November 2021

Tales from the Manger: Mary—There is No Turning Back Now

On the first Sunday of Advent, we examine just what the first Christmas meant for Mary. We look at how the birth of Jesus changed her life drastically. Then we explore how much faith and love it took for Mary to follow along with God’s plan. Today’s passage is: Luke 1:28-55.

Thanksgiving: A time of reflection, thankfulness, and making us whole

This Thanksgiving week, we reflect on celebrations of thankfulness from the Old Testament. This helps us see how our modern Thanksgiving is part of a long tradition of setting aside a day for reflection, feasting, and thankfulness. Lastly, we explore how the actual act of being intentionally thankful can have tangible benefits for us. This […]

October 2021

The Gospel of Matthew: Handing off that Golden Baton of Love

This week, we continue our journey though the Gospel of Matthew. We examine the well-known Golden Rule verse within the larger context of the sermon on the mount. We talk about some ways we can prepare to go out and treat others the way we would like to be treated. Our main passage this week […]

Gospel of Matthew: ‘You don’t know who I am! I do what I want!’

This week we continue our journey through the Gospel of Matthew by examining what Jesus says about judging. We often think of judging simply as ‘that person should not have done that!’ But what about the first impressions we form about people? How are we judging people every day and not even realizing it! We […]

The Gospel of Matthew: Doomed to be Near-sighted?

This week, we continue our journey though the Gospel of Matthew. We look at how Jesus says we should fast. Then we take a step back and look at everything Jesus has said thus far in the sermon on the mount, looking at the common theme of trust and faith verses our desires for the […]

September 2021

The Gospel of Matthew: Practices and Prayers

We continue our journey through Matthew by looking at what Jesus has to say about righteousness and prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is a passage many people know, but what is Jesus trying to relate to us through it? We break down each petition in the prayer and talk about what they mean for us in […]

The Gospel of Matthew: Giving and Righteousness

We resume our journey through Matthew together, by jumping back into the Sermon on the Mount. Today, we examine what Jesus says about righteousness and giving. We examine the idea of intent as related to giving and explore how our giving should be reflective of the amazing gift God gave us. This week’s passage is: […]

August 2021

Theater and Theology: The Haunting of Hill House

We continue our Theater and Theology series by looking at the Netflix series: The Haunting of Hill House. We examine how the titular Hill House really acts as a literary representation of the Devil. Like the Devil, the house can take anything and use it against us to get at our souls. But Like the […]

Theater and Theology: Avengers Endgame

We continue our Theater and Theology series by looking at Avengers: Endgame. We explore the idea of faith. Some of the Avengers lost faith while others remain faithful to the end. We compare this movie to the life of Joseph, looking at just what living a faithful life might look like and what it can […]

July 2021

The Gospel of Matthew: Punchy, Punchy, Mates

This week, we continue our journey through the Gospel of Matthew. We get to the end of Jesus’ discussion on the Law and righteous. We examine the idea that loving our enemies can be difficult, but it is essential if we are to emulate Christ in our lives.  Our passage this week is: Matt. 5:43-48.