How to Be Successful

The “Parable of the Talents” is widely known and often interpreted as a straightforward call to take risks with our money, gifts, and talents, so that God can increase them enormously. But, there are some real problems with that interpretation, so we will explore other options that may surprise us.

A Church Working It Out

When massive evil happens, we wonder if there is a ‘line in the sand’ over which God will not allow evil to step. In the story of the Wise Bridesmaids, Jesus describes the Reign of God is as those who come prepared for the long, dark night. When we pursue works of justice and hope, we are in it for the long haul.

Humility + Pride = Thankfulness

As we celebrate our 10 years of vivid ministry in our current location, the appropriate form of pride and the appropriate sense of humility shapes us into a congregation of thankfulness.

Reformed Always Being Reformed

As we enter the week celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we will look through the family history to see what it means to be a church that is faithful, both to its past and to what God is doing in its moment.

We Belong to God

At the Heart of Joy

At the heart of a community of faith is often a tension between those who agree on the goal, but disagree on the means of getting there. We are called to create a community of engaged discourse to navigate those differences.

Song Sung Blue

After the horror of the Las Vegas shootings, we hear how God’s answer to mindless violence is not revenge, but resurrection.

Examining the Body

The Apostle Paul tells the church in Corinth that they need to “discern the body of Christ” or else they will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in an “unworthy manner.” What does it mean to “discern the body” today, when an “average church member” is more likely to be a Liberian teenager, a South Korean university student, or a Mexican mine worker than a U.S. suburbanite? It means we have a lot to learn from our siblings around the world about what it means to be the body of Christ.

Survival of the Weakest

Jesus’ parable in Matthew 21 seems patently unfair to those of us who are steeped in meritocracy, who believe that one should be paid according to one’s productive value instead of what one needs for a just daily wage. The parable exposes our way of life to be far from the Reign of God.

A Fate Worse than Debt