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  • Vow, Week 7: Profess (Easter Sunday)

    This Week’s Text: John 20:1-18 While I have been studying John’s account of the Easter story in preparation for today, the thing that jumped off the page for me this year was how many times people miss seeing the resurrection right in front of them. Following chronologically, we have Mary missing it, then John missing it, […]

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  • Vow, Week 6: Surround, Pray

    This Week’s Text: John 12:12-19 Sadly, so many debates about the Bible end up being an angry argument over whether the Bible is the inspired Word of God or the historical thoughts and recollections of people who were in relationship with God. I think the Bible is both of those things, and I think it […]

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  • Vow, Week 5: Remain, Represent

    This Week’s Text: John 12:20-33 As you have probably picked up over the years, we pastors are a varied bunch. Just like any other field, we are all interested in and good at some things and not others. But the one thing that unites us all is our desire to hear people say, “we wish to […]

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  • Vow, Week 3: Confess, Trust, Serve

    This Week’s Text: John 2:13-22 A Japanese artist named Akasegawa would regularly pass a small staircase that led to nothing. What caught Akasegawa’s eye one day and made him stop was the fact that the wooden hand railing had been repaired. This peaked Akasegawa’s interest, and he began to keep his eye out for other artifacts […]

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  • Vow, Week 2: Accept, Resist

    This Week’s Text: Mark 8:31-38 In today’s Scripture passage, Jesus begins to directly teach his disciples that he would have to undergo suffering, rejection, and ultimately death. To Peter, this makes no sense. Jesus is the Messiah. The Messiah is supposed to overthrow the Roman Empire and sit on David’s throne, restoring authority and autonomy. The […]

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  • Vow, Week 1: Renounce, Reject, Repent

    This Week’s Text: Mark 1:9-15 This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season that lasts 40 days, not counting Sundays, that prepares us to fully experience the resurrection on Easter. The season of Lent is also traditionally a time for the church to prepare new […]

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