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Apr

22

He Will Be Seen – Kent Dunnington

Luke 24:36-48
Christ is risen.
“He is risen indeed.”
This is the third Sunday of Easter.  Easter morning is behind us, but it is still Easter.
It was Easter evening, and we were all there.  There with the eleven remaining disciples in that house in Jerusalem. They had invited us; some of us were their friends.  Do you remember? [...]

Apr

15

Second Sunday of Easter – Niqui Reinhard

Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; I John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31
A few weeks ago, for part of my spring break trip, I went to visit my aunt and uncle and their four young kids in Michigan. At one point I overheard a conversation between my four-year-old cousin, Ellie, and her mom. “Mom, can Niqui ride in the [...]

Apr

08

A Fearful Event – Brian Hartley

Mark 16:1-8
In the spring of 1985, I found myself spending a few days with one of my friends and mentors, Dr. Howard Snyder, during his days of pastoring at Chicago’s Irving Park Free Methodist Church.  I had just arrived in time for the evening house-meeting when one of the newest members stuck his head into [...]

Apr

01

The Divine Economy – Ben Wayman

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 15:1-39
Adam Smith was an 18th century social philosopher who is perhaps most responsible for how Americans understand economics today.  Smith is best known for his economic theory of  “an invisible hand,” which basically maintains that when an individual pursues her own self-interest, she does what is best for [...]