Episode 45

Episode 45

 

By Katie Hays

"You need two pockets," Rabbi Simcha said. "In one, a note: 'I am but dust and ashes.' In the other, a note: 'For my sake, the world was created.'" Or, according to Paul's Christo-logic in 1 Corinthians 3, 4, 5, and 6: "You were bought with a price."


Rev. Dr. Katie Hays is the planter-pastor and Lead Evangelist at Galileo Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), or "Galileo" for short, in Mansfield, Texas. Galileo Church seeks and shelters spiritual refugees -- those for whom church is boring, irrelevant, exclusive, or even painful -- especially LGBTQ people and the people who love them. Galileo was born in the suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth at Pentecost in 2013. galileochurch.org


 

Episode 44

Episode 44

By David Landt

 
 

The Mills Church began as ministry for children in the Minnetonka Mills neighborhood in 1898.  The Sunday School grew into a congregation and was named Minnetonka Union Church.  It was a pioneering church that united people across denominations to study the word of God and reach out and serve others.  The church was in the center of the agricultural community and welcomed people in their overalls to come and study the Bible.  

The church changed its name to Minnetonka Community Church in 1956.  Minnetonka was a quickly developing suburb and the church became known for its love for studying the Bible, warm community, and commitment to global missions.  The first 100 years of our church has been captured in a history book written by multiple members of the congregation.  This history, edited by Anna Gardner and called “The Mills Church”, is available in our library. 

In response to God’s fresh renewing work in our community and our conviction that our future is connected to our history, we adopted  The Mills Church name in September 2009.  

We are celebrating well over a century of ministry in the Minnetonka Mills neighborhood and are excited about our future as a community committed to be students of Jesus Christ.  

Our congregation is a fellowship of young and old.  We have people who have been participating in this local church for decades and those who are brand new.  We are a community of rookies and veterans when it comes to following Jesus.  We have members who have come from numerous church denominations whether they be catholic, lutheran, baptist, methodist, mennonite, presbyterian, pentecostal, no church affiliation, no religious affiliation, and other faith traditions all together.  We don?t divide ourselves into democrats, republicans, and independents.   We don?t divide ourselves into rich and poor.  We don?t divide ourselves by ethnicity or being male and female.  Rather, we unite around Jesus. We are a community of people who are dedicated to learning from and following Jesus.  Jesus is who brings and keeps us together. 


Episode 43

Episode 43

By Carla Ewert

 
 

Carla’s work life is spent coordinating happenings for the OPEN Network, an initiative of Convergence.

Carla is also a freelance writer and editor and recently co-founded Jot Writing Co. to give her an excuse to play with words, an obsession that began in childhood, continued through her Master’s degree in English, and persists to this day.

She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family. On a summer day in the Twin Cities, she’ll be cycling the city trails or playing at Lake Harriet with her two daughters. The long northern winters give her plenty of time for her other diversions—coffee and books.


Episode 42

Episode 42

 

By Joshua Scott


Josh began vocational ministry in 1997, and has been on staff at MCC since March 2005. Shortly after moving to Morgantown he married Carla, and they have an amazing son, Cohen. Josh has an MA in Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University, and he also has a B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, he teaches religion courses at both Western Kentucky University and SKY KCTCS. Some of his favorite things are: spending time with his family, watching The Office, drinking good coffee, and cheering for the West Virginia University football team. You can follow his thoughts on his blog.


 

Episode 41

Episode 41

 

With Ryan Meeks

In this episode, you'll hear from Ryan Meeks, Pastor at Eastlake Community Church in Bothell Washington. If you are a pastor who is working through the ups and downs of leading your church through full inclusion for the L.G.B.T.Q. community, this episode is for you.

To learn more about Eastlake, visit eastlakecc.com.

 

Episode 40 (Video)

Episode 40 (Video)

Public Theology And The Bible

with Brian Mclaren

Want to see more?

You can purchase this course in its entirety for only $99.

If you are interested, email Carla Ewert.

Episode 39

Episode 39

 

BY KATE CHRISTENSEN-MARTIN

In this episode you'll hear a sermon titled, "Empowered," by Kate Christensen-Martin from Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, California. 

 
 
 

Kate teaches at Soujourn Grace Collective, a progressive Christian Church in San Diego, CA.

Read more about Kate and Soujourn Grace here.


Episode 38

Episode 38

BY KATIE HAYS

 
 

“In the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt, the God of parsecs and millennia is snuggled tightly to his mother’s breast and smuggled to safety, all so that the God of parsecs and millennia can whisper into the dreams of fleeing Syrians and Somalians and Central Americans, ‘Me, too.’”


Rev. Dr. Katie Hays is the planter-pastor and Lead Evangelist at Galileo Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), or "Galileo" for short, in Mansfield, Texas. Galileo Church seeks and shelters spiritual refugees -- those for whom church is boring, irrelevant, exclusive, or even painful -- especially LGBTQ people and the people who love them. Galileo was born in the suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth at Pentecost in 2013. galileochurch.org


Episode 37

Episode 37

By Mark Tidd

 
 

Mark Tidd dreamed of being an archaeologist digging up ancient bones and artifacts. He became a follower of Christ when he first heard about Jesus as a hippie up on the Hill in Boulder. After graduating from C.U. his plans changed from digging in the dirt to digging into the Word and the human soul.He received an M.Div from Calvin Theological Seminary and has been a pastor since 1984. In March, 2010 he lost his ordination in the Christian Reformed Church because of his beliefs and practice of the full inclusion of the LGBTQ community in the life of the church. He has been described as a “one trick pony” — he always finds himself preaching about grace, in one form or another. But, as he says, “If you only have one trick, grace is a doozy.”

Mark is married to attorney Leanne DeVos, whom he claims is much smarter than he and wins all their arguments. His only respite is that a half hour later she feels guilty. They have five grown children. For decades he has been brutal to his 1971 Martin D-18 guitar he claims to love despite signs to the contrary. He and Leanne have been fully vested in restoring their Highlands area home, garden and neighborhood. He can be reached at mark@highlandschurchdenver.org.

Learn more about Highlands at highlandschurchdenver.org


Episode 36

Episode 36

By Ben Collins

 
 

About Collective Church:

We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing a multi-generational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.

Learn more about Collective at wearecollectivechurch.com


Episode 35

Episode 35

All of us at OPEN have been touched by Nancy's life, courage, and ministry. This special episode is dedicated to the legacy of hope she leaves behind for so many of us, helping us to realize that even in great hardship, God is present and still at work in us.

Episode 33

Episode 33

Is Jesus Political? Brian Mclaren shares his thoughts about Jesus, politics, and what our role is as people of faith living in such a difficult political climate from the pulpit at Forefront Church in New York City.

Episode 32

Episode 32

This episode features a joint session recorded live at #OPENfaith2016 where Paula and Jonathan Williams share about transitioning, family, courage, and hope.

Episode 31

Episode 31

This episode features Jacqui Lewis's session at OPN Faith 2016, titled "Reclaiming Evangelical." 

Episode 30

Episode 30

In this episode, you'll hear from Colby Martin, the Pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, California.

Episode 29

Episode 29

On Tuesday, September 27, New York City area clergy, Rev. Derrick Harkins, Rev. Freeman Palmer, Rev. Chloe Breyer, and Rev. Ryan Phipps were called on by Faith In Public Life to speak at a press conference in Times Square following the first 2016 Presidential Debate the night before.

This week's SERMONcast features a recording of the press conference in its entirety. 

Episode 28

Episode 28

Jason Lewis is on the Curriculum Team at Eastlake Community Church in Bothell, WA.

Episode 27

Episode 27

Some Christians have a very pessimistic view of what the future holds for humanity and planet earth. Are they right? How should we, as people of faith see the future? What’s our personal role in shaping that future? This sermon explores a popular Bible passage that suggests maybe the future can take a wonderful, positive turn.