BLUE, PURPLE, AND CRIMSON YARNS

Exodus 35:4-34 Monica McFadden In my first ever art history class in college (World Art I), my wild professor, Scott Montgomery (who looked exactly like you want your art professor to look—long white Dumbledore hair and beard, barefoot but wearing a suit), introduced the class to the very beginnings of Christian art. Back when Christianity…

THE FARTHEST LIMITS OF THE SEA

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Genesis 28:10-19a Jennifer Hosler Have you ever run from God? Have you ever felt emotionally and spiritually unsettled, disturbed, not knowing what you needed—and then realized that God is providing exactly what you need? I have. Psalm 139, which we used as a call to worship, is one of my favorite psalms….

FROM DEATH TO LIFE

Genesis 22:1-14 & Romans 6:12-23 Micah Bales This is a tough passage to preach on. It’s one of the most iconic stories of the Bible – the time that Abraham and Isaac went up to that mountain, and Abraham only thought only one of them was coming back.   God told Abraham to take his…

ROOTS

Jeremiah 20:7-13 Monica McFadden While I was studying abroad in London this past year, I got completely hooked on the Netflix series “The Crown.” If you haven’t heard of it, the show follows the newly coronated Queen Elizabeth II and her experience acclimating to her role as Queen, including the many struggles involved with politics,…

THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL

Genesis 18:1-15 & Matthew 9:35-10:8 Micah Bales   This morning, I want to tell you a story about Stephen Grellet. Stephen Grellet was a French-born Quaker minister, one of the best-known Quakers of the early 1800s. He traveled extensively and preached to thousands. One day, as he was in prayer, he felt that God was…

THREE. ONE.

Genesis 1:1-2:4, John 1:1-5, Psalm 8 Nathan Hosler A few weeks ago, I was waiting for a session of Christian Citizenship Seminar to start. We were holding the event at a church downtown but the door was still locked and they didn’t have any bench or place to sit, so I sat on the front…

WE ARE PEOPLE OF THE SPIRIT

Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21, & 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 Micah Bales “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The Spirit of God was hovering…

FERVENT WAITING

Psalm 47; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-14 Jenn Hosler Last Saturday, Nate and I celebrated eleven years of marriage. Eleven seems crazy, sounds like a long time, but when I think about it, it has indeed been long since the days when we needed to part for summer vacations in college. Before we were married, Nate…

UNKNOWN AND UNSEEN

Acts 17:22-31, John 14:15-21 Jeff Davidson Today’s reading from Acts is about Paul’s visit to Washington, DC. Okay, it’s not about Paul’s visit to Washington, DC – but it could be. Let’s set the scene and step back to a few verses before our Scripture reading begins. Paul is in the Greek city of Athens…

FINDING THE WAY

1 Peter 2:2-10 & John 14:1-14.  Micah Bales I love our gospel reading this morning. I think that the reason I love it so much because I used to despise it. As a skeptical young person growing up in Kansas, this passage from John was one of the Scriptures most often used as a weapon…