Joseph the Dreamer rose to one of the most powerful positions in Egypt, but not until after being sold into slavery by his brothers, being sexually assaulted by his boss' wife, and serving time in prison. Part two of Joseph’s story is one of powerful and surprising.
Noah and the flood is a story of a culture wrestling to understnd why disaster happens and who God is in the middle of them. Pastor Debbie offers her insights into these questions.
Jacob and Esau has a troubled relationship, due in no small part to Jacob's habitual trickery. As young men they parted in strife, but many years later they were able to embrace in love. What lessons does this have for us today?
This is the second half of the 'Sodom and Gomorrah' story, where Lot flees to the hills with his daughters and Lot's wife turns to salt in the road. It's a difficult story of destruction, rape, and violence, but even in the ugly narrative it is possible to find evidence of God's compassion.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is a beautiful story, but one whose tropes and interpretations have become riddled with misinformation through the centuries. This sermon clears up a few translation errors, and invites us to understand this story as one of grace rather than of condemnation.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is often told as a parable of judgement against the LGBTQ+ community. But a closer reading of the text reveals that it is more concerned with the denial of love than the sharing of it.
fb: Sodom and Gomorrah have oft been used to wield judgement on LGBTQ+ people. But what if that message is missing the point entirely?
The third chapter of Ruth bears testament to the ways poverty, power, and gender overlap in noxious ways. But it also gives us a story of subversive, willful choice that displays the complicated and varied forms that love and family can take.
"Religious law" can be perceived or used as a tool of oppression. But reality is more complicated than that. The second chapter of Ruth gives us an example of religious law that legislates compassion.
Love takes many forms. The story of Ruth shows demonstrates a special kind of love that risks everything and lets nothing, not economic security, nationality, gender, or expectation, stand in its way.
Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch shows us that there are no barriers of background, identity, class, race, or gender between us and God. Not only that, but this story empowers those on the margins of modern society to claim leadership in shaping the future of the church.
Sometimes the vitriol of another person or group can feel insurmountable and immutable. But the ancient story of Paul on the road to Damascus, as well as more recent stories of radical change, remind us that there is always hope and possibility.
When people hear the story of Jesus’ writing in the sand, they tend to get preoccupied trying to figure out what he was writing. But the story is about so much more. Pastor Debbie shows us how this is a story that both acknowledges sin and displays abounding grace.