Today we take on a portion of the Sermon on the Mount. We start off with a little review from Pastor Colin, reminding us what's in them. And then we switch to discussion on the questions as a church. In this recording, you cannot hear the congregants, but usually Pastor Colin repeats the gist of the speaker.
Today, we take up the ancient practice of Lectio Divina—divine reading. Join in this meditation on the famous passage: "Love is patient, love is kind..."
This week gets weird! In order to understand our passage from 1 Corinthians 11, we have to go back to the ancient Watchers tradition, which talks about rogue angels breeding with human women to create a race of giants. When we look at this passage through this light, we all of a sudden see a different view, and we have new questions about how we think about the passage applying to us.
We continue exploring 1 Corinthians, which shows us on of the earliest churches in all of their foibles and flaws. This week's story takes up the issue of The Lord's Supper, which has changed from a meaningful rite to a way to exclude and marginalize members of their community. This passage calls us to examine our own rites and religious practices with just as close of scrutiny, to make sure we aren't harming others in our own devotion.
This week, we take up 1 Corinthians 8, where Paul discusses the problem of meat sacrificed to idols. Apparently, it is creating a massive rift between the rich and the poor. We examine what's going on and how Paul tries to respond to it.
We started off worship today with a discussion of what we mean by LGTBQ and why we care as Christians. If you need a primer on what the acronym stands for or are unclear of what these sexual orientations are, we get everybody on the same page.
Today, we start a 6-week series on 1 Corinthians. This book gives us a unique glimpse into the real lives of a church back at the very beginning that we can learn from. This week, we take on the first 4 chapters, where Paul takes on two themes: not being divided, and the elevation of the powerless in their community. And, we learn a whole lot that will help us in the coming weeks to understand the rest of the book.
This week, we dive into a very relevant topic—refugees. We start with the story of Jesus the refugee, fleeing with his family into Egypt for asylum. To help us to understand this issue, we are blessed to be joined by Amber Blake of Church World Service. She has a passion for refugee work, and helps us to understand this issue more deeply and how we might engage it as Christians.