What’s worth setting in stone? For the ancients it wasn’t just a couple breakable stone tablets. It was God’s fierce lovingkindness.
Reflecting on new intentions and a year ahead in the Hebrew Bible, diving into God’s story of steadfast love.
For our final Sunday in the sanctuary at historic First Christian Church we’re considering what it looks like to be our best embodied self with and for and by others.
The world’s hellbent focus on scarcity is not God’s dream of abundance for all of us.
Our dear friend Rev. Kazi Joshua shares with us on Matthew 23:1-12 and how it can relate to the life of the church as we embrace those welcomed into our community on this very special Sunday.
We continue talking about Paul's life and work by looking at the things he cared most about and how he expressed that.
Our dear friend Paula shares about Paul's shipwreck, and how it can inform how we look at current circumstances.
As Peter Enns says, the thing about Romans that Paul is trying to get across is that God has reset the whole thing in Christ and we all get to be involved in it. Hear why even Creation groans for this redemption because it’s all good and we all have a part to play.
Our friend Rev Amy J Rohler shares with us this week. More about Rev Amy:
Rev. Amy J. Rohler is the Executive Director of Community Helping Hands, a non-profit based in Jamestown, NY that helps low-income individuals and families with emergency needs for clothing and furniture, as well as providing opportunities for work experience and skill building for participants on public assistance. Rev. Rohler holds a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University, a Masters in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Masters of Divinity from North Park University. She moved to Jamestown in 2009 from New York City, where she and her husband co-pastored a church in the United Nations neighborhood. Although she was born in Oregon and lived there until she was 18, she has also lived in Seattle, WA; Sioux City, IA; New Haven, CT; North Branch, MN; Chicago, IL and New York, NY. Rev. Rohler has two children, ages 3 and 5. She loves reading, writing, being outside and community development.
One of the earliest Jesus followers named Paul had an encounter with the Christ that changed the whole thing - and you' d be surprised, perhaps, to hear that it was all about radical, beautiful inclusion - this cosmic message has implications for everyone of us living and resisting in a world that sometime's loses its way.
The Apostle Paul was blinded by the loving embrace of Jesus after spending his life doing some very, very bad things. So if Paul can be called out for Divine purposes, how might we be?
A fierce zealot, a man named Saul hunted down the first Christians. Some say signed off on their deaths. He eventually saw the light and became a ”Jewish Christ mystic” radically inclusive and active in building the first communities of The Way.
What does it look like to truly commit to something? Some say we may have commitment issues - but maybe it's just that we haven't been truly invited to commit to something grand. Join us as we close out our Simplewisdoms Summer series and hear about our commitments to one another and the city we're making as we lean into the next chapter of our shared journey.
Adam talks about steps we can take as we recognize the reality of white supremecy all around us
The audio in the middle of this sermon is from a piece called, “Slavery to Mass Incarceration” published by the Equal Justice Initiative. You can watch the video below which includes illustrations from Molly Crabapple.
White supremacy is hidden in plain sight around us - how will we do our part to dismantle it?
Isaac talks Ecclesiastes and that awkward moment between birth and death.