"The parable of the seed growing secretly"

Mark 4:26-29

Our journey through the twenty-five parables of Jesus will invite us to many wonderings about ourselves and our world. We are to take courage when we are confounded and have some of our traditional—and in some cases false beliefs—dislodged from their place of settled-ness. And, in it all, anticipate joyful discoveries about Christ, about ourselves, and our world.
— Dan Collison

"Struggling through disagreements"

3 John

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…ultimately readers of this personal letter are left with a simple take away that is this: John had tremendous resolve and was willing to take the necessary risks to struggle through what he deemed an important disagreement until a breakthrough could be achieved. Resolve and risk in the face of uncertain outcomes was key to his approach.
— Dan Collison

"Becoming the Beloved"

1 John 4:7-21

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“…because God shows us and gives us complete and inexhaustible love and especially through all who Jesus is—all who follow Christ are to without reservation claim their belovedness, reflect their belovedness back to God with whole-hearted devotion, and outwardly show and give love to others completely and inexhaustibly as well.”
— Dan Collison

"Truing up the false self"

1 John 2:28 - 3:10

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Hands down, the most unhelpful false construct given to us either by our family systems or our religious systems is anything or anyone that says we don’t belong. That we are not good enough. That we “don’t make the cut.” John declared the truth in today’s text when he said that each of us are the children of God. We are loved. And, we belong. Do we believe this?
— Dan Collison

"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

"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

"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

"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