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The Dogma is the Drama: Dorothy Sayers and the Fullness of Religion
As modern open-minded people we have been taught that dogma is an oppressive aspect of bad religion. But what if the true drama and power of the faith is in the very doctrines and dogmas that we have gleefully thrown off in an act of supposed intellectual liberation? Could it be that dogma - not taken in an overly simplistic or literal fashion - is the very lifeblood of our faith and the salvation of our lives?
A tale of Girls, Gifts and Guilt
Special Guest Jay Wilkinson
Jay Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Firespring - Nebraska's first Certified B Corporation. A graduate of MIT's Entrepreneurial Masters Program, Jay is zealous supporter and advocate of the Nebraska startup ecosystem and spends half of his time helping nonprofit organizations leverage their mission and deepen their impact.
Breaking Down the Walls of Privilege
God does not draw the boundaries we create between nations and races and classes and religions and genders, separating us from one another. Christ envisions a world where there are no strangers to fear, only neighbors to love-- a peaceable kingdom where the wolf and the lamb lie down together. Our worship will offer a fervent prayer that unity and peace can come, not from a wall built high to shield us from one another, but from a higher calling that God has planted within each of us to break down the walls to love one another.
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate that the disciples receive the Holy spirit and the Christian church is born. Does the church continue to have the Holy Spirit today and how spirited is your own life?
Mona Lisa’s Smile and Acts 1
Leonardo DaVinci used his knoweldge of optics and physiology to create one of the most beguiling and intriguing smiles ever painted in the masterwork we know as the Mona Lisa. Luke was also a great artist and there are some subtle ‘smiles” that can be discovered in his work as well.
The Apostle Paul uses athletic metaphors to describe the life of faith. In 1st Corinthians he specifically compares spirituality to running a race. He urges us to train ourselves in faith using the same approach of practice, self-discipline and the ability to overcome adversity.