This Sunday: Bringing it Home

August 19th, 2014 | John Chandler

We are talking about Bringing it Home this Sunday — not because we are nearing the end of Ephesians, but because that’s where this ancient letter will direct our attention. As Paul winds down this writing, he outlines how this whole resurrection thing might play out in our everyday relationships. If you have a chance this week, read over Ephesians … Read More

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This Sunday: Jeremy Courtney and Preemptive Love

August 12th, 2014 | John Chandler

This Sunday, August 17, we’ll host Jeremy Courtney from the Preemptive Love Coalition. The Preemptive Love Coalition has spent years working in Iraq to eradicate the backlog of children waiting in line for a lifesaving heart surgery in pursuit of peace between communities at odds. We’re excited to have Jeremy join us this Sunday for Liturgy as we hear his … Read More

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Sunday Preview: Wake up, Sleeper

August 5th, 2014 | John Chandler

This Sunday we’ll learn about the next chunk of Ephesians from our very own Ashley Blackwell. The first half of the book has been dedicated to lofty theological ideas. Ashley will move us deep into the second half of the book, where things get very practical. Here, the text gets intense and personal: For you were once darkness, but now … Read More

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This Sunday: what Life looks like

July 31st, 2014 | John Chandler

On Sunday, Chris Morton worked us through the last half of Ephesians 4, and a week from Sunday, Ashley Blackwell is going to take on the first half of Ephesians 5. Both of these sections are full of Paul’s bullet points for how we should live if the things he says in the beginning of this letter to an ancient … Read More

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This Sunday: APEST

July 15th, 2014 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we’re going to talk about an acronym that nerdy church leaders like me like to toss around: APEST. It comes from our passage in Ephesians for this week: And he gave the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Shepherds and Teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ… Paul … Read More

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This Sunday: Ephesians 4:1-16

July 9th, 2014 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we cross the halfway point in Paul’s letter to Ephesus as we move on to Ephesians 4:1-16. Now, it starts to get real as Paul settles three chapters worth of rich theological concepts into how they should look in every day life. As we’ll see together, practicing resurrection isn’t just a grand idea for Paul, but a way … Read More

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Sunday Preview: Taylor Woodward and Paul's Big Reveal

July 2nd, 2014 | John Chandler

All summer long we’ve been working our way through the book of Ephesians. The first half of the book is full of soaring prose, packed full of dense theology. Now we have reached the midway point, where the author Paul shifts to how these big ideas affect daily life. Our passage begins: For this reason I kneel before the Father, … Read More

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This Sunday: Mystery, Calling, and Co-laboring

June 18th, 2014 | John Chandler

As I’ve mentioned in recent weeks, we have invited more voices from our community to preach on Sundays. While not all of us will have the gift of preaching or teaching, we do believe that we are blessed with many voices through whom the Spirit will speak. This Sunday, our own Erin Szczerba will preach on Ephesians 3:1-13. Paul weaves … Read More

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Sunday Preview: An Unexpected Path to Reconciliation

June 10th, 2014 | John Chandler

A prophet and poet named Isaiah once told a story about how God reacts to people who are known for their “sinful greed.” God says: I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I … Read More

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This Sunday: Pentecost

June 5th, 2014 | John Chandler

The two holidays most identified with Christianity are Christmas and Easter, and they are days worth celebrating. But Pentecost belongs alongside them — it marks the day the church as we know it began, and when God breathed life into this community that has now lived on for centuries. This Sunday, we celebrate the day of Pentecost, the coming of … Read More

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