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The Counter-Cultural Call to Love – Brian Hartley

Acts 10:44-48; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
For those of you accustomed to hearing a leader’s rallying cry in the context of a sports movie, today’s texts are not only bound to disappoint but are guaranteed to fly in the face of all that you have come to expect.  Whether it’s a classic like “The Knute [...]



John 15:1-8 – Christina Smerick

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; I John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
The passages from John and 1 John always make me nervous.  In both, there is suggested a kind of test, an outward showing of an inward state: are we producing fruit?  Are we loving each other?  And as a person who constantly worries that she is not [...]



The Inclusive Shepherd – Matt Zahniser

Readings: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; and John 10:11-18.  
Text: Acts 4:12: There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” NRSV.  
Early in my first college semester I responded to the invitation of an evangelist to surrender my life [...]