Wisdom for an Urban Congregation

"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