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Advent 2 — Joy (2017.12.10 Sermon)

December 11th, 2017

John Chandler

Gideon Tsang, our friend and pastor of Vox Veniae, continued our Advent reflections with an invitation to live with joy.

Quotes and Resources:

  • “If I do not feel a sense of joy in God’s creation, if I forget to offer the world back to God with thankfulness, I have advanced very little upon the Way. I have not yet learnt to be truly human. For it is only through thanksgiving that I can become myself.” — Kallistos Ware
  • “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” — Meister Eckhart
  • “My own personal task is not simply that of poet and writer; it is basically to praise God out of an inner center of silence, gratitude, and ‘awareness.’…my task is simply the breathing of this gratitude from day to day, in simplicity, and for the rest turning my hand to whatever comes, work being part of praise, whether splitting logs or writing poems, or best of all simple notes.” — Thomas Merton
  • “Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about God.” — Thomas Merton
  • “I don’t think you can make a decision that ‘I’m going to be present.’ What does that mean?… But if you’re actively noticing things – so you’re going to go home tonight and, if you live with somebody, notice five new things about that person. And what will happen is, the person will start to come alive for you again, and that facilitates the relationship… And this person that you thought you knew will feel different, and that person will respond to you differently.” — Ellen Langer
  • “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”

  • TED Talk: Megan Phelps-Roper

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Advent 1 — Mark 1:1-3 (2017.12.03 Sermon)

December 3rd, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler Advent, and the new Christian year, with a look at the arrival of Jesus as told by the Gospel of Mark.

Quotes and Resources:

  • “proclaiming Jesus is not a philosophical concept or the most recent speculative homiletical theory. It means that proclaiming Jesus to generate hope is grounded in this world and should have an impact on this world.” — Luke Powery
  • Wikipedia: Triumphal Arch article

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Catechesis: Community Questions Bonus Round Podcast

November 30th, 2017

John Chandler

Chris Morton and John Chandler close out our Catechesis series with another round of questions that didn’t make it into the sermon on Sunday.

Questions Responded to:

  • What is heaven/what might the kingdom of God coming look like?
  • Did Jesus die to save us and be a sacrifice for our sin or was it something else?
  • What is salvation?
  • What is hell? Does it exist?
  • Is God sovereign?

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Catechesis: Community Questions (2017.11.26 Sermon)

November 27th, 2017

John Chandler

April Karli, Shane Blackshear, and John Chandler close out our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by responding to questions submitted by our community.

Questions Responded to:

  • What are the essential beliefs a church should hold to be considered Christian?
  • In what sense is the bible “inspired” by God? We often hear about how the bible is both human and divine in its origin. Does that mean part of the bible is from human origin and part is from a divine origin? If so, how do we decide which part is divine and which is human?
  • It sometimes frustrates me that God, who wants all Christians “to be one”, chose to communicate to us through a book that is so old, so ingrained in ancient cultures and worldviews, and so easy to misunderstand and misinterpret, or to interpret in more ways than one. What are we to do with all that? Why did God go about communicating to us in this way?
  • How should we approach the debate between creationism and evolution?
  • Who should we pray to in the Trinity? Father, son, or spirit?
  • How does God as Trinity inform our relationships to God, the earth, and other humans?
  • What about Revelation and end times?

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Catechesis Week 8: Who is the Holy Spirit? (2017.11.20 Sermon)

November 20th, 2017

John Chandler

April Karli continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “Who is the Holy Spirit?”

Quotes and Resources:

  • “When believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.” — Francis Chan

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Catechesis Week 7: What happened at the cross? (2017.11.12 Sermon)

November 13th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What happened at the cross?”

Quotes and Resources:

  • “Ultimately, we cannot understand the full meaning of the cross of Christ. We can only stand in silence before it, acknowledge its wonder, and submit to its power. Nevertheless, we desire to understand the depth of Christ’s work on our behalf and to speak about the salvation we have experienced.” — Stan Grenz
  • “Salvation in the New Testament is not seen as an escape from the world of space, time, and matter, but rather as its redemption. The death of Jesus was the moment when the great gate of human history, bolted with iron bars and overgrown with toxic weeds, burst open so that the Creator’s project of reconciliation between heaven and earth could at last be set in powerful motion.” — NT Wright, The Day the Revolution Began
  • “…the point that must be made at the center of any account of Christian mission: the victory of the cross will be implemented through the means of the cross.” — NT Wright, The Day the Revolution Began

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Catechesis Week 6: Who is Jesus? (2017.11.05 Sermon)

November 7th, 2017

Chris Morton

To understand Jesus is to understand this mystery of God dwelling on the earth in human form, somehow both divine and human at the same time. But to understand Jesus is to also understand how Jesus is active and present within the Trinity both before his human birth and after his resurrection.

 

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Catechesis Week 5: What does it mean to be created in the image of God? (2017.10.29 Sermon)

October 30th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What does it mean to be created in the image of God?”

Quotes and Resources:

  • “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” — Anne Lamott
  • “It is true that the Christian West used its technological superiority to colonize much of the world, and that technology has created serious dangers for the environment as well as for humanity. Nevertheless, it is ideological blindness to ignore the fact that technology functioning within a biblical framework has been one of the chief instruments of human emancipation.” — Vishal Mangalwadi, The Book That Made Your World
  • “The image is a physical manifestation of divine (or royal) essence that bears the function of that which it represents; this gives the image-bearer the capacity to reflect the attributes of the one represented and act on his behalf.” — John H. Walton

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What is God’s role in creation? (Catechesis Bonus Podcast Week 4)

October 28th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler continues our Catechesis discussion on “What is the role of God in creation?” with thoughts and extras that didn’t make it into the sermon.

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Catechesis Week 4: What is God’s relationship with creation? (2017.10.22 Sermon)

October 24th, 2017

John Chandler


John Chandler continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What is God’s relationship with creation?”

Quotes and Resources:

  • “This principle proceeds from the assumption that the grace of God can be seen in the raising of Christ, and concludes that Christ’s resurrection is the beginning of the new creation of the world.” — Jürgen Moltmann in God in Creation
  • “[God’s] love is literally ecstatic love: it leads him to go out of himself and to create something which is different from himself but which none the less corresponds to him. The delight with which the Creator celebrates the feast of creation -the sabbath -makes it unequivocally plain that creation was called into being out of the inner love which the eternal God himself is.” —Jürgen Moltmann in God in Creation
  • Breathing Room: A newsletter written and curated to encourage restful, social-media free weekends.

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