Pastor Chris is back! Sharing insights gained from his recent sabbatical, Chris begins a conversation that will continue to form over the coming months around the identity of the Church. If the Body of Christ is truly to be God’s primary instrument of hope for the world, it will because we are not passive observers, but are actively rooted and bearing fruit as we seek instead to be the Church.
Our dear brother and friend Dr. Greg Garrett shares this week about how Jesus invites us to work towards reconciliation in our relationships. He shares specifically how prejudice and hate fracture our world, and how Jesus is actively making things whole and new and gives us the ministry of reconciliation.
Pastor Sean Palmer offers a convicting challenge, inviting us to wrestle with our relationship to the particular sin of avarice; the attachment to money and things which leaves us with a desire that is never satisfied. When we always want more, we are never content with enough, and hold all the more tightly to what we have in ways that isolate us from community and participation in God’s Kingdom.
Ericka Graham enters the parables of the lost in Luke 15, and invites us to consider the ways that God meets us in the midst of our longings and all that may feel less than whole. We are a people called to return home from our places of isolation, ever back into the kind of communion with one another that offers healing and belonging, and into God’s waiting and ever-present embrace.
This week, our sister Margaret Feinberg invites us to enter into life’s struggles to find the God who suffered for us so that we can find healing. When God may not be healing us in one area, he may be unexpectedly healing us in other ways. The imagery in the Bible of food like grapes and olive oil help evoke the beautiful flavor of Christ that God desires to bring to the surface in challenging seasons.
Our dear brother Gideon Tsang joined us once again; offering a reflection on God’s creative artistry, and the needed reminder of the loving gaze with which we are seen, even as we are prone to resist God’s affection.
Gideon serves as a member of the pastoral team of Vox Veniae in Austin.
This week, Campus Pastor Wayne Brown kicks off a new sermon series called “Voices from Culture.” After taking his kids to see Toy Story 4, Wayne talks through some of the major themes in the Toy Story franchise and ties them to how we hear and know the voice of God all around us.
Pastor Chris Seay looks back upon both the history and present of Ecclesia, and our call as a church family to remain a compassionate and committed presence with the youngest among us as they grow into relationship with Jesus. Chris’ daughter Hanna shares how her experience of growing up here has uniquely shaped her call, and we consider how we engage with each of the Rhythms of Ecclesia for the sake of all of our kids.