Ben and Matt reflect on Julian of Norwich, a 15th-century English mystic (and “anchoress!”)who wrote the earliest surviving book in English to be written by a woman. It was in this book that she wrote that Jesus spoke to her these words that have since…
Ben shares an excerpt from St. Augustine’s commentary on John on how the “new” command of Jesus to “love one another” is what keeps us organically connected to each other, even in seasons when we can’t be together physically.
Ben and Matt reflect on how we are seeking to err on the side of forgoing our American rights in order to embrace our Christian responsibility to honor each other in humility and work for the common good.
Ben and Matt reflect on the complexities of discerning when and how to gather in-person as a church again, now that the “shelter-in-place” orders are being lifted.
Ben and Matt reflect on the ancient tradition of “passing the peace,” what it signifies, and how it may need to change practically when we are able to come back together in-person for worship.
Matt and Sharon discuss how the stresses of the pandemic have brought new pain points into their parenting.
Ben and Matt discuss the difference between prayer as begging God to do something and prayer as “making a claim on reality,” and read from a prayer book that has been meaningful for both of them.
Ben and Matt discuss how difficult this has been for parents with young kids, and how easy it is to feel shame about that.
Ben and Matt discuss whether the “shelter-in-place” order from the government is a religious freedom issue or not, plus an imaginative exercise on what might actually be a religious freedom issue.
Ben and Matt discuss some implications and extra thoughts from the sermon yesterday, on what it means to be holy, how our view of the Old Testament sacrificial system play into that, and how all of that affects our picture of God.