Fourth week in a six-week series called Grace-Filled Way of Life. At the end of this chapter how the Triune God is imaginative and creative and wants us to live into that place and space. And that God’s creativity and imagination go beyond our own thoughts, ingenuity, and language. So many things are possible. In this episode, we dive deep.
Third week in a six-week series called Grace-Filled Way of Life. This particular section of the Letter to the Ephesians feels hopeful. We hear how Jesus died not just for our sins but to tear down the walls that divide us in order to bring peace to the world. They are hopeful words about grace, unity and peace and that somehow we are stronger together.
Second week in a six-week series called Grace-Filled Way of Life. We go deep into how the Letter to Ephesians affects us when we discuss big questions about grace, diversity, dividing walls, brokenness and the larger Christian community. We talk about what it means to be saved by the grace of Jesus and not by our own works, achievements or successes.
First week in a six-week series called A Grace-Filled Way of Life, exploring the Letter to the Ephesians. This week, we explore the bigger questions of predestination, double-predestination and God’s will. What does all of this mean for our lives today. Our hope and prayer is that this conversation opens up space to ask the bigger questions, even if there are not specific and concrete answers to those questions. Asking questions is a part of our faith journey and our relationship to the Holy Trinity – God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
We are in the final week of a six-week series called Lost and Found. We continue to explore how the promises of God are fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus through the lens of the Gospel of Luke. In this series, we look at some of the parables of Jesus as well as his death and resurrection. These stories are mixed with immense grief, loss, celebration and joy. We discover that the very character of the Triune God is about restoration and reconciliation of relationships. For what has been lost has been found.
In this episode, we explore the story known as “The Road to Emmaus.” This story wraps up the themes of journey, hospitality and table fellowship, and scriptural fulfillment. It also foreshadows the events in the Book of Acts when Philip encounters an Ethiopian eunuch. It also has echoes of the Last Supper and the feeding of the thousands. The travelers on the way to Emmaus from Jerusalem, following Jesus’ death, join the voices of the women and testify to his resurrection. However, before they can get to that point, they must see beyond his crucifixion to the acceptance and reality that Jesus’ ministry continues and that he is the redeemer for all people.
Week 5 of a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. This week, we continue to explore the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity or Triune God. We dive back into the Book of Acts to see what the Holy Spirit is up to this time. As Paul and Timothy and Silas begin traveling again, this time to bring the Council of Jerusalem’s decision about circumcision and other, for the lack of a better word, requirements to be a follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit prevents them for the time being, from traveling to where they thought they should go. Instead, the Holy Spirit says, “Go, There!” And it is in this new direction that Paul and Timothy and Silas meet the physician Luke and people like Lydia, Jason, Aquila and Priscilla and others who then go on to partner in the ministry of Jesus and share the Good News of his love and grace. What does this story tell us about the work and the character of the Holy Spirit? And who exactly are Lydia and Timothy? What do they teach us about the Holy Spirit’s interventions into the ministry of Paul and our ministry today as followers of Jesus?
Fourth week in a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. This week, we continue to explore the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity or Triune God through the lens of the Prophet Isaiah. Again, we find hope through the Spirit. But we also discover that through the Holy Spirit we experience the expression of grace from a just and faithful God. In this scripture, Rûah, the Spirit, the breath, the wind of God is the source of wisdom, integrity and truth. Rûah destroys the wicked, those that oppress others, not with swords and spears but with justice, equity, and faithfulness. Yet, we have to be careful in our reading of this text. The Holy Spirit does not create utopia. The Spirit will generate something more than just something of this earthly world. The Spirit will create justice for the poor and equity for the meek in a world broken and fraught with political peril. Often, we don’t name and notice the characteristics of justice and equity that the Holy Spirit has. Where else in the Old and New Testaments do you see this very character of the Holy Spirit being poured out to the world? And how does a new shoot from the stump of Jesse play into how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and in the lives of all people in this world?
Third week in a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. This week, we explore the Holy Spirit as God’s breath, spirit, and wind through the lens of the Prophet Ezekiel’s experience in the Valley of the Dry Bones. This breath, spirit, wind is called Rûah in Hebrew. Rûah is the divine animating force of life and new creation. Without it no life is possible. However, Rûah does and can create an experience in our lives that is upsetting, unnerving, and transporting and transforming. And yet, Rûah bring life beyond limits and hope beyond dreams. To the people of God who were exiled and living in captivity in Babylon, this story, this experience of the Prophet Ezekiel brings them hope. Hope that they will be restored once again as a people of God. Hope of new life. Hope and knowledge that God’s presence is still with them. So where do you see Rûah, the spirit or breath of God, working in your life and in the lives of others? How does this very character of the Holy Spirit bring you hope?
Second week in a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. This week, we explore the Holy Spirit. Over the next several weeks, we will take a deep dive into who the Holy Spirit is and the Holy Spirit’s characteristics. And we will attempt to get at your bigger questions of how does the Holy Spirit work in and through our individual and communal lives. Today, through the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we explore things like creation, climate change, hope, and the Holy Spirit as a bridge. The Holy Spirit bridges the gap between our present status and our future deliverance. And we discuss how the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t have the words to say. How does is the Holy Spirit involved in our prayer life both individually and corporately? And we explore the bigger question, what does it mean when we say that the Holy Spirit is love woke within our hearts?
Week 1 of a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. This week, we explore the Holy Trinity. What exactly is the Holy Trinity or Triune God? We have been taught that God consists of three-parts or three-persons (depending on how you were taught). Those three-persons we have come to know as God the Father, Mother, Creator or by other names, Jesus as Son, Savior, Redeemer, Messiah, and the Holy Spirit, advocate, sanctifier. So how does the Holy Trinity relate within itself and how are we included? What does our relationships with the Trinity look like? These are really big questions that often leave us with more big questions than answers. If you are like me, the Trinity, and especially the Holy Spirit, seemed more like a mystery, a puzzle to be solved when in fact we have no words to adequately describe this Triune God.