John 13, 18, 21
Six years ago Kevin and Meg heard a particular reflection on a particular verse in the New Testament, and they still talk about it nearly every week.
A sermon for those of us who known people more talented, wealthy, sexy, cool, or generally better off than ourselves.
How can we find peace with our own story, even if it hasn’t gone the way we would have imagined it?
Music by Leah Hunter, starts 45 minutes in.
Luke 18, Ezekiel 37
A sermon about the labels we put on others, and on ourselves, and the only label God puts on us.
How do we respond to violence and misuse of power?
In our church and culture power is regularly abused, and often partners with violence in order to push it’s agenda. Jesus confronted these powers with a radical new response to their violence and abuse: third way thinking.
This week we are looking at Jesus’ teaching to turn the other cheek, give up our cloak as well, and to go the extra mile.
At their worst, these teachings have suggested Jesus wanted those suffering to just “take the abuse.” This is not what Jesus is saying.
In context, Jesus is teaching something radical. He is showing his listeners how to disarm those who have power, and how to confront violent actions without resorting to violence.
Which of course, shows us more of what God is like.
Music by Rachel Van Oostveen and team, starts at 1:01