Church is a verb

"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

"Navigating Liminality"

1 Thessalonians 2 & 3

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We live “between worlds.” We’re citizens of grief’s country, for our Beloved is yet to come in fullness, and there is sadness and evil and worry and death all around. But we’re citizens of hope’s country, too. We declare this citizenship each and every time we turn our eyes, brimming with tears, toward the unknown horizon where we dare to trust that those tears will one day be wiped away (Rev. 21:4). And so here we are in the middle—between grief and hope, absence and presence. It’s been this way from the beginning. 
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Encourage one another"

1 Thessalonians 1

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My hope is that we don’t merely talk about church, but that these texts stir us to be the church, to do that which makes our life together as a community of faith vital and essential to our lived experience of faith, as we are drawn together by our shared love of Christ and called to bear witness to the love of God we find in Christ in our world.
— Todd Bratulich