotomy between “faith” and “works” because our actions are expressions of the creed we profess, and the creed we profess finds utterance in our actions.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"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