"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

"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

"Freedom in Christ Lived Out"

GALATIANS 6

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Considering all angles and looking across the entire letter of Galatians it becomes clear that Paul is trying to help his reader to understand “freedom in Christ” as synonymous with “freedom to include,” in that ultimately, the way of Jesus gives us the vision, and the Spirit of God gives us the strength—to bear the burdens and experience the joy of forming Christian community across differences. And, by “differences” I mean differences of opinion on secondary theological matters, different approaches to worship and community, and ultimately the crucible of differences of human identity.
— Dan Collison

"The Crucible of Equality"

GALATIANS 3:26-4:31

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…the idea of freedom in Christ developed throughout the entire letter of Paul to the Galatians clears that way for equality to exist across human difference. And, Christ followers are urged to courageously struggle with our human prejudices, and our religious traditions, in order to create common life together as equals in Christian community and in broader society.
— Dan Collsion

"The Religious Struggle for Freedom"

GALATIANS 2

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Our Christian religious traditions will inevitably experience conflict and reformation when there is an awakening of conscience that cultural expressions, rituals, and theologies exclude a group of people.
— Dan Collison