The ascension is the key to the Christian life! The ascension made all the effects of Jesus’ risen life available to us and every believer in every time and place. The ascension is also when the ministry of Jesus shifts from simply being the ministry of a single man to a global community. We’ll explore all these aspects of the ascension of Jesus this Sunday.
This week's story invites us to encounter the living Jesus on our own journeys. Jesus promises us that even after he is ascended, “You will see me” (John 14:20). But we often miss the risen Jesus in our every day lives. This story shows us the many reasons we may miss him, but also invites us to ways that we have our eyes open to him more and more.
Guatemalan poet Julia Esquivel wrote a poem called “They Have Threatened Us with Resurrection.” It may sound strange that the message of Easter may be threatening. Everything Jesus is and everything Jesus taught is true and now grasps us with authority, and we will follow him wherever he leads. This Easter, let’s come expecting to meet with the risen Lord.
As we have journeyed together through the book of Luke for the last 16 months, we have heard Jesus say again and again that he must go to Jerusalem. Now finally, on Palm Sunday, we witness the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the beginning of the terrible and wonderful drama of the cross and resurrection.
Our preacher this Sunday is Dr. Wesley Hill. He is the author of the books Washed and Waiting and Spiritual Friendship, and is a frequent contributor of articles to the journals First Things and Christianity Today. Please welcome him to our community!
This week, we look at how Jesus celebrates and welcomes the littlest ones in our society, and how he not only affirms their value, but teaches that we are supposed to become like them! We’ll explore what that might mean for our daily lives.
Revolutions are often won and lost on battlefields by armies. Usually, the stronger soldiers and the superior firepower wins out, but the revolution of the King looks different in our world. This week, we'll look at Luke 19, where we see another unlikely participant in the ongoing movement of God’s kingdom becoming manifest in our world.
This week, Luke tells the example of another person Jesus meets along his path: a blind impoverished beggar. And yet, this man who is portrayed as a model disciple. We’ll look at why this blind beggar is the model disciple and what it would mean for us to become like him too.
This week, we're exploring the well-known story about Jesus’s encounter with a rich young ruler. This is a story about money, yes, and it is also a story about grace and our inability to save our own lives.
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The man described in our text this week is subject to the highest of defilements: a Samaritan who was also a leper! It's a scandalous story because Jesus not only heals this man (along with 9 others) but then holds him up as an example of faith because of his response to Jesus.
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