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Sermon Study Guides

Enduring | Laurie Brenner | August 28

Review:  Mark Labberton talked about Jesus’ message being meant to wake us up, to assault a domesticated view of God.  In talking about the centurion’s conversation with Jesus about a sick servant, Labberton reminded us that we follow “an enemy-loving God.” (See Romans 5:8 “…while we were still sinners [enemies of God]…”)  more...

Unexpected Communion | Mark Labberton | August 21

Review:  Laurie Brenner talked about what “works” for us, and our tendency to discard ideas we’re not comfortable with, including what we read in scripture or hear at church.  She reminded us that such a reaction may be ignoring the power of the Spirit and the work of God in us.  How have you stepped out in faith to participate in something that demonstrates God’s work in us, beyond what we can do on our own power?  What happened?   more...

Effective | Laurie Brenner | August 14

Review:  What issue(s) did you think about, and consider how God views them?  Have you lamented how that issue has been treated in the broader church?  How did that impact you?more...

The Necessity of Lament in Troubled Times | Soong-Chan Rah | August 7

Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church. Engaging in urban ministry is his passion, and he enables and expands the understanding of his students of the values of racial reconciliation and social justice that combine in the relationship between the church and urban settings.more...

Embraced and Invited | Renee Notkin | July 31

About Renée Notkin:  As the pastor of Union Church, UPC’s satellite congregation in South Lake Union, Renée Notkin’s passion is to biblically and theologically encourage people that the God on High delights in them and invites them into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ through the equipping of the Spirit. Renée received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Washington and her M.Div. from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.) more...

Love Anyway | Jer Swigart | July 24

Jer Swigart is a faith leader, social innovator, and the Co-Founding Director of a peacemaking training organization called The Global Immersion Project. He and his family live in Bend, Oregon. more...

Encountered | Laurie Brenner | July 17

Review: Renee Sundberg challenged us to seek out and embrace an opportunity to form a relationship with someone different than ourselves. What opportunities did you act on this week?more...

The Three R’s of the Gospel | July 10 | Renee Sundberg

Review:  Rodger Nishioka said, “The image you bear is the one to whom you belong.”  Whose image did you bear in your life this week? How do others see the image of God in you?more...

The Kingdom vs. The Empire | July 3

Review:  Dr Brenda Salter McNeil challenged us, like Esther, to use our influence, access, privilege and position to advocate for the cause of the Kingdom of God.  Where is God telling you, “Yes, you.” when you are asking, “Who, Me?” more...

Who Me? - A Call to Reconciliation for Such a Time As This | June 26

Review:  Rich Stearns challenged us to consider what we will do for Jesus – in the form of caring for the poor and refugees in the world.  What have you done?more...