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Psalm 56, 57:1

Posted:Thursday, October 12, 2017

"The Wings of Refuge”
It is impossible to survive in any environment, including a Christian one, without a sanctuary. It is only a matter of time before “the destroying storms” pass your way. But what does it substantively mean to find shelter under God’s wings?
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Psalm 27:1–6

Posted:Thursday, October 05, 2017

“Beholding God’s Beauty”
David seeks communion with God in order to seek truth and to behold God’s beauty. Most Protestants are better at seeking than we are at beholding. But the purpose of seeking truth is precisely to behold the beauty of God. 
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Psalm 1

Posted:Thursday, September 21, 2017

“Being Rooted”
The purpose of theological study, worship, and participation in community is to develop deep roots like a tree planted by streams of water. But the purpose of being rooted is to bear fruit. 
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Opening Communion Service for the 2017–18 Academic Year

Posted:Monday, September 11, 2017

“Weeds in the Garden”
Matthew 13:24–30
There are always weeds in the garden. Our calling is not to discern who is a weed, and certainly not to pull up the weeds, but to focus on our own lives on being planted in Christ.

Preacher: M. Craig Barnes, president and professor of pastoral ministry
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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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