Departures | Brad Nelson

January 25, 2015, Sunday Worship
Whether it’s Abraham leaving his father’s country, the Israelites leaving Egypt, or the disciples leaving their nets, whenever God invites us to newness of life, before we can take hold of the newness, a departure is required. The hard part, it seems, is unlearning and leaving behind the things we’ve been handed.

People of the Shovel | Brad Nelson

January 18, 2015, Sunday Worship
Jesus finishes the Sermon on the Mount with a series of warnings. The final warning has to do with hearing God’s words and putting them into practice. It’s as if Jesus knows Allen Iverson’s classic rant is coming: “Practice? We talkin’ bout practice?” Yes, Jesus seems to suggest. We’re talking about practice. As humans we have an incredible capacity to live into things. We become what we practice. We become what we behold. We become what we surround ourselves with. Jesus urges his followers to put his words into practice, and in doing so, to find a life that is secure against life’s storms.

False Teachers | Brad Nelson

January 11, 2015, Sunday Worship
I doubt very much that you’ve been losing sleep lately over false teachers. Yet, the fact remains that we live in a world of competing voices, all of them seeking to speak into our lives. Which ones are trustworthy? Especially in a religious context in which many differing voices claim to be speaking for God, how do we discern well?

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost | Brad Nelson

January 4, 2015 Sunday Worship