Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

Join us this week as Ben continues through our newest series. Come as you are. All are Welcome.

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As our letter holds onto familiar themes of spirit in us, a life that is being revealed, what and how it is we are becoming, we'll consider the uncertainty of what we will be, but trust in the process and family with whom we are coming to be.

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This week we'll explore the cry for justice. We'll join the Psalmist in lamenting the reality that justice does not exist... even as we celebrate the fact that we know what justice is. Even without existence, we know the unconditional call of justice in our gut and in our bones. So, how can it not be a thing, and yet so powerfully move us and shape us?

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This week we'll explore a psalm that expresses not only the value of refuge and stillness, but advocates the practice of stillness as an avenue into the experience of refuge. Join us to think about and to be... still.

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We continue this week, exploring the honesty of inner turmoil and raw expression. In Psalm 22 we find a question, central to the human experience, and one that connect the Psalms with the center of the Christian tradition. Not only the "Why?", but all of the assumptions we bring to that question.

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In Psalm 44, we continue be oriented and disoriented by these songs, and the world into which they intend to draw us. This week we'll focus on the ways this Psalm inverts and reverses the assumed order of things, disorienting the reader, and inviting us into the silence of God. We'll explore our own experiences with the sacred, and how these have shaped our expectations of the sacred. Join us for dialogue and reflection.

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This week we begin a season of plundering the treasure of the biblical songbook. The Psalms invite us, by song and prayer, poetry, ecstasy, and tragedy - to feel, to think and re-think, to touch the depths of our inner light and darkness, and to listen as our inner songs harmonize with the songs of light and darkness among our community. It draws not on intellectual theology, but the experience of life held in the suspension of a dynamic faith. Psalm 88 invites us, maybe more than any other Psalm, to apologetically unfiltered, and even offensively honest, expression.

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This week we begin a journey through the story of the prodigal son from three different approaches. Owen Stricklin, pastor of our sponsoring congregation, FUMC, will be delivering the first part of the series, offering a more traditional reading. In addition to the wisdom we'll gain from each reading, we'll keep in mind the larger truth that there is always more than one way to read and engage a story, to hear and receive truth, to bring ourselves to the text as it seeks to bring us into the story. We can all relate to feeling lost, to bottoming out, to feeling the emptiness and failure of extravagance to truly satisfy. And we also can relate to being surprised by a fresh perspective on a tired old narrative.

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On the heels of another great visit from Peter Rollins, we return to the PRIMARY Series with a look at the story of Daniel in the lion's den. Join us for reflections on the problems created by power struggles, what the art history of this Daniel story shows us and asks of us, as well as a new twist on how this story invites us to reflect on our own formation, convictions, and interpretation of the story we're living.

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Peter will offer a subversive reading of the Christian narrative and tradition, in which a community is gathered around a loss. Rather than an object of desire or faith, he will offer the lack of this object as the radical heart of good news. From here, he will offer a reading of the last supper as the "lost" supper, a slant sure to disturb and inspire.

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