We welcome Lucas Johnson this morning. Lucas Johnson leads The On Being Project’s work in social healing as Executive Director of Civil Conversations and Social Healing. Lucas is a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church, interned at Oakhurst Baptist Church, and was Ordained by Oakhurst Baptist Church. He is our friend and we love him.
May 16, 2021 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
We like to think we have all the answers, but what can Philip and the Ethiopian he encounters on the road teach us about the searching we have left to do? Listen as Oakhurst member Robin Ficklin-Alred explores the story of the Ethiopian’s baptism in Acts.
Very few of us are familiar with shepherds these days. The closest we come is an occasional encounter with the sheep sometimes seen grazing on weeds and underbrush around town. So what should we understand about Jesus as the Good Shepherd? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West wonders about modern-day shepherding.
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.
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.