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Jesus went back to his hometown and was rendered essentially powerless by the unbelief of people who were not willing to see him for more than he had been. This passage offers us a moment to learn about the process of transformation, so that we continue to grow in faith and not be the ones limiting the flow of the Spirit of God. This story also inv…
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We are prone to repeating and repeating and repeating behavior that keeps us in cycles that at least hold us back and sometimes cause enormous pain and suffering in ourselves, relationships, and world. There is a way forward that leads to freedom, health and growth for one and all.Kirjoittanut CrossWalk Community Church Napa
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Any of the titles we ascribe to God or Jesus both liberate and limit. Lord is both wonderful and problematic, helpful in some ways and restrictive in others. But what if the Lord's Kingdom has been misrepresented to us? What if our vision has been overly influenced by our conquering past and world-dominating Super Power present (hint: it has). This…
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History changed the understanding of savior into an otherworldly superhero who came to save the day and will come again to do it again a final time. Too bad that's not how Jesus - or his original audience - wanted to be known. Imagine how history would have unfolded differently if the actual rendering of the word savior as healer would have dominat…
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In this teaching, informed by the book, Freeing Jesus, by Diana Butler Bass, we take a look at Jesus as a friend. Note: the whole service was about friendship, including a game of Name That Tune, a short film and meditation based on friendship, and the teaching. If you'd like to watch it, go to our Live videos and check out 2024-04-07.…
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Sometimes we don't experience the full impact of the story because we constantly break it up into smaller chunks. This week, enjoy hearing Mark's version of the full story of Jesus' last week of life with some breaks for reflection, a meditation, and some music from Mark 11, 14 and 15.Kirjoittanut CrossWalk Community Church Napa
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The version of the death of Jesus as a sacrifice for sin is well known and has been effective in causing many to join the Christian faith. Yet there are aspects that are deeply problematic - so much so that many are leaving the faith because of ithem. The earliest understanding of the cross didn't see it as a means of forgiveness, but as a model fo…
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God - however we understand who and/or what God is - is all about the Hebrew concept of shalom. Deep peace, well-being, wholeness are some words in English that don't quite capture it. And then there's the beautiful mind-bender part of shalom that somehow brings together seeming opposites. When we embrace this fully, we discover that the most awful…
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Jesus had his mind blown during his baptism, which sent him into the wilderness to sort out who he was, who he wanted to be, and what he wanted to be about. The temptations toward ego were strong, but he chose for God's shalom instead. When he came out of his time away, he essentially invited any and all others to do the same.…
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While mysticism born from meditation, contemplation, and other spiritual disciplines always affects more than just the devotee, we need to be reminded that all of the great voices and leaders who advanced shalom in the world gave themselves to the service of others or causes greater than themselves. What they experienced of the divine compelled the…
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Welcome to the first teaching in the new series, Simplicity, Spirituality, and Service, loosely based on Bruce Epperly's latest book by the same name. This week we are reminded of the essential component of Jesus' Gospel - the role of the Spirit - in forming our vision and steps to bring more and more shalom into our lives and world.…
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Why didn't the folks of Bedford Falls come after George with torches and pitchforks once the arrest warrant was issued? Why did Luke want to draw our attention to Mary, the cave-barn, and the shepherds in the field the night Jesus was born? How was Jesus informed by his own birth narrative? What does this mean for how we live our lives as people of…
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The natural response when filled with gratitude is to be gracious and giving toward others, to become more interested in others' well-being. When communities work together for the wellbeing of others, this necessarily becomes political, as shalom calls faithful communities to ensure shalom's development for everything, everyone, everywhere.…
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The problem of evil is a significant reason many people leave the faith. The classic paradigm works for many, yet a growing number of people cannot accept a perspective that ultimately holds God responsible for the evil in the world that God could apparently thwart if desired. Open and Relational Theology offers another perspective that makes more …
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Synopsis. The heavens declare the goodness of God. Creation itself – from the smallest organisms to the expanding universe – are generative, life-supporting, and beautiful. Such a trajectory means that the guiding energy or force behind it is supportive, creative, faithful, reliable, consistent, generous, caring, and many other words that, taken to…
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This teaching features the perspective of three Process theologians: Marjorie Suchocki, Bruce Epperly, and Monica Coleman. Suchocki begins with an overview of prayer from a Process lens, followed by related thoughts from Epperly and Coleman. The latter two then address the question of praying for healing, specifically, offering their own "how to" a…
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The deconstruction and reconstruction process of faith – which we should expect to be an ongoing experience throughout our lives – can be extremely challenging at times. We may certainly wonder if God is even real. Such massive questions impact our confidence and interest in prayer. Sometimes we give up. Jesus instructs us to keep on praying, thoug…
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Prayer is about living and breathing attuned to God in a dynamic relationship. We do our best to remain conscious of the spiritual sea we’re all swimming in, responsive to the winds of the spirit, and humble enough to admit that we may have been nudged by God without knowing it was God, which should elicit awe. When lived this way, life is truly a …
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Christ is the environment in which we all live and breathe and have our being. It connects us, comforts us, inspires us, heals us, moves us, woos us. Christ is that aspect of God that is always on the move everywhere, in everything, the Source of ongoing creative energy, novelty, ingenuity. Much larger than the focus of God’s presence on one leader…
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The teaching this week happened to dovetail nicely with the lectionary texts being used by thousands of churches worldwide this week: Psalm 119:33-40 (MSG) GOD, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I…
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I wasn’t sure how to title this series on prayer. I landed on Entangled: Quantum-Informed Prayer because it is so abundantly clear... I could have gone with Prayer after we let go of God as Merlin or Genie or Santa... But I figured that might be too much for those who love those paradigms. In his book, Praying with Process Theology, Bruce Epperly o…
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What can God do? How powerful is God? How much does God know? How does God interact with the created world? What do we learn about God in the story of Jonah? Given that the entire purpose of the tale is to hold a mirror to Israel’s face to point out their hateful prejudice toward other human beings as a contradiction of God’s love for everyone, we …
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You are familiar with the story, and perhaps have even ridden a ride taking you through it. Geppetto is an Italian clock maker who is alone in the world (save his cat and goldfish). To offset his loneliness for companionship, he crafts a young boy marionette, which he names Pinocchio. Seeing the wishing star appear before he went to bed, he wished …
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