Flawed and Faithful: The Life of David - Living with Abandon - October 6, 2019

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There is…a voice inside me that urges caution. It tells me to be careful, to keep my head, not to go too far, not to burn my boats… I don’t want to be carried away into any resolution which I shall afterwards regret, for I know I shall be feeling quite different after breakfast… This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea [which is God], and there neither to dive nor swim nor float, but only to dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth, and holding on to the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal… Of course, that lifeline is really a death line.

~ C. S. Lewis







Flawed and Faithful: The Life of David - Repaying Evil with Good - September 29, 2019

If you love Jesus Christ more than you

fear human judgment,

then you will not only speak of compassion,

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but act with it.

Compassion means seeing your friend

and your enemy in equal need

and helping both equally.

It demands that you seek and find the stranger,

the broken, the prisoner, and comfort him

and offer him your help.

Herein lies the holy compassion of God

that causes the devil much distress.

~ Meditations of Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207-1294)

Flawed and Faithful: The Life of David - Accepting God’s Call - September 8, 2019

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Your true identity is as a child of God.
This is the identity you have to accept.
Once you have claimed it and settled in it,
you can live in a world that gives you
much joy as well as pain.
You can receive the praise as well as
the blame that comes to you as an
opportunity for strengthening your basic identity,
because the identity that makes you free
is anchored beyond all human praise and blame.
You belong to God,
and it is as a child of God
that you are sent into the world.

~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

August Forum: Keeping Our Covenants - August 18, 2019

"Covenant holds the key to the identity and distinctiveness of Israel and church. The term 'covenant' was consciously applied by the Israelites to their relationship with Yahweh from the earliest times, and this theological orientation was passed down to Jesus and early Christians. Covenant is found in every critical moment of God’s dispensation and all major turning points in biblical history, such as creation, Noah’s flood, Abraham, Exodus, David, Exile, and Jesus. Throughout the Bible, covenant is central to God’s reign."

~ Hak Joon Lee

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Fuller Theological Seminary

August Forum: Preaching Through a Storm - August 11, 2019

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The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men and women often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.

~ Howard Thurman

August Forum: It’s all Dust - August 4, 2019

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“When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.
~ Mary Oliver

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Learning to Let Go - July 28, 2019

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"Dear Lord, bring me through darkness into light. Bring me through pain into peace.
Bring me through death into life.
Be with me wherever I go, and with everyone I love.
In Christ's name I ask it. Amen.”

~ A prayer by Frederick Buechner, written at the request of his brother, Jamie, as he was dying of cancer.
Source: The Eyes of the Heart

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Facing Conflict in the Spirit of Christ - July 21, 2019

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“Community can be a terrible place because it is a place of relationship; it is the revelation of our wounded emotions and of how painful it can be to live with others, especially with ‘some people.’ It is so much easier to live with books and objects, television, or dogs and cats! It is so much easier to live alone and just do things for others, when one feels like it…. While we are alone, we could believe we loved everyone.”

~ Jean Vanier (1928-2019)

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Paul, Barnabas and that Crazy Radio Station - July 14, 2019

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“Every time you close another door—be it the door of immediate satisfaction, the door of distracting entertainment, the door of busyness, the door of guilt and worry, or the door of self-rejection—you commit yourself to go deeper into your heart and thus deeper into the heart of God. This is a movement toward full incarnation. It leads you to become what you already are—a child of God; it lets you embody more and more the truth of your being; it makes you claim the God within you.”

~ Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Following Jesus: What we Find - July 7, 2019

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“What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are . . . because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing. It is important to tell our secrets too because it makes it easier . . . for other people to tell us a secret or two of their own . . . ”

~ Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets”

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Following Jesus: What We Lose - June 30, 2019

“Well-schooled in a false sense of control, we usually cling to the illusion of power as we struggle with the paradoxes of life. Each of us knows those times when we dig in our feet, stiffen our body, tighten our jaw and demand rational explanations for unexplainable events… As we encounter experiences for which there are no answers, no rational explanations or solutions, we arrive at a point where, in faith, we are asked to stand in a Mystery that far exceeds our human understanding.”

~ Doris Klein

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Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Get In the Game - June 23, 2019

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“Coming together for worship, individuals may release their fragile hold on ‘my truth’ for an hour or two in order to explore the timetraveling, ego-rattling, neighbor-loving dimensions of ‘our truth’ instead. As anyone who has ever been part of a congregation knows, this has less to do with being of one mind than it does with being of one body. The deepest truth any congregation has to tell is that those who do not agree on much of anything can still care for one another through almost everything, thanks to the ministering Spirit in their midst.”

~ Barbara Brown Taylor

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: Commitment Cards and Coroners - June 16, 2019

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Celtic Prayer

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Savior this very day.

~ Celtic Oral Tradition

Acts - Adventures in Being Church: All the Difference in the World - June 9, 2019

Holy Spirit, giving life to all life, moving all creatures,

root of all things, washing them clean,

wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds,

you are our true life, luminous, wonderful,

awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 –1179)



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Acts - Adventures in Being Church: God’s Instruments - June 2, 2019

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We can make our minds so like still water

that beings gather about us that they may see,

it may be, their own images,

and so live for a moment with a clearer,

perhaps even with a fiercer life

because of our quiet.

~ William Butler Yeats

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