Living in the knowledge that we and all people are loved for eternity

At the heart of the Christian journey is realization that God’s love has no limits or boundaries. The process of continually rediscovering this reality is what it means to experience salvation. While followers of Jesus share their faith and hope with those who seek it, the all-encompassing love of God extends to those on other paths and in other places. To deny that God’s love is wide enough to embrace everyone for all of eternity is to deny the foundation of faith: that God is love. 
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CELTIC CROSS

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

It Has Been Accomplished

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

John 19:27-30

In this short article, Herman Waetjen explores the last moments of Jesus' life on the cross, reflecting on how the cross brings the new creation that is longed for throughout scripture....

The Secret Question: Who is the Enemy?

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

John 11:1-44

In this article, Herman Waetjen explores the connections between resurrection and love of enemy, showing how resurrection, experienced here and now, liberates us from eye for an eye thinking....

We Are the People of the Eighth Day

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

Mark 1:1-11

In this article, Herman Waetjen looks at the baptism of Jesus, and how it urges us to see ourselves in the same light: “You are my beloved daughter, you are my beloved son, in you I am well pleased.”   ...

Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light (Book)

OTHER RESOURCES  |  BrandanRobertson

A copy of Brandan Robertson's book "Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light" ...

TEACHING GUIDE TO VIOLENCE- FRANCE

SMALL GROUPS  |  This We Affirm

Psalm 10

https://faithelement.net/nice-france-teaching-guide/

A teaching guide and Resource on violence that had happened in France
Great Questions and How to discuss the Violence. ...

Salt and Light: Living a Faithful Life Podcast

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Mathew 5: 13-20

https://faithelement.net/9-06-salt-and-light/

Podcast

We take a look at a popular passage that calls for Christians to be “salt and light” in the world. What can we learn about living a faithful life by looking more closely at the nature and use of both salt and light?

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A Hymn After Gun Violence

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

Isaiah 4:2; 1 John 4:18; James 3:1-12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:35

A hymn written after the Orlando mass killings, plus other hymns for reflection on gun violence:


To see the complete resource, click here: http://www.carolynshymns.com/to_a_place_of_celebration.html

To a Place of Celebration
EBENEZER 8.7.8.7 D ("Why Do Nations Rage Together")

To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy,
Came such violent devastation — one man's efforts to destroy.
God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, "What can we do?"
Now, we're feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!
Weapons kill — and so does silence; hear our prayer as we confess:
We have given in to violence, we have bowed to hopelessness.
God, we've lost our sense of vision of a world where there will be
Plowshares made from violent weapons, justice in society.
Give our leade...

Easter for a New Century: A Sermon for a Christianity Come-of-Age

SERMONS  |  Chris Neufeld-Erdman

Matthew 28.1-10

In this sermon (Easter 2017), I'm trying to honestly make some kind of sense of the Resurrection for real life, here and now.  And I don't want to fall into banal cliches, hackneyed phrases, and worn out dogmas that assume we can just repeat "Christ is Risen" and feel in any real way that we've engaged honestly with the ancient religious truth proclaimed at Easter, the modern world as we've come to know it, and a spirituality that helps us flourish in these challenging times.  The text that day was Matthew 28.1-10, but it addresses the broad witness of the Resurrection.  ...

You Are What You Eat: The Body of Christ

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

John 6:51-52, Ezekiel 3:1-4

http://sacredise.com/articles/articles-title/you-are-what-you-eat/

John van de Laar writes about mindful eating, communion and Ezekiel 3....

Ascension: Why are you Gazing at the Sky

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Acts 1:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14

https://joshuaadamscott.com/2017/05/25/why-are-you-gazing-at-the-sky/

Ascension: Gazing at the Sky and finding Jesus...

Prayer to End Violence

WORSHIP  |  This We Affirm

http://rev-o-lution.org/2015/10/01/prayer-to-end-violence/

Prayer in a time of turmoil to End Violence...

Pregnancy and Loss

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

http://rev-o-lution.org/resources/pregnancy-and-infant-loss-remembrance-day-october-15th/

Pregnancy and Loss
Prayers and suggestions for those that have lost babies.......

God Weeps

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Luke 19: 41-44

http://sacredise.com/blog/living-on-a-prayer-weeps-luke-1941-44/

Living on Prayer and How Peace makes a difference...

Public Faith in Action: Miroslav Volf

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Miroslav Volf

https://www.pulpitfiction.com/notes/tns4-2

Podcasts: Pulpit Fiction sat down with Miroslav Volf over Skype to talk about Public Faith, Politics, Kingdom of God and his book, Public Faith in Action....

Sermon on Eternal Life and Living Like Liberace with Your Mom and Her Friends Forever

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

John 6:47 John 6:48

Nadia Bolz-Weber preached on eternity and how it's just as much about your life before death, as it is about your life after death....

A Sermon About Cynicism and Listening for God

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Joshua Smith preaches on missing prophets because of our cynicism....

Wednesday Night Dome Speaker: Nadia Bolz Weber

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz Weber preaches on grace and being Lutheran....

You Are Loved

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

"When questions arise about your sense of belonging, or when you're flooded with feelings of emptiness, in this sermon Jessica Mitchell invites us to always come back to this truth: You are Loved, and you have all the Love you need."...

Friday Dome Speaker: Leymah Gbowee

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Leymah Gbowee speaks at the ELCA Youth Gathering about hope in all the pain in the world....

Eternity Episode 1: Failing, Falling, and Flying

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Put away your flannel-graphs because this study of Genesis is anything but one-dimensional. This in the first episode in a series that will challenge what you think you know about seemingly familiar stories and includes guests Kevin Miller, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Reinhilde Ruprecht, Terence Fretheim, Chip Bouzard, and Beth Johnson. Spoiler alert: There’s way more grace there than you think....

Wounds and Wells: A Sermon on the Samaritan Woman

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz Weber discusses our wounds, and healing through the Living Water of Christ....

Waging the War Within

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Genesis 32:22

Pastor Colby Martin discusses the story of Jacob and who it might have been he wrestled with in the night....

Love and Mercy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr discusses the importance of God's mercy and love when, not if, we fail....

Being True to Yourself

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr discusses God's love as the thing that creates our morality, not that we experience God's love because of our own morality....

Whose Feet?

OTHER RESOURCES  |  This We Affirm

John 2 Matthew 14

Darrell Lackey discusses those that Jesus loved and what that means for who we are to love as followers of Christ....

Heart Transplant: A Sermon About Compassion When We Least Deserve It

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Matthew 14

Rev. Reagan Humber preaches about compassion and what it was to Jesus and is to us.  ...

A Letter to the Rock

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Rev. Reagan Humber writes a letter to Peter and discusses the church built on imperfection....

What if the Great Command of Jesus - Love Others - was Actually the Point

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Sheri Faye Rosendahl discusses the need for love without motive....

Gays, Christians, and Therapy

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Candice Czubernat discusses the purpose and beauty of therapy, and specifically what therapy for a gay person might look like....

Grief, Loss and Joy with David Kessler

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Rob Bell

Rob Bell invites David Kessler to talk about grief and death, for both those that have died and those that are surviving....

Belovedness

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Candice Czubernat

Candice Czubernat discusses God's love for us, as complete and without qualifications....

Living By Faith

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

From sojourngrace.com:

For Jesus to walk the path that he did, faced with abandonment and suffering, meant that he lived a life of deep faith. He trusted that great Love was holding him and guiding him. We, too, are invited to lean into a faith that sustains us, when our circumstances and the world around us can seem so broken and bruised. Jessica reminds us that faith is not the absence of fear, or doubt, or pain, but that the love of God is the river that carries us through all of it.
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The Truth about Sheep

SERMONS  |  Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz Weber preaches on what it means to be a sheep and a shepherd....

A Numbers Game or the Deep Economy of God

SERMONS  |  This We Affirm

Cindy Pincus, at House For All Sinners and Saints, preaches on God's love for us and setting our expectations....

Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy (Book Excerpt)

COMMENTARY  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Offering an alternative to classic Christian theodicies (justification of God's goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil), Wendy Farley interprets the problem of evil and suffering within a tragic context, advocating compassion to describe the power of God in the struggle against evil. In chapter five, included here, Dr. Farley discusses Divine Compassion and the Problem of Evil.

Considered a leading theologian, Wendy Farley has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices.Professor Farley received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and now teaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary. ...

Converging Paths Interview with Brian McLaren on "God Experiences"

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Brian McLaren regarding his experiences of God and how they continue to shape his personal and vocational path.  The 30-minute interview is followed by a 20 minute guided meditation....

Converging Paths Interview with Bishop John Selders

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bishop John Selders, founder of Amistad United Church of Christ and Asst. Dean of Trinity College on his experiences of God and how they continue to shape is personal and vocational path....

Converging Paths Interview with Rev. Bruce Van Blair

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews Bruce Van Blair on "God experiences" that have shaped his personal and professional life, and continue to do so.  Bruce has served as a United Church of Christ minister for over 40 years. The interview also features an extended conversation on the nature of evil as it impacts spiritual discernment. ...

Converging Paths Interview with Chuck Marohnic

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Eric Elnes

Eric Elnes interviews jazz pianist, Chuck Marohnic, on "God experiences" that have shaped his personal and professional life, as well as the relationship between music, creativity, and the spiritual path.  Chuck was the Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University for 25 years and currently resides in Louisville, KY. Chuck's music may be found at www.chuckmarohnic.com...

The Faith of Jesus in a Pluralistic World - six sermon packet

SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

John 14:1-6; Deuteronomy 32:7-12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; John 10:11-18; Acts 178:22-31; Colossians 1:13-20

This 6-sermon resource packet by pastor/biblical scholar, Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., is focussed on how Christians may "claim fully the path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths God may create for humanity" (Phoenix Affirmation 1). The series specifically and sensitively addresses Jesus' statement in John 14:6 that "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  The series helps people understand the historical and literary context of this statement, and a number of translational and interpretive possibilities that suggest that the most common interpretation (that Christianity is the only way) is the least likely one that Jesus would affirm.  Also available (at additional cost) is a complete small group video resource produced by Darkwood Brew which is available in DVD and internet streaming formats (https://darkwoodbrew....

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