A Defiant Advent // Defiant Hope // Kate Murphy

For us, it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas. For us, it is the holy season of Advent—and it has never been more important, more healing, to understand the difference.

Of course, we are tired and scared and overwhelmed, which makes it seem like exactly the time to string lights, drink hot chocolate, watch predictable Christmas movies, and buy things for those we love. And there is nothing evil or wrong about any of these things—but they won’t bring us the healing, hope, and peace that our souls are starved for.

We need Advent—these weeks of looking at the world as it is, all creation groaning as if in labor. We need these weeks to name and grieve what is broken. A season, not for shutting out the world and making wishes but, for the Spirit to call us to open our eyes and look soberly at reality—a reality that can’t be fixed with candy canes or even Congress itself.

We hope you’ll join us by listening in to this Advent series. But don’t come expecting choirs of angels singing—come expecting apocalypse. Because, before we can rejoice in what is coming, we first have to see what is. Only then— when we wake up and see how devastatingly complete the Fall is—can we find real hope. The kind of defiant hope that watches and waits for our Savior who has overcome the world and is making all things—ALL THINGS—new.

Journey With Jesus // Learning Compassion // Stuart Dugan

Have you ever noticed that life’s not fair?

Of course you have, we all do. Usually, we notice it when we come out on the short end of the stick. God’s not fair, either. Because God is compassionate and generous, we get not what we deserve, but what we need.

Yes, life isn’t fair. But, the good news is that, with God, we get more than we deserve. And yet, the good news doesn’t end there. The wild and amazing part about all of this is that as we journey with Jesus, we, too, become more compassionate and generous.

We hope that you’ll listen in as Rev. Dr. Stuart Dugan invites us to ponder the mystery of this good news, and what it means for our collective journey with Jesus.

Journey With Jesus // Embracing Humanity // Cedric Lundy

This week we Journey with Jesus on his forty-day fast in the wilderness where he faced temptation to reject his own humanity and the limitations that came with it. In some ways it’s an odd story.

  • Why would Jesus pursue solitude in the wilderness, rather than pursuing acclaim following his baptismal coming-out party?
  • What is the significance of Jesus rejecting the shortcuts to food, security, and power that the devil offered?
  • How can this story help us answer the question of how we are called to embrace our own humanity?

We hope that you’ll listen in as we welcome our friend Rev. Cedric Lundy to the pulpit and lean into the life and journey of Jesus, in all his humanity.

Journey With Jesus // Facing Fear // Eulando Henton

This Sunday, we begin a new series to explore our Journey With Jesus. And, this week, we’re talking about one thing we all face on the journey of faith…


Throughout the Bible, God says do not be afraid. It’s one of the most frequent commands in the Bible. And, though we’ve heard this word—time and time again—day in and day, we still find ourselves entangled in fear.

The problem with fear is that what we fear, we follow. And what we fear, we obey. 

So, how do we live as truly free people? How do we live unafraid in the midst of raging storms? How do we journey with Jesus, hearing and following and trusting the voice of our good shepherd and true savior? 

Listen in and hear this good word from our dear friend, Pastor Eulando Henton.