Come out to the Crestwood Park Pavilion Thursday night, December 19 at 7:00 for an evening of jazz, hot chocolate, and carol singing! This is a great opportunity for you to invite friends to meet our church, hear some of our music, and hang out together.
Since we’re a brand-spankin’ new church, we won’t be having a Christmas eve service—this will be our main Christmas event of the season. So make sure it’s on your calendar and bring a guest!
This is the conclusion to our series Just Sex: Justice, Sexuality, and Christian Ethics. The scripture referenced is the Song of Songs.
Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:44 — 8.8MB)
The book cited is Margaret Farley’s Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.
Just Sex: Oh, God! Faith and Intimacy from Dave Barnhart on Vimeo.
Jesus said the most important commandments were “Love God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” People all over the world recognize these words as the core of Christian ethics. But what does loving God and our neighbors actually look like?
John Wesley used these words to create his “Three General Rules” of Methodism: Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.
During November, we’re going to take this Great Commandment and look at it from three different angles. Come, bring a friend, and get back to basics.
Our theme for this past Sunday was “Undoing Centuries of LGBTQ Oppression (in 30 Minutes or Less!)”
We’re still working on preparing the video, but here is the podcast from Sunday:
Podcast: Download (Duration: 30:56 — 7.7MB)
Here are some further resources related to the sermon on Sunday:
Our October sermon series will be “Just Sex: Justice, Sexuality, and Christian Ethics.” Each week we’ll look at a different topic and a set of scriptures that go along with it.
- October 6: What the Bible DOESN’T Say: Reframing Christian Ethics
- October 13: Why God is a Feminist
- October 20: Undoing Centuries of LGBTQ Oppression (In 30 Minutes or Less!)
- October 27: Oh God! Faith and Intimacy
Of course, “Just Sex” is not just sex — it’s about politics, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and everything else that makes up our human lives. (But it’s also about sex).
The sermons will be rated PG, but parents need to consider their own level of comfort in discussing these topics with their kids. Child care will be available for kids under 12 for parents who choose to use it, although we believe church—and not mass media—is a great place to learn about sex and ethics.
This past Sunday, we heard the story of Tamar and Judah from Genesis 38.
Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:34 — 8.8MB)
The video of the sermon is available on Vimeo.
The sermon from October 6 was “What the Bible DOESN’T Say: Reframing Christian Sexual Ethics.” It is part of our month-long sermon series, “Just Sex: Justice, Sexuality, and Christian Ethics.”
Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:02 — 11.5MB)
You can also view the video on Vimeo. It has been edited for time.
This past Sunday, we read the story of the Ten Commandments from Exodus 19 and 20, and we learned what the words “Torah” and “mitzvah” mean. Below is our art project from the day, provided by members of Church of the Reconciler.
Podcast: Download (Duration: 26:25 — 6.6MB)
This past Sunday, we acted out the Red Sea story from Exodus 14, and we learned that Genesis is a prequel to the Exodus story. We also learned 9 ways that we hear the Bible differently if we start with the story of Exodus.
Podcast: Download (Duration: 38:49 — 9.6MB)
The video of the service is also available on Youtube.
This past week we learned that Genesis is a prequel, and we learned how our perspective of the Bible changes if we read it through the lens of Exodus. The idea that we are all made in the image of God (not just Pharaoh) and that every creature deserves a day off (the Sabbath) were radical claims from a group of freed slaves. Centuries later, the early church thought of Jesus’ death and resurrection as a kind of Passover, and baptism as a passage from death and slavery to life and liberation.
This week, in Round 2, we’ll learn about the other radical claim of this group of freed slaves: that this liberating God has a Law for a free people. “Law” has become an ugly word for us moderns, and we associate it with courtroom and judges in black robes. But how did these ancient people understand it? Come find out this Sunday at 4:30 PM!