Community that Endures

By Jordan Dollar

A sermon on Philippians 1:1-14

"Most Christian traditions suggest that it is very difficult to live a life of integrity apart from the support, encouragement, witness, challenge and celebration of a community. Community is, if you will, the medium in which so many other important things of the Gospel can happen. Community is an engine for peace, it is fuel for justice. We are made for each other. As a species we have always known we could not survive, could not flourish, without each other. Whatever is to prosper, grow, or multiply will only happen with the nourishment of people who are for each other in a significant way. . . ."     
          -Richard Rohr, meditation from May 10, 2018  

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A Revolutionary Spirit

By Kate Hanch

A sermon on Acts 17:16-31

If we use the book of Acts as a book about a revolutionary spirit of God, what does it mean that everything in the world is touched by (the spirit of ) God?  The beauty in that concept is that the spirit of God opens a common school for all.  It can include the scriptures, a creation story, but it can even include anything else that was created by God, including the heavens (astronomy) and philosophy.  "We are made of dust and bones, and yet you are also made of something called spirit. You are crammed full of a divine breath of life itself. You are an exotic cocktail of dust and soul, bone and spirit.”  ~Rob Bell.

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Touching Our Bodies

By Chris Fillingham

A sermon on John 20:24-29.

Your body is a guide for your soul.  Any shame we carry in our bodies cuts us off from the presence of God.  Your body is one of the primary ways you were created to encounter God. 

“The Christian goal isn’t to escape our body but to fully incarnate.  Our goal is not to escape earth, but see heaven invade earth.  Our body is not to live a fleshless eternity, but to see our flesh redeemed and restored.”  -Nate Pyle, author

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A Resurrection Imagination

By Chris Fillingham

An Easter sermon on John 20:1-18.

"Easter provides an opening to see our world and our lives in a totally different way.  It is a leap from a static world to a dynamic one.  Easter is beckoning you to reimagine all of the dead ends in our lives.  A resurrection imagination helps us to see what we thought was once a dead end is now actually an urgent and exciting pathway" – John O’Donohue (Irish Poet and Priest)

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