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Being Disciples – Week 3(a) – Forgiveness

This week we will be discussing chapter 3 – Forgiveness – of Archbishop Rowan Williams’s book Being Disciples – Essentials of the Christian Life. Last fall we looked at forgiveness in both Soren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love and in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:14-15, 5:38-48). In his discussion of forgiveness, Dr. Williams links …
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Being Disciples – Week 2(b) – Faith, Hope, and Love

This week we will be discussing Chapter 2 – Faith, Hope, and Love – of Archbishop Rowan William’s devotional Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life. In his discussion of love, Dr. Williams points out that the modern church has forgotten the eros understanding of Divine Love. Love can be defined in …
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Being Disciples – Week 2(a) – Faith, Hope, and Love

This Tuesday we will be discussing chapter 2 – “Faith, Hope, and Love” – of Archbishop Rowan Williams’ book Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life. The journey of a disciple begins with the three great theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. It is these virtues which are given to us by the …
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Being Disciples – Week 1(b) – Being Disciples

I am excited to begin our Lenten study tonight of Rowan Williams’ book: Being Disciples – Essentials of the Christian Life. Tonight we will look at Chapter 1- Being Disciples where Dr. Williams give us a brief overview of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. One of the overall …
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Being Disciples – Week 1(a) – Being Disciples

This week we are beginning our Lenten Study of Archbishop Rowan Williams’ book Being Disciples – Essentials of the Christian Life. The book presents us with a series of short reflections calling us to the holy state of living into the discipleship of Jesus Christ. I would love for you to accompany …
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The Story of Creation – Week 7(b) – John 1 and Colossians 1

Tonight, we are concluding our discussion of the First Creation Story found in Genesis 1:1-2:3 by discussing how the New Testament takes this story and applies it to Jesus. We will be looking primarily at Paul’s introductory Christological hymn in Colossians (Col. 1:15-20) and John’s Gospel Prologue (John 1:1-18). Please read these selections for Tuesday and think …
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The Story of Creation – Week 7(a) – John 1 and Colossians 1

This Tuesday, we are concluding our discussion of the First Creation Story found in Genesis 1:1-2:3 by discussing how the New Testament takes this story and applies it to Jesus. We will be looking at John’s Gospel Prologue (John 1:1-18) and Paul’s introductory Christological hymn in Colossians (Col. 1:15-20). Please read these …
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The Story of Creation – Week 6(b) – Genesis 1:26-2:4

Tonight we will be discussing Genesis 1:26-2:3. Within the readings this week we have the creation of human beings in God’s image. As we discuss this section tonight, there are some additional issues to be aware of. Plurality of God The first thing that should jump out at us, is that God’s discussion of …
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The Story of Creation – Week 6(a) – Genesis 1:26-2:4

This Tuesday we are gathering to discuss Genesis 1:26-2:4 comprising the remainder of the Sixth Day and the Seventh Day of Creation. The Sixth Day gives us the most profound statement in all Scripture: “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female …
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The Story of Creation – Week 5(b) – Genesis 1:6-25

This evening we will be reading through Genesis 1:6-25.  When we read through these Days of Creation in light of other ancient mythologies, Genesis consistently emphasizes the absolute sovereignty and pre-existence of the one God. For example, in Day Three, God says “Let the earth put forth vegetation.” In other words, the …
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The Story of Creation – Week 5(a) – Genesis 1:6-25

This Tuesday will we be discussing Genesis 1:6-25 which encompasses God’s creation of all those things between light on the First Day and human beings on the Sixth Day. Each of these days of creation follows the same formula: God says, God names, and God calls it “good” (except for Day 2).  As …
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The Story of Creation – Week 4(b) – Genesis 1:3-5

Tonight we will be reading, discussing, and contemplating the First Day of Creation as set forth in Genesis 1:3-5. Within this reading there are three words to focus upon: Said, Light, and Called. What is the power of speech, what do we mean by light, and what does it mean to name …
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