"Living the beliefs"

1 John 1:1 - 2:6

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…what I am noticing in John’s letters and what I am pleading for today is humility in the way we approach our systems of theology and boldness in the way we live our lives by following the obvious ways Jesus lived his life.
— Dan Collison

"The holy came near"

Luke 2:1-20

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…the entire point of Christmas is this—God demonstrating in the Christ Child and clarifying for all time everything in the cosmos is designed to ceaselessly dance between differentiation and communion, togetherness and difference, individuality and mutuality.
— Dan Collison

"For those who wait"

Micah 5:1-5a

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Maybe this is the promise. Not that everything will be fixed. Not that a peace from some external source will somehow make all the darkness go away... But rather, that from the place of exile, just when it feels like God has “given me up” or “given up” my community and my world, then God conceived within me and within each of us a hope, a longing which we are called to carry and labor into the world. Perhaps it is in the waiting, in the carrying, and in the labor that our salvation, our healing, our redemption comes.
— Todd Bratulich

"What then shall we do?"

Luke 3:7-20

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This Scripture is an important Advent text in that it helps us recognize that beyond John the Baptizer, the Incarnation of God was in part a corrective to the human problems of indifference, cruelty and greed. And, for those courageous enough to live their lives in the flow of Jesus’ compassion, mercy, and justice imperatives—we will recognize that we are given both a deep sense of purpose and a good measure of complexity.
— Dan Collison

"Loves and Labors"

Philippians 1:3-11

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May you know the glorious mystery that lives within the mundane. May awareness of this mystery grow in you, day by day, until the work is completed (Phil. 1:6) and you able to sense God always, a prayer without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"There will be signs"

Luke 21:25-36

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And the key paradox and Advent lesson for us in todays’ Scripture is that everything, from stars and worlds to our frail and aging bodies, is in a constant cycle of living, passing away and dying, and being reborn. And the coming of Christ as Incarnation, and the returning of Christ at the end of all things affirms that the cycle as embedded in a real and sustaining connection with the loving Creator of all living things.
— Dan Collison

"Participating in the divine nature"

1 Peter 5 - 2 Peter 1

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It is helpful to have a rational understanding and appreciation of who Jesus was as a teacher and work to live out what Jesus taught and modelled. But, in order to participate and be increasingly transformed by the divine nature of God throughout our whole being and on a day to day basis—we need to go farther and deeper, through faith, on the path of becoming more deeply connected to God. And as a result, more authentically formed into our best selves.
— Dan Collison

"Where is God in my ordeal?"

1 Peter 4:12-19

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Let’s get real. If we’re in the middle of intense adversity, often the highest “good” we can reach is to try to stay open to the divine invitations that may be there within the fire. To be a hero in affliction is sometimes just to do your blessed best to hang on and not close yourself to the Holy.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"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