"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Set Free to Share Freedom"

MARK 1:29-39

 

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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

"The Complexities of Applying Grace to Everyday Life"

EPHESIANS 5:1-6:9

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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 as Gift"

EPHESIANS 2

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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