U-turns Permitted
Jesus Is Savior

Jesus Is Savior

October 11, 2021

Today we explore what it means that Jesus is our Savior. From what do we need to be saved? “Salvation is not a transaction to get to heaven after death; rather, it is an experience of love and beauty and paradise even now.” (Diana Butler Bass)

Jesus as Teacher

Jesus as Teacher

October 4, 2021

Today we look at Chapter 2 of Diana Butler Bass' book "Freeing Jesus". Jesus as Teacher. As teacher he give "rules, tells stories, but most importantly he is a sage, who goes before us with his life to not only tell us how to live but show us how to live.

Jesus as Friend

Jesus as Friend

September 27, 2021

Today we look at the theme of friendship with God and Jesus, which is actually a fairly central theme in the Bible. What does friendship with God look like, and why do we struggle with friendship with God and with others?

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

September 20, 2021

Today we start our Fall '21 series called "Freeing Jesus", based on the book of the same title by Dr. Diana Butler Bass. In this introduction we look briefly at the history of the last 150 years in theology about Jesus, and, in this time of "deconstruction" and crisis, ask whether we will move away from Jesus or toward him.

Times and Seasons

Times and Seasons

September 13, 2021

As we remember 9/11 and start a new Fall Season, what do we do with the troubles, difficulties and disappointments in which we find ourselves, as well as the joys and victories we experience? Today we read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. the famous passage about Times and Seasons, to see if we might find some guidance there.

The Sequel to Acts

The Sequel to Acts

September 6, 2021

We conclude our series on the Book of Acts. The book ends quietly, with no bombast about evangelistic success, the influence of the church on its society, or the fear of marginalization or persecution and attempts to avoid it. Paul is in a quiet home, welcoming all who come to his table, speaking of the kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. It's almost as if the book demands a sequel that isn't there. Or is it? 

How to Live in the Midst of Empire

How to Live in the Midst of Empire

September 2, 2021

We look today at the story of Paul's journey to Rome, fraught with danger on a Roman ship carrying the prisoners and profit-making lifeblood of the Roman Empire. Luke shows us how we, as followers of Jesus, can live within that system and find God in what Jennings calls "gentile hospitality" and unusual kindness.

Paul’s Last Address to Empire

Paul’s Last Address to Empire

August 28, 2021

Today we listen to Paul's last words to Empire, as recorded in Acts 26, to King Agrippa specifically. The heart of his message is found in verses 17 & 18: Jesus wants to open their eyes, turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, for the forgiveness of sins and a place in the community of God's people.

Paul’s Last Confrontation with Jewish Nationalism

Paul’s Last Confrontation with Jewish Nationalism

August 16, 2021

Today we look at Acts 22 and 23, the story of Paul's last conflict with the Jews of Jerusalem and their leaders before he goes to Rome. He confronts their nationalism and offers them the hope that is bound up in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. What does this have to say about our nationalism and the tensions in which we live today?

Last Words

Last Words

August 9, 2021

Today we read Paul's last words to the elders of the Ephesian church. He knew he would not see them again. It is revealing to listen to what he said to them. What would you say in the same situation?

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