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61 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Hopes and Fears and Dreams (Pastoral Conversation)
In the spirit of a recent clergy gathering, and the start of a brand new year, we are taking the opportunity to look at where we have been as the Church, where we are, and where we are going. Hope, fears, dreams, vision, and a whole lot of the Holy Spirit. Join us for a conversation that reaches a lot of topics, and takes us a lot of places.
45 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
The Wedding at Cana (Bible Study)
Well, it happened: Covid has come to the James house! We're all ok (and hope to stay that way) but it also means we're on Zoom today. But if you can stand the funky audio, we've got a great bible study on a famous and rich story: Jesus turning water into wine during the wedding at Cana. What do we make of this extravagant miracle? What does this sign say about who God is and what God cares about? Thanks for being with us!
50 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
The Mysterious Magi (Bible Study)
It's a familiar story...maybe too familiar, in fact. We think we know all there is to know about the Three Kings and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But what's really going on here and what's it all about? Jump into Epiphany with us, as we explore the journey of the Magi, as found in Matthew 2:1-12.
50 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
We're a little more than a week out from Christmas, and do we have a lot to say...about the New Year, about Advent, about the Magnificat, about Christmas Eve! (And all of it, of course, is germaine to the season.) Join us this week for a little of this, a little of that, and a whole lot of Christmas.
47 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Advent Peace (Bible Study)
Can you believe we're already getting ready for the second Sunday of Advent? Time seems to be hurtling by, and us with it. But this week, a pause, as we listen for the voice of one calling from the wilderness, "Prepare!" But what are we preparing for, and how do we do it? Join us this week as we talk John the Baptizer, repentance, peace, and hygge.
50 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Birth Pangs and Death Throes (Bible Study)
This week, two stories of disruption and uncertainty - both of which, in their own way, challenge us to be faithful. They force us to face hard things: delayed promise, unfulfilled needs, a scary world, and everything we can't control. And then they call us to be open and courageous, patient and present for the meeting of our moment. These convulsive pains we're feeling - are they birth pangs or death throes? The answer, of course, is yes - both of these things are happening. Both are valid, and both need to be attended to as the work of ministry. These days, we are all chaplains and we are all midwives.
52 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Spending Our Lives (Bible Study)
Once again, Mark packs a whole lot into very few verses. What looks like a simple call to give sacrificially is actually a pointed critique of the abuses of religious institutions, and a call to thoughtful, intentional, daily stewardship. With Mark, it's never simple. Join us this week for a deep dive into the story of the Widow's Mite.
35 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Halloween / All Saints Special
What a time! This weekend mixes the sacred, the secular, the Christian, the pagan, life and death in one glorious, slightly anarchic festival. In church, we are holding together endings and beginnings, and everywhere, we are playing with identity, power, humor, and fear. All of this brings us out of our individual routines into the blessed mess of community, in search of what is real and right - or at least a lot of fun!
46 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Name It and Claim It (Bible Study)
This week it's a simple story, with a whole lot going on...the tale of the healing of Bartimaeus. It calls back to the stories that have preceded it in the last month, while at the same time looks forward to what happens next in the Gospel of Mark, the Triumphal Entry. The story is about faith, about vision, about Self, about the Kingdom of God, about having the courage to speak up. Join us for an exploration of all these things, and more, as we dive into Mark 10:46-52.
59 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
When Worlds Collide (Bible Study)
We are in the book of Job this week, and the Gospel of Mark, respectively. Both passages, although quite different, speak to the cultural moment we are in. Job, although one of the oldest texts in the bible, engages directly with the grief and pain that seem to be so prominent in our world and in our personal lives right now. And Jesus in Mark speaks directly to the systems of domination that surround us, and call us into new and different ways of being. God is still speaking in both of these texts as we investigate what happens when worlds collide.
44 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
What Must I Do? (Bible Study)
It's a seemingly simple question the man has for Jesus..."What must I do to inherit eternal life?" But Jesus' answer is anything but simple. It is rich, and complex, and in many ways, decidedly uncomfortable. Join us as we discuss camels, the eyes of needles, and what it might take to live a whole, abundant life.
57 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
For a Time Such as This (Bible Study)
It's all about courage this week...whether we're exploring the story of Esther and her defense of the Jewish people against an existential threat, or diving into Jesus' prophetic sayings in Mark 9 about boundaries and defending the vulnerable, the courage to risk is at the heart of this week's lectionary. Join us for two wildly different, yet profoundly intersecting passages about standing for what's right and good where you are, as who you are.
53 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Who's the Greatest? (Bible Study)
There's a whole lot of everything happening here in Mark 9:30 - 37...another prediction of Christ's passion and resurrection, another time the disciples don't get it, another teaching moment about the Kingdom of God. It may sound like "We've been there, we've done that," but put all together, these short eight verses upend the whole transactional system of power that the world tells us we have to participate in. Here, Jesus shows us another way, God's way.
57 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Special: Salvation (Part 3)
Part three of our mini-series on salvation explores six more ways Christians have answered the question, "What are we saved from?" Maybe you've only heard one version of this story in your life, but whatever that one was, it isn't the only way. There is no one way - just many ways of expressing who we believe God is to us. All of them right, all of them limited, all of them true, all of them incomplete. So, if you ever wanted to listen to two pastors talk for nearly an hour, only to conclude that this is all beyond us, this just might be the episode for you!
57 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
One More For the Road (Bible Study)
This is the last week in our respective summer series, and we've got some big ideas to discuss. The last book at FCC Dundee, by David Zahl, is called, "Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion And What To Do About It." (Whew!) Its a fascinating book about how religious we can be about "non-religious" things - and how we are searching for meaning, purpose, identity, belonging, and a sense of our own "enoughness" everywhere. And for Pastor Paige's last stop "on the road," there isn't an arrival, but another sending-out: Jesus' Great Commission. All of this challenges us with some great questions: what are we looking for? Can we get there from here? Where is the good news in all of this?
64 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Holy Discomfort (Bible Study)
Taking a break from our short series on salvation, we tackle some uncomfortable things this week. Pastor Aaron explores Psalm 10, and righteous lament, while Pastor Paige travels with Saul to Damascus, and talks about what we do when everything is upside down, and an answer isn't apparent. Both places that are difficult to be in, but are part of the spiritual journey.
80 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Special: Salvation (Part 2) - with Dr. Jim Halverson, PhD.
With Pastor Paige on a well-deserved break, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Jim Halverson, PhD, a member of FCC Dundee and a professor at Judson University. Jim has particular expertise in Medieval Christianity, the Reformation, and world history, and he brings that knowledge to bear on our questions about salvation: What are we saved from - and how? How have we answered these questions differently through the ages? How is our cultural context - our lived experience - reflected in how we think about God? All this and a lot more (yikes - it's kind of a long episode)! We hope you find this interesting and inspiring!
59 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Special: Salvation (Part 1)
A small detour from following our Summer Series pattern, we are taking some time to follow up on a topic we touched on a few weeks ago...Salvation. What is it? What are we saved from? What are we saved to? How does it all work, anyway? This language is at the core of our faith, but what does it really mean? Pastors Paige and Aaron begin a mini-series on this important and interesting topic.
43 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
The Stories We Tell (Bible Study)
We're back! After a week away, we are returning to an exploration of the Summer Series we are doing. This week, Pastor Aaron is reading "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants," by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It's a series of essays that encompass all the various parts of Kimmerer's experience as a botanist and a member of the Potawatomi Nation. On this episode, we focus on the power of our creation narratives to mold and shape us. And the Roadtrip Summer Series takes Pastor Paige to the story of The Good Samaritan, a story that is so familiar that it has become woven into the very cloth of our culture. This story is about us, for better or for worse, and we listen carefully as we hear Christ say, "Go and do likewise."
47 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Claiming and Reclaiming (Bible Study)
Another deep dive into our Summer Sermon Series, Paige gets to wax rhapsodic about her favorite Hebrew Bible story of all time, the tale of Ruth and Naomi, and the covenant that make with each other. Aaron is reading "Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence" by Diana Butler Bass. This book is a exploration of just some of the ways we come to know Christ, and an attempt to reclaim them for ourselves and our faith.
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