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Silly Signs of Righteousness

In book of the Bible that we’ve been reading throughout this series, the Apostle Paul is addressing some very specific concerns, to a particular community. In fact, about the middle third of the letter reads like a kind of parental scolding of a child who by now has a long track-record of misbehaving.  For instance,

18 Oct 2019

What We Don’t Know About Bread

1 Corinthians 5:6-13             Since most of us have probably forgotten about what Paul had to say to us two weeks ago, I thought I’d offer a bit of a quick refresher.  In our last reading from 1 Corinthians, Paul had told the predominately Gentile church in chapter 4 not to judge anything before the

11 Oct 2019


1 Corinthians 4: 1-5, 14-21 4 So a person should think about us this way—as servants of Christ and managers of God’s secrets. 2 In this kind of situation, what is expected of a manager is that they prove to be faithful. 3 I couldn’t care less if I’m judged by you or by any human court; I don’t even

26 Sep 2019


10 I laid a foundation like a wise master builder according to God’s grace that was given to me, but someone else is building on top of it. Each person needs to pay attention to the way they build on it. 11 No one can lay any other foundation besides the one that is already laid, which is

18 Sep 2019

Healthy Helpers

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 3 Brothers and sisters, I couldn’t talk to you like spiritual people but like unspiritual people, like babies in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink instead of solid food, because you weren’t up to it yet. 3 Now you are still not up to it because you are still unspiritual. When jealousy and fighting exist

11 Sep 2019


1 Corinthians 2:6-16                This Sunday marks week two of our series called “Securely Us: Unwrap the Secret Gift of Being You.”  And in this series, we have one goal in mind: to help you overcome your insecurity by discovering the gift that God has made you to be. That’s it. Overcome your insecurity by

04 Sep 2019

A Picture of Partnership

            Today we’re starting off a new series called Securely Us: Unwrap the Secret Gift of Being You. And before we jump right into things, I need to let you know that this series is going to feel very different to most of you.  Typically, I tend to stay pretty close to the story in

28 Aug 2019

They Covered Their Ears

Before we get to our reading for the moment, I want to invite you all to reflect on a very common, very human phenomenon.  And I want us to reflect on this because I think it will help us see what’s going on both in the bible passage and in our world, in a new

28 Aug 2019

Settle Down, Stephen

Acts 6:8-15, 7:51-53             In our reading from last week, we saw how the early Christian community approached problem-solving.  There was a complaint that arose because some women were being overlooked at mealtime.  And the way the apostles responded to this complaint was by calling a meeting.  All the disciples were gathered together, and they

14 Aug 2019

Another Kind of Rising

Acts 6:1-7             Since the middle of June, we’ve been reading from a book in the Bible called The Acts of the Apostles (Luke, part II).  And this book is filled with miracles.  The first miracle we shared about was the Pentecost miracle: where suddenly the disciples of Jesus were able to speak new, intelligible

09 Aug 2019