Archive for August, 2014|Monthly archive page

With God on Our Side

(Steve Tulloch speaking)

Readings: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Back to the Future

If we’re not careful, the grind of daily life can leave us feeling disoriented, wondering what it’s all about. But God calls us to consider the long history of His faithfulness, and when we do that, we might just catch a glimpse of what He longs to do in our own lives today. (Brandon Malo speaking, with Emma Richardson)

Readings: Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

(No) Vacancy

Religion often has a way of devolving to talk about in-groups and out-groups – who does God accept? who belongs? whose side is God on? But God has long been in the business of breaking down barriers and extending an offer of grace to those who are on the outside of things. (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28

Sinking Under

All around us (and even within us sometimes) we find examples of people who encounter the message about the kingdom of God, and yet struggle to put it into practice. What’s going on? And how exactly is faith meant to take root in a person’s life? (Brandon Malo speaking)

Readings: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Come to the Waters

Food and water are among our most familiar commodities, and our relationship with them both is extensive and crucial. We need and love them! They serve as metaphors, through Scripture and other literature, to illustrate the deep ways in which we connect with God and experience spiritual fulfillment. They also serve as actual or real points of connection with God. Let’s explore together what it means to have God fulfill our hunger and thirst.

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-21; Matthew 14:13-21

Steve Tulloch speaking.