What a friend we have in Jesus? Is that just a sweet, sappy song from a too-simple individualized salvation theology? Or is this concept grounded in the Gospel of John, offering a radical idea of friendship with Christ that gives us an opportunity to grow and expand this theology throughout our lifetime. What does it mean to us now, to be friends with Jesus.
April 18, 2021 – Third Sunday of Easter
We often associate Jesus’ friend Thomas with doubt, and he is usually called “Doubting Thomas.” But all Thomas does is ask for what he needs. Is that doubt? Or is that simply being persistent and clear with God? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West explores this post-Easter encounter with Jesus.
Requiem and Resurrection. That is the reality and the paradox of Easter. But the paradox of Easter is also the Good News of Easter. No matter what you are carrying, or what you are looking for in the future, Easter is able to hold it all. Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell talks about this Easter paradox, especially in a year of Zooming from Easter to Easter.
In a bizarre story occurring in the book of Numbers, the NRSV translates, “Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died.” Is there something we are missing in this passage? And if so, how might that missing puzzle piece change the way we understand our world and our place in it? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West explores this passage.
When Jesus was confronted in the wilderness with temptations and pestered all through his life by the expectations of others, even his friends, he had to say No, in order to say Yes to his authentic ministry. When their preconceptions were challenged with the vision of a future that they had thought impossible, Abraham and Sarah had to say No, in order to say Yes to the purpose God had in mind for them. Listen as Karen Bryant Shipp reflects on saying No to say Yes!
God made us for resilience, but how do we claim and live into that resilience again and again? Starting this Sunday, we begin exploring this theme throughout Lent. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on God’s covenant with creation.
Dr. Caleb Oladipo is Professor at Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC, who shares and reflects on our Covenant promise “I will be sensitive to God’s message as it comes to me from persons. . .”