Posts Tagged: Disciples of Christ

072119 – Abide In Me (General Assembly)

Rev. Nancy C. Gowler was selected from other applicants to be the 2019 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Sunday night worship service preacher.  Hear her amazing take on “abide in me” here. Pastor Nancy at the 2019 General Assembly – “Abide in Me” Hometown Video  |  Audio  |  Full worship service video  | … Read more

102316 – Disciples Resist Toxic Faith

It’s easy to fall into the trap of following a checklist for Christian living–do these good things and you earn a gold star for discipleship. While Jesus is clear that the way in which we live reflects our participation in the realm of God, Jesus warns his followers to be wary of hypocrisy. In the… Read more

101616 – Disciples Wrestle with the Tough Questions

Using Paul Gauguin’s Vision after the Sermon as a starting point, Pastor Nancy considers the ways in which Disciples take seriously their faith. We wrestle with Scripture, approaching difficult texts with humility, and bringing to tough conversations the overarching ethic of inclusive love found in Jesus’s teachings. We wrestle with ourselves, taking seriously the need… Read more

090416 – Disciples Do, Not Just Believe

Pastor Nancy begins a fall preaching series on discipleship with a sermon on some of Jesus’ most difficult sayings in the gospel of Luke. “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26) What in the… Read more

082315 – On Not Being Bound by Old Metaphors

“I’m in the Lord’s Army,” the old Vacation Bible School chorus declares. But what happens when the metaphors of battle and warfare no longer speak to our 21st century context? How can Christians read militaristic Scripture texts in a world all too weary of religious conflicts and war? Pull up a chair, pour yourself a… Read more

081615 – Conversations with Crazy Uncles (Ephesians 5:15-33)

Love and unity, submission and obedience, husbands and wives, Christ and the Church–the author of Ephesians wrestles with how to adapt to the complex social norms of the first century. How can these archaic and patriarchal understandings of marriage rooted in long-forgotten marital practices inform modern day issues, e.g. marriage equality? Listen as Pastor Nancy… Read more