Power and the King

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Ezekiel 34:11-20

During Christ the King Sunday, we approach the dangerous question of power. Is it inherently corruptive? Is it a neutral force? Both the prophet Ezekiel and Jesus speak forcefully about power in today’s readings, both our broken use and God’s just use of it. Join Peet Dickinson as he examines Scripture, finds us convicted, and witnesses the power of the true King.

Our Primary Hope

The Rev. Danny Clark | Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom is loaded with a sense of immediate expectation, an expectation the Christian story finds met in the future return of Christ Jesus. Why is so much strong expectation loaded onto this future return? How are followers of Jesus to live in light of this? How does this parable call us to prepare? Join RUF director Danny Clark as he peers into this future expectation and finds within the deepest hope of the Christian.

Heroic Love

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Ephesians 1:15-23

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians opens with thanksgiving for the city’s Christians and a prayer on their behalf, that God would continue to reveal to them the “immeasurable greatness of his power.” How does God do this, and what shape does this power take in the lives of Christians? Join Peet Dickinson as he explores these questions through the lens of the Sermon on the Mount, and finds what it means to possess power in the Gospel, and even what it means to be a saint.

Listen & Speak 2017: Session 3

Andy Crouch | Being Known

One of our greatest needs as human beings is to be in community. We were designed to be “looking for someone who is looking for us.” This facet of the imago dei is a key element of the church’s mission in the empire of technology. Andy Crouch argues that the church can be a place that people can be known and loved. This is especially important for those on the fringe of society. We are called to be a community of welcome for a lonely world.

Listen & Speak 2017: Session 2

Andy Crouch | Work and Rest

As part of being created in the image of God, human beings are called to reflect God’s creative capacity. Namely, we are to engage in work that involves giving order to creation and filling it with abundance. When our work engages our hearts, souls, minds, and strength then we can also embrace true rest in enjoyment of our work.

Listen & Speak 2017: Session 1

Andy Crouch | Heart-Soul-Mind-Strength

What is a human person? Andy Crouch argues that God has designed us to love him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This must inform our understanding of work, rest, technology, and vocation.