The 10 commandments are not a simple list of rules on which God basis his relationship with us. They are a charter of freedom for a new community which is already in relationship with God. This week we explore the first 2 commandments and how they form us.
Dr. Chris Mehus gives us a window into the science of trauma and what it does to humans. Armed with the knowledge of how we are effected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) he asks us to consider how that forms our perception of what it means to love people as God loves them.
Guest preacher Pastor Laurel Bunker tells us about her recent encounter with a pack of female lions in Africa: "In groups lionesses become a creative and strategic force to be reckoned with, acting as one to change the world around them… “I don’t know about you, but I want to be a creative and strategic force to be reckoned with.”
"The currency of the patriarchy is fools gold and we must refuse to spend it no matter how much it leaves us feeling poor. Being queens in a new order means that we no longer accept what it is to “work the system.” It means declaring loudly we don’t work for that system anymore."
Pastor Amanda Whiting: "Through Christ we all obtain the title of priest. Love God. Love People. Do it again. There isn't a male or female way to do that. Be the go-between of love and those who need love. Which is everyone."
"Since creation women have been prophetically telling a new story: in even our bodies. A story of military grade strength that is only possessed by God, a story of actual creation; something that God is only capable of. That is who we are: we are half of the image of God. Without this half, without women, we are giving the world a fraudulent incomplete view of who God is and How God loves."
When people asked Jesus about "The Kingdom of God" or what it meant to live a life that God was calling them to he often answered them with stories. One of the most famous of these stories is the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Jesus story leaves us with both a present yet future hope in the Kingdom but also an partitive to live a certain way. Jesus offers us both eschatology and ethics in a clarifying and simple story that has real implications for our living today.
The cloak and dagger spy story that surrounds Jericho and it's famous inhabitant, Rahab, has often been played out as half thriller and half repentance testimony with one big caveat: Rahab was a prostitute. What has preceded and defined her throughout history has not been her faithful service to the God of Heaven and Earth in the saving of Joshua's two bumbling spies, but her profession. Her story deserves a new lens.
We look forward to the renewal of all things with all of our hope and ambition. At some point we have to be willing to deal with the fact that we aren’t there yet: the world is broken and so are we. How do we hold hope in something that seems so distant? We can’t just wrap ourselves in a fuzzy blanket text like Jeremiah 29. This week we hope for the future, we get real about life right now, and we won’t shy away from the tension in the middle.
A story with a plot is fine, but without details its impossible to connect to. The details help us understand why the story matters. Acts 10 is part of the detailed story of God’s radical action to renew all things and this week we examine why that renewal matters right here, right now.
At the renewal of all things love will take forms we never thought possible. Love for the enemy, love for the oppressor, love for the oppressed. This week in Acts 9 we'll find the story of a down payment of that kind of impossible change