"A Sanctuary in the City… Living Faith"

Come join the conversation! Each week, one of the pastors will reflect upon and ask questions of the focus texts for the upcoming Sunday’s worship. We invite you to read, reflect, and engage. Ask your own questions, or provide your thoughts on ours, in an email to the author if you’d like. Scripture is meant to be engaged in community, as we seek a way toward living our faith.

Mother’s Day!

This week at Rotary a presenter spoke about human trafficking. There’s so much disturbing about the reality, yes, present here in our community. I was struck by one particular term I hadn’t heard before. Relational poverty. That’s been swirling in my mind and heart ever since. Not a complicated idea, really. But it brings clarity for me. Relational poverty—a condition of people who suffer an absence of love, attention, guidance, affirmation.

Tasting the Fruit of Joy

Can you remember a time you felt real joy?

I don’t mean when you heard a good joke recently. Or had some personal pleasure satisfied. Or felt a passing sense of momentary bliss. Fun, laughter, simply being happy … true joy that Jesus means can include all of these experiences. And the kind of holy joy he wants us to share is a deeper condition and enduring orientation of the heart.

Origin Stories

…These origin stories are the single most powerful tool we have in understanding these characters. Knowing how they got their powers and what (often tragic) events led them to their lives of heroism gives us great insight into who they are and why they battle their particular enemies. Many of the most iconic and enduring superheroes of all time are still best defined by the original story that made them who they are….