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Faith Makes You Smarter

Researchers have discovered that human beings possess certain cognitive biases that can result in poor decisions and choices in life. Many of these biases like the fundamental attribution error, confirmation bias and framing have to do with how we tend to be selfish in the way we view the world. When Jesus tries to widen our perspective, he actually makes us smarter.


Let Your Faith Be Stronger Than Your Fear

Dr. Jim Keck continues his sermon series on courage this week by exploring our most common fears. Courage is not the banishing of all fear, true courage is living in the face of our fears. In fact, the Bible as a whole seems to teach that life's journey will be perilous, but its faith that allow us to press onward. Come join the journey of faith this weekend!


The Courage to Be Unguarded

Like a fencer that announces "En Guarde" we often imagine we must be ready to defend ourselves and act as if life is a competitive match we must "win." But what if we had the courage to simply and calmly display our true selves and live life with a greater simplicity and authenticity? Using the beloved story of Zacchaeus in the Gospel of Luke, Dr. Jim Keck will urge us all to "go out on a limb" and live an unguarded life.


The Courage to Name Names

Let me tell you a story about a women who was sexually assaulted by a man with great political power. As a victim forced to live with her abuser, she is threatened, yet again, by a different man in power. Now, she faces an impossible decision. Do I protect what little security I have left and remain silent? Or, do I risk everything and come forward to name the man who has become my living nightmare?


The Courage to Be…lieve

In the theological classic The Courage to Be, Paul Tillich details that the fundamental courage is a deep self-affirmation that empowers a person to live into their destiny. But the end of the book concludes with a mystical flourish about how true courage must doubt God and discover the "God above God." This is the true God beyond the concrete symbols of religion, the God beyond our theological beliefs. Courageous faith encounters the Infinite.


The Courage to Be

This fall First-Plymouth will begin a special spiritual focus on COURAGE. The ancients considered it the virtue that undergirded all virtues because it takes courage to act upon ones convictions. Without courage no virtue would ever be manifested. Dr. Jim Keck
will launch the years theme with a two-part sermon series on the theological classic "The Courage to Be" by Paul Tillich. 


The Courage to Resist

Courage. What is it? What has it looked like? What can it look like? How can it show up in me? The time is ripe to explore these questions. The first of a three part sermon series about cultivating the courage needed for our time. In part 1, Pastor Patrick looks at courageous resistance in the stories of the prophet Daniel and Colin Kaepernick. Yeah, he went there.


Can Hearts Really Change

Let me introduce you to a refugee. This beautiful human being is a brilliant visionary and courageous preacher. He is a prophet in exile. Meet Ezekiel. Listen as we look at the human heart through this prophet’s eyes. Can the “hearts of stone” that inflict such damage soften into hearts of flesh?


Climbing the Ladder of Love

American Christianity tends to imagine that "salvation" consists of some sort of divine pardon for our sins. But an older and more eastern form of Christianity speaks instead of "theosis" which is a process of becoming more perfect and holy. This is a small difference, really. But sometimes merely accenting the positive can change  our whole understanding. 


The Miracle of Personality

Jesus encounters a blind beggar on the road but he does not see a blind beggar. Rather than a bunch of categories, he sees a person. And, amazingly, he asks the person what he wants instead of making easy presumptions. Jesus honors the inherent dignity of this person and a miracle ensues.


Pushed to the Edge

How do you imagine the temptation of Jesus? Is it the story of a triumphal stand against the villain's pitiful attempts to derail our hero? Or is it the story of a vulnerable Messiah being so afflicted with kryptonite of the heart he nearly capitulates? This Sunday, join Pastor Patrick Messer as we take a fresh look at the forces that can push faith to the very edge... and how we can draw from the deep wells of strength that sustained Jesus in the wilderness.


Let Jesus Talk

Let's take Jesus seriously as a thinker. Strangely, Jesus' own ideas often get overshadowed by centuries of thought about him: his birth, his divinity, his mission, his atonement, etc. But Jesus himself had things to say. Usually, it had to do with what he called the "Kingdom of Heaven". What is he trying to tell us? 


Captive to Joy

The great Psalm 126 refers to the joy the Hebrew people felt when they were released from the Babylonian captivity. Dr. Jim Keck explores how there are many forms of captivity in our own lives and how we must move from captivity to captivation. Indeed, our God is always working to release us from our prisons of perspective into the holy land of joy.


Deep Dive

Up north on a Minnesota lake one hears the emblematic, and hauntingly beautiful, calls of the Loon. Unlike ducks and other waterfowl that have hollow bones for buoyancy, the amazing Loon has solid bones that allow it to take incredibly deep dives into the water to catch fish. 


A Water to Wine Kind of Faith

God is love. What kind of love? A radical, dangerous kind of love that looks like Jesus. It is the kind of love that intoxicated generations of followers. What is your sense of Jesus? Can you still taste the new wine of such subversive love or is it watered down by religious tribalism, baptized imperialism, and spiritual consumerism? 


Life's Too Short to Spend Time Being Mean

Have you ever thought about the words we recite to parents as they bring their child before the church to be baptized?  In Luke 2 we have a small glimpse a Jesus as a child and this short passage is packed with lessons for all of us.  Let's explore what it means to be a community of faith promising to support, love and teach the children and youth in our church.  


A Community's Promise

Have you ever thought about the words we recite to parents as they bring their child before the church to be baptized?  In Luke 2 we have a small glimpse a Jesus as a child and this short passage is packed with lessons for all of us.  Let's explore what it means to be a community of faith promising to support, love and teach the children and youth in our church.