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    On the Right Path: Matthean Discipleship

    2nd Sunday after Pentecost sermon video Perhaps Jesus’ most famous last words, the Great Commission reads like a to-do list of actions to take on behalf of Christ as one left to carry on the mission. Bring out the action-centered nature of Mattheans, people who love a good plan and a well-executed mission for Christ. “Mattheans are the disciples with an active faith. If you need something done, call a Matthean. Actually, you probably won’t even need to call them. They are probably already there.” “Mattheans love all the things that go on at church. … They usually appreciate unison prayers or shared creeds. They expect people to sing the…

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    Catching Fire: Markan Discipleship

    "Markan Discipleship, seen through the lens of these last words spoken by Jesus before his ascension: Markans are empowered by the Holy Spirit, believe in miraculous events, are creative and unbound, and a bit chaotic in their expression of discipleship.”(Michelle Morris) For those who believe, these are the signs that accompany them: with Jesus’ name, you will cast out demons of racism, you will speak in new tongues of justice, you will pick up, grasp, the scheming snakes of rhetoric that justifies drawing lines to protect the interests of the already privileged and perpetuates the exploitation of the under-resourced, and if you are given the poisonous, deadly drink of indifference…

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    Rings of Fire

    Jesus’ disciples scattered for a variety of reasons: some out of fear, others harassed, pressured to disburse. We, too, have effectively been scattered by the force of COVID-19. While isolation, each to her home, began at the direction of governing officials, many maintain isolation out of choice. Yet, for those who believe Jesus has conquered the world, the decision to remain at home is no choice at all. Not really. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a being with exceptionally acute vision – eyes to see – wrote in his essay, Circles, “everything looks permanent until its secret is known.” Emerson circles around and again the idea that one’s view is a circumference…