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RE:union 2017: Welcoming and Opening Worship with Commissioning Service for Graduates

Posted:Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 15
Preacher: M. Craig Barnes, president and professor of pastoral ministry
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John 20:19–23

Posted:Thursday, April 20, 2017

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.
The risen Jesus said the Holy Spirit gives us the power to forgive sins. This may be more power than we want. We would rather leave the forgiving business to Jesus so we can continue to nurture our hurts. But we have to forgive not for the sake of the offender, but for the sake of our own souls.
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John 12:1–11

Posted:Thursday, April 06, 2017

Mary took a pint of costly perfume...anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair.
This scene provides the fulfillment of the conversion motif that has developed through the previous chapter. Mary is again at Jesus' feet, but in worship rather than grief. Judas objects to her extravagance, even though he was stealing from Jesus. We either give or steal when we come to Jesus.
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John 11:45–57

Posted:Thursday, March 30, 2017

It is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.
A plot develops to kill Jesus immediately after he raises Lazarus from the dead. Seeing the new life that Jesus offers forces a choice. Do you want it? Or would you rather orient your life around the old paradigm of coping with losses? The church needs more than ministers who help people cope.
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John 11:38–44

Posted:Thursday, March 23, 2017

Unbind him, and let him go.
Grace is the startling act of a Savior who stands at the doors of our tombs and invites us to “come out.” Faith is the God given courage to walk out of the tomb into which we have settled. Both are necessary to enjoy new life. But Jesus has no interest in helping us make our tombs more comfortable.
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John 11:17–36

Posted:Thursday, March 16, 2017

Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Martha rushed to Jesus, but Mary remained lost in her tears. But both of them offered the same lament at different times: “If you had been here our brother would not have died.” They both believed in their expectations of what Jesus should have done, which is not the same as believing in Jesus.
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John 11:1–16

Posted:Thursday, March 02, 2017

...after hearing that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
The RSV states that “because” Jesus loved them he stayed away when he heard that Lazarus was dying. Some translate the text by saying, “Jesus loved them; therefore, he stayed away...” Jesus doesn’t come just in the nick of time, but long afterwards. That’s because he wants us to love him and not what he can do for us. When we surrender to that love we discover that he does far more than we imagined.
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Jonah 3:1–5

Posted:Thursday, February 23, 2017

God changed his mind ...
The Hebrew notion is that God’s will is open ended, waiting to make holy responses to our response. It is always possible to repent, or turn, to the God who is waiting to turn to us. But this grace is a scandal to those who think of themselves as righteous. Our calling is never to judge who is right and who is wrong, but only to invite others and ourselves to keep turning back to God.
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Jonah 1:1–3

Posted:Monday, February 06, 2017

Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of God
Jonah received a clear mission from God he did not want. So he tried to run not just from this calling, but also from God. But mission is not just an option on career day. We don’t look for it; it looks for us. And to reject it is to flee from being in the presence of God. But God will relentlessly look for us. It is impossible to hide from God.
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Luke 2:8–11

Posted:Friday, December 09, 2016

Advent is either judgment or the coming of a miracle. If we use this season only to work ourselves into a frenzy to create the perfect holiday for those we serve it will inevitably be a judgment because we cannot possibly do enough. But if we lead others in opening our hearts, we may see a holy day of miracle. Holiday or Holy Day. It’s up to you.
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