Season of Peace

Music has the profound ability to inspire us to move beyond our current circumstances. In the midst of a confusing and new situation, Mary reveals the strength of her devotion and faithfulness in song. Scholars have come to refer to her song as the Magnificat and serves as an example of the character of Mary […]

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Advent Season of Joy

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we remember the gift of joy that Christ brings. Born in a lowly barn, it would have been easy to miss the joy offered by Emmanuel, God with us. Are we so busy that we miss the moments of joy that God has […]

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Advent Season of Love

During this season of sentimental commercialism it’s easy to forget that loving someone is not always straight forward. Sometimes, in fact, when we act out of what we think is Love we hurt other people. The love of Christ is different because it is a love born out of confession. We confess that we do […]

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A Different Sort of Kingdom

As we end the church liturgical calendar year we focus different sort of kingdom God calls us to. While our culture compels us to spend and accumulate more for ourselves, Jesus reminds us to care for the marginalized. Our call as Christians is to the poor, to the weak, to the broken places because that […]

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Advent a Season of Hope

Advent means waiting. While the rest of culture is in full swing gearing up for Christmas, the birth of Christ, and all of the consumerism that goes with that celebration, the church is waiting. We are not waiting for the birth of Christ, we are waiting for the second coming of Christ, the realization of […]

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Unity Cuts Both Ways

As we close our sermon series journeying through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, we recognize the tangible implications of Paul’s words for our current cultural climate. There is much in society that divides us from one another and we can learn from Paul who tries to unite a similar divide. The challenge for […]

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Ethics of the Saints

When we look to the saints, we often place them on a pedestal. Saints are, after all, better than us, right? When we look at the lives of saints, they embody an ethic not of perfection but of humility and self-giving. The saints are people that see themselves as sinners in need of God’s grace […]

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The Race is Over

One of the challenges of our faith is how to view people who live their lives, and believe, differently than we do. Many people interpret Paul as condemning those that are different, but this interpretation overlooks the very basis of Paul’s mission. Paul’s entire mission to the Gentiles was to include a disenfranchised people into […]

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Don’t Judge You Judger

Most people read the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans as a prescription of the problem of sin. No one is without excuse because God has disclosed God’s laws and commandments in the order of creation. The way to God is Jesus, and that is it. The challenge, however, is that the first […]

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The Freedom of Grace

Grace, God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ, is not something we earn. Grace is a complete and utter gift.  Nothing we do earns God’s love for us, rather, we are caught up in God’s love. As such, the only thing that can change the love of God for us is our participation or reception […]

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