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Because Love: Easter Discussion Series from 1 John

April 5th, 2018 | John Chandler

We celebrate Easter with churches around the world. We’ll join them in reading 1 John together for the next six weeks in liturgy and community groups. The beautiful message of 1 John might be difficult for some of us to read. Much of the language sounds ‘churchy’ and might remind us of how religious language has been used to divide … Read More

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Considering the Common Life

December 1st, 2016 | John Chandler

This Sunday, our liturgy becomes a Common Life Celebration. And brunch! Many of you are reflecting this week on what it might look like for you to participate for the year to come. (If you still need a copy of the Common Life, you can find it here.) I’ve had some thoughtful conversations with those considering it, and even read … Read More

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Holy Week Readings: Saturday

March 26th, 2016 | John Chandler

This week is Holy Week, and we journey toward Easter together. Each day we are posting Holy Week readings that are being read millions of Christians around the world. Today’s Reading — John 19:38-42 38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to … Read More

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Holy Week Readings: Good Friday

March 25th, 2016 | John Chandler

This week is Holy Week, and we journey toward Easter together. Each day we are posting Holy Week readings that are being read millions of Christians around the world. Today’s Reading — John 18:1-19:37 1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which … Read More

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Holy Week Readings: Maundy Thursday

March 24th, 2016 | John Chandler

This week is Holy Week, and we journey toward Easter together. Each day we are posting Holy Week readings that are being read millions of Christians around the world. Today’s Reading — John 13:1-17, 31-35: 1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. … Read More

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Holy Week Readings: Wednesday

March 23rd, 2016 | John Chandler

This week is Holy Week, and we journey toward Easter together. Each day we are posting Holy Week readings that are being read millions of Christians around the world. Today’s Reading — John 13:21-32: 21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one … Read More

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Holy Week Readings: Tuesday

March 22nd, 2016 | John Chandler

This week is Holy Week, and we journey toward Easter together. Each day we are posting Holy Week readings that are being read millions of Christians around the world. Today’s Reading — John 12:20-36: 20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said … Read More

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Holy Week Readings: Monday

March 21st, 2016 | John Chandler

This week is Holy Week, and we journey toward Easter together. Each day we are posting Holy Week readings that are being read millions of Christians around the world. Today’s Reading — John 12:1-11: 1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner … Read More

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Happy Are The Poor In Spirit

February 23rd, 2015 | John Chandler

My original hope for this post was that I could bring something clearly tangible for you to take away from this passage. That I could come up with the best way to explain it. After spending the last few days reading and thinking I have ended up with more questions than answers. I am ok with that. So I will … Read More

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Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Lent

February 18th, 2015 | John Chandler

I am fairly new to the practice of Lent. It wasn’t part of my upbringing and my first experience of it was during my senior year of college. I decided to give up beer. I figured denying myself something I regularly enjoyed would be good form for Lent. I mean that’s what Lent is, after all? I had made it … Read More

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