The Company We Keep: Empathy and Reading the Bible Together (Acts 8)

This is the message I gave this past Sunday. _THE B.I.B.L.E. The Bible is, for better or for worse, one of the most influential documents in the history of the Western World. We sit here together in worship this morning largely because of the Bible. Many of us have grown up hearing the stories, memorizingContinue reading “The Company We Keep: Empathy and Reading the Bible Together (Acts 8)”

The Res. Community Pt. 4: The Last Breakfast, or First Potluck (John 21)

This is the message I gave that is a part of a longer series on the resurrection community from a few weeks back. _The last breakfast on the beach Post Easter we’ve been talking about the res. appearances of Jesus. We thought it would be interesting to see what Jesus’ appearances have to say aboutContinue reading “The Res. Community Pt. 4: The Last Breakfast, or First Potluck (John 21)”

GMO OMG! Jeremy Seifert’s New Sizzle Real

My friend Jeremy Seifert, the guy behind the popular documentary Dive!, which I have reviewed here in the past, is beginning work on a new documentary about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). I am really excited about the new project and have posted it a few times in various places, but I haven’t shared the “SizzleContinue reading “GMO OMG! Jeremy Seifert’s New Sizzle Real”

_Introduction A couple weeks back we discussed how the resurrection community is a participatory community, that is that Jesus invited his disciples to bring some of their fish and add it to the pile that he brought. The work of the church is to be actively involved in participating in God’s ongoing work in theContinue reading

The Res. Community (Pt. 3): Success and The Famous Catch of John 21

This is the third part in a five-part series looking at the final resurrection appearances of Jesus in the book of John. The text this morning is the first part of John 21. _intro There’s a lot of silliness in this passage. It would be easy to write a farce on this passage: Not knowingContinue reading “The Res. Community (Pt. 3): Success and The Famous Catch of John 21”

Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me: Howard Thurman (Prayer)

I was recently given a prayer book from a friend in our meeting called Prayers from the Heart by Richard Foster. ((Books in this post use an affiliate code to a local, independent bookstore close to where I live in Portland.)) It’s a lovely collection of prayers, and the other day I came across thisContinue reading “Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me: Howard Thurman (Prayer)”

Celebrating Our Interdependence (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)

This is the text to the message I gave on July 3, 2011. _intro: (dis)membership I was reading in a magazine called the Christian Century the other day and they recently put out an issue that deals with issues related to church membership. The title of the main article is: “The Dismembered Church: Attending WithoutContinue reading “Celebrating Our Interdependence (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)”