Looking at the passage in Acts about Ananias and Sapphira Rev. Adam talks about what it’s like and what it means to become ghosts to each other and how we can find ways to stay present.
What does it look like to live life together abundantly? The earliest Jesus followers didn’t just talk about community and the common good, they lived it.
Looking around the broader church, it often feels like people want to go backwards to a glorious past. When it comes to Jesus folks, however, we aren’t trying to get back to some perfect past in the 1950s or 50 AD. What we’re doing is faithfully walking with the Christ into the unfolding hope and promise of the future. It’s a two steps forward one step back journey down the spiral way.
Which means as we stand on the shoulders of those saints that have gone before us - in our own lives and in the global community - we carry forward the best parts of our shared tradition, while also packing lightly for the journey ahead.
Brit Barron, pastor at New Abbey in Los Angeles and Spiritual Director of The Christian Closet, spent the weekend in Portland with her wife Sami. Sharing time with them was an incredible gift to our community and Brit’s message encourages us about our role in the healing and repair of our world - right here and now.
Jesus sent his friends out two by two to turn the world upside down in order to invite it to get rightside-up. Sure, it was all about big ideas like love, healing and inclusion, but it was worked out in the small ordinariness of life together. That’s the thing about this whole Christ story, it’s about community and action going hand in hand. Join us this Sunday at 11am as we kick off our new series, “Ubuntu: I am because we are.”
Thoughts from Rev. Adam after being arrested along with 20 other clergy during an interfaith protest this week.
Editors Note: Before Adam spoke we watched the following YouTube video - where the audio starts Adam is talking about being detained as a result of his arrest during the protest.
Amidst the movement, the disruption, the highs and lows how do we simply be and know? We’re gonna get into that this Sunday at 11am.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know.
“The gospel, then, is not a message about the salvation of individuals from the world, but news about a world transfigured, right down to its basic structures.” - Walter Wink
Jesus saw a fierce urgency in the now. Radical presence. Radical being. Radical breath. Radical action. He talked about the division in our kingdoms and houses. So they all said he must be possessed by the Devil or beside himself. Nah. He was just binding and loosing.
Everyone hears voices of shame, temptation and misdirection. It even happened to Jesus when he danced with the Adversary in the desert while on prayer and retreat. What do we do when we hear these voices inside our head and at the depths of our being?
One day King David held a census in the land. The Bible says God inspired him to do it. In a different part of the Bible, it says Satan made him do it. Which is right? Listen to find out.
*note that the quality is not as good as we normally have. Sorry about that.
“Have you considered my servant Job?” He was God’s guy and he had it all. Until God sent an Adversary into his life and he lost and lost and lost. How do we respond when we or a loved one suffers? This one’s about living the good life amidst the darkness.
In her book "A Circle of Quiet," Madeleine L'Engle writes "Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by."
I think real deal evil is all around us. When it comes to babies being snatched from their loved one's arms and put into detention centers or when it's addiction dragging our loved ones down in a sea of despair, we see a tragic denial of human flourishing.
The Jesus story goes like this: there is an immense amount of darkness in the world, but there is a light that shines brighter, and a love that is bigger than anything in its way.
To put it differently: when it comes to following Jesus, it's not a fair fight for evil - because love wins, the stone has been rolled away and resurrection life has the final word!
So what do we do with Satan and the idea of the devil in our Scriptures? Faithful people for millennia have had a lot of different ways to approach this odd adversarial character - and we're going to dive right in and talk about it so that we might talk about how we as a people might deal with the real deal devils in our midst.
Leroy Barber visits Christ Church with a word on healing the blind man on the sabbath reminding us that the sabbath is crucial, but life and miracles and work happens beyond the sabbath. #churchbeyondsundays
Hope is seeing beyond what we can see, knowing that the stone has been rolled away.
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” - Dorothy Day
Last Sunday Isaac Frank shared about the importance of the Trinity when we think about the nature of our own interdependent relationships with one another.
Star bellies, Levitical Laws and Pharisees.
*TRIGGER WARNING* This podcast contains information about self-harm and/or suicide which may be triggering.
Every Starbucks in the US was closed last week to talk about racial implicit bias after a white barista called the cops on two black customers simply waiting for their business partner.
This past Sunday we talked about Equality and why it is part of our ethos.
Hidden around us in plain sight are touchstones of wisdom and resilience. This Sunday we heard from Rev. Adam who’s back from his Iona pilgrimage. He’ll be sharing a two part talk on our story and it’s roots in a greater movement for all people and the planet