Entries by Chris

Those Who Dream – Week 3 of Advent (12.13.20)

Week 3 of Advent brings the theme of joy, something that has often felt in short supply this year. The lectionary text (Luke 1:39-55) invites us to consider how joy might find its beginnings in anticipation of what is to come; in faith and trust in a promise made.

Those Who Dream – Week 2 of Advent (12-6-20)

Those who dream God’s dreams not only heed the call to stay awake (week 1) but also to prepare the way. We look at Isaiah 40 and Psalm 85 (two of this week’s lectionary texts) and then reflect together what it might mean for us to make straight a highway for God.

Advent – Those Who Dream

Advent: coming, arrival As we read the stories about Christ’s first coming 2000 years ago, we discover a host of characters who received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. In some instances, these dreams were literal, coming while they slept. Other dreams were discovered in the course of everyday life.  Each time, […]

A New Humanity – Week 7 (11.15.20)

We’ve been talking a lot about love – love of our neighbor, love of enemy. This week we consider love from a different angle, viewing as a creative force for redemption. What would it mean to love creatively? What new, innovative ways do we need to think about love?

A New Humanity – Week 5 (11.1.20)

Those we disagree with — those who offend us — those who are our ‘enemy’ — create great discomfort, unease and even hurt. And it seems quite human to try to avoid these things when they arise; to do our best to wall ourselves off from the discomfort. But what would happen if we did […]

A New Humanity – Week 3 (10-18-20)

This week we lean into Luke 10:25-35 and Christena Cleveland’s book, Disunity in Christ, to consider the ways we categorize each other, how it causes so much damage, and a possible alternative as we work to live into God’s new humanity.

A New Humanity – Week 2 (10-11-20)

Last week we considered our shared identity as a starting point for loving our enemies. This week, we build on that identity by considering the call to humility. What does humility look like? What might we do and say if we embodied humility more greatly?

A New Humanity – Week 1 (10-4-20)

A new series begins this week. Together, we’re asking questions and seeking answers to how we can embody the new humanity that Christ set in motion through his life, death and resurrection. We’re not sure there’s anything more relevant or important in our crazy, hostile and divided world. Ephesians 2:14-15 and Genesis 1:26-28

Rest for Your Soul – Week 1 (9.6.20)

We begin our month long look at Matthew 11:28-30 – three well known verses that perhaps offer us precisely what we need at this moment. But the invitation must be received. We must first admit that we are in need of rest.

The Trees are Talking – Week 3

Elliot leads us in a conversation on quantum mechanics. Yep. You heard right. We consider how something like a photon, which is both a wave and a particle, might help us think differently about many things in our complex world.

The Trees are Talking – Week 2

Elliot leads us through the incredible process of a star’s death, which gives way to the building blocks of life. This awe-inspiring cycle is what we see throughout creation. Life coming after loss and death. Resurrection. What might this mean for us in our day to day lives?

The Trees Are Talking – Week 1

We begin a four week series looking at incredible aspects of creation, and what they have to teach us about our lives together. This first week’s takeaway: Don’t be a Western Cedar. Note: the first few minutes were not recorded. You can find more about the research we talked about at first by watching this […]

Message 7-5-20

We took a week to look at a story we have likely heard of before from Luke 9: the feeding of the 5000 and what it might have to say to us in this moment.