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Latest Episodes

No Matter Where, No Matter What (Matthew 5:13-20)

But the church has never existed for the purpose of inviting people to be successes. The church has steadfastly maintained the unenviable claim that its sole purpose is to invite people to failure—at least failure in the way much of the rest of the world sees it. We’re a people who claim to take the side of the powerless against the powerful, to worry more about securing food and housing and healthcare for the poor than securing tax breaks for the wealthy. In a world in which the beautiful, the influential, the successful get all the attention, we followers of Jesus opt for failure by being called to love those for whom so many others can manage only fear and hatred. But a people who follow a criminal executed by the state can never get too caught up in what everybody else understands as success anyway. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s6 d ago
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No Matter Where, No Matter What (Matthew 5:13-20)

Bizarro World (Matthew 5:1-12)

The Beatitudes aren't nice little self-help nuggets cross-stitched onto grandma's throw pillows. They're the revolutionary announcement of Jesus that the world we take for granted as the way things are always going to be, where rulers lie, cheat, and steal because nobody has the courage to stop them, where the hungry have their food stamps reduced, where the stranger in the land is no longer welcome—all of that is going to be displaced in favor of something new, something that couldn't stand in starker contrast to the kingdoms of this world shown to Jesus on that mountaintop in the wilderness, something that blesses those who’d have a difficult time recognizing happiness if it came and sat down next to them at the supper table. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2 w ago
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Bizarro World (Matthew 5:1-12)

The Empire Will Always Fail (Matthew 4:12-23)

But you see, fishermen are the perfect place to start for a new kingdom—one that will challenge the Roman Empire, which was always and only about enriching the people who already sat atop the food chain. The Roman Empire cared nothing for the peasants, the merchants, and those who fished for a living … except how best to pacify them, to keep them in line so they didn't cause trouble down at the country club. But this new kingdom Jesus announces is the kind of good news that appeals to everybody else—the other 99%. In fact, the news is so good that, according to Matthew, "Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in [the] synagogues and proclaiming" it—healing the social, physical, and economic disease in the land. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s3 w ago
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The Empire Will Always Fail (Matthew 4:12-23)

That's Great for You, But What About Us? (Isaiah 49:1-12)

If the church can’t find its voice when immigrants are being threatened in our own state, or when women bear the onerous burden of proof (while their abusers go on with their lives), or when houseless people are harassed because their very existence is inconvenient to society … if the church can’t stand together with the oppressed and the forgotten ones with all that going on, then whatever else it might think of itself, it’s not the church. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 sJAN 20
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That's Great for You, But What About Us? (Isaiah 49:1-12)

Bringing Forth Justice (Isaiah 42:1-9)

Justice isn’t going to be brought forth by hiring more police and investing in bigger prisons, or by some cease-fire that promises not to kill people if they promise not to kill us first. Justice will only finally be established when God raises up a people who embody the justice of God—the same God, who when faced with our propensity for violence and hatred, offered us not the sharp end of a stick but the fragile body of a Jewish peasant. That’s God’s idea of how you go about bringing forth justice. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 sJAN 13
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Bringing Forth Justice (Isaiah 42:1-9)

Lift up Your Eyes (Isaiah 60:1-6)

The world feels perilous, the shadows long. But God has shined a light on us—and partly through us—a light that illuminates for all to see what kind of a world God is busy revealing. God shines a bright light on a new world, a new kind of community—one that feels so different from the kingdoms of this world that “nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Instead of the murderous regimes that exercise power over the powerless, jealously guarding that power with murderous precision, God offers us the opportunity to participate in a light-filled world turned on its head—where the last shall be first and the first shall be last, where those who’ve been barred entry because they didn’t fit with somebody’s idea of the caliber of people who should be included on the guest list are finally ushered up the center aisle as the guests of honor. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 sJAN 7
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Lift up Your Eyes (Isaiah 60:1-6)

God With Us (Isaiah 7:10-16)

With everything feeling like it’s going to seed, the world needs a sign of God’s salvation. The world needs a God who isn't afraid to jump in, stomp around in the mud, and get some dirt under the fingernails. The world needs a God who isn't ashamed to walk the roads we walk, who isn't afraid to be with us. We need a God who embraces our humanity, and not only our humanity but a God who embraces us in the midst of each of our weak and frightened humanities. When we cry out in the dry night of our shattered existences, we need a God who listens. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2019 DEC 23
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God With Us (Isaiah 7:10-16)

It Depends on What Kind of World You're Looking For (Matthew 11:2-15)

Jesus announces a different way of thinking about what's inevitable in the world, and about what's necessary to change it, to heal it. God is busy creating a new world, one that isn't characterized by its ability to mete out redemptive violence, but by its ability to usher in a new way of living together where everyone has what they need, and all are welcome—a world where the rich and the powerful no longer call the shots, leaving the vulnerable to scratch out a living, always on the verge of isolation and death. Because here's the thing, redemptive violence doesn't bring true peace—it merely offers up the flag of a temporary cease-fire, planted on a mountain of corpses. True peace, the shalom of the Bible, requires healing and restoration, not war and destruction. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2019 DEC 16
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It Depends on What Kind of World You're Looking For (Matthew 11:2-15)

Being All Judgy (Matthew 3:1-12)

But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, judgment and repentance aren't merely calls to sinners to feel bad about their sins. They are the way systems of oppression and domination are named, as well as the direction we must turn to walk away from those systems and toward a new way of living together as God's children. John the Baptist calls out some religious folks who were confident that their celestial grades came not from their practice of the faith, but from their reputations as religious smarty-pants. The Pharisees and the Sadducees came to check out what John was doing, and he told them that they shouldn't count on their sanctified bloodlines to cause God to look the other way. Believing the right things isn't a shield against judgment. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2019 DEC 9
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Being All Judgy (Matthew 3:1-12)

Nicole Hardin Preaches at DBCC

-1 s2019 DEC 3
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Nicole Hardin Preaches at DBCC

Latest Episodes

No Matter Where, No Matter What (Matthew 5:13-20)

But the church has never existed for the purpose of inviting people to be successes. The church has steadfastly maintained the unenviable claim that its sole purpose is to invite people to failure—at least failure in the way much of the rest of the world sees it. We’re a people who claim to take the side of the powerless against the powerful, to worry more about securing food and housing and healthcare for the poor than securing tax breaks for the wealthy. In a world in which the beautiful, the influential, the successful get all the attention, we followers of Jesus opt for failure by being called to love those for whom so many others can manage only fear and hatred. But a people who follow a criminal executed by the state can never get too caught up in what everybody else understands as success anyway. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s6 d ago
Comments
No Matter Where, No Matter What (Matthew 5:13-20)

Bizarro World (Matthew 5:1-12)

The Beatitudes aren't nice little self-help nuggets cross-stitched onto grandma's throw pillows. They're the revolutionary announcement of Jesus that the world we take for granted as the way things are always going to be, where rulers lie, cheat, and steal because nobody has the courage to stop them, where the hungry have their food stamps reduced, where the stranger in the land is no longer welcome—all of that is going to be displaced in favor of something new, something that couldn't stand in starker contrast to the kingdoms of this world shown to Jesus on that mountaintop in the wilderness, something that blesses those who’d have a difficult time recognizing happiness if it came and sat down next to them at the supper table. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2 w ago
Comments
Bizarro World (Matthew 5:1-12)

The Empire Will Always Fail (Matthew 4:12-23)

But you see, fishermen are the perfect place to start for a new kingdom—one that will challenge the Roman Empire, which was always and only about enriching the people who already sat atop the food chain. The Roman Empire cared nothing for the peasants, the merchants, and those who fished for a living … except how best to pacify them, to keep them in line so they didn't cause trouble down at the country club. But this new kingdom Jesus announces is the kind of good news that appeals to everybody else—the other 99%. In fact, the news is so good that, according to Matthew, "Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in [the] synagogues and proclaiming" it—healing the social, physical, and economic disease in the land. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s3 w ago
Comments
The Empire Will Always Fail (Matthew 4:12-23)

That's Great for You, But What About Us? (Isaiah 49:1-12)

If the church can’t find its voice when immigrants are being threatened in our own state, or when women bear the onerous burden of proof (while their abusers go on with their lives), or when houseless people are harassed because their very existence is inconvenient to society … if the church can’t stand together with the oppressed and the forgotten ones with all that going on, then whatever else it might think of itself, it’s not the church. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 sJAN 20
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That's Great for You, But What About Us? (Isaiah 49:1-12)

Bringing Forth Justice (Isaiah 42:1-9)

Justice isn’t going to be brought forth by hiring more police and investing in bigger prisons, or by some cease-fire that promises not to kill people if they promise not to kill us first. Justice will only finally be established when God raises up a people who embody the justice of God—the same God, who when faced with our propensity for violence and hatred, offered us not the sharp end of a stick but the fragile body of a Jewish peasant. That’s God’s idea of how you go about bringing forth justice. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 sJAN 13
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Bringing Forth Justice (Isaiah 42:1-9)

Lift up Your Eyes (Isaiah 60:1-6)

The world feels perilous, the shadows long. But God has shined a light on us—and partly through us—a light that illuminates for all to see what kind of a world God is busy revealing. God shines a bright light on a new world, a new kind of community—one that feels so different from the kingdoms of this world that “nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Instead of the murderous regimes that exercise power over the powerless, jealously guarding that power with murderous precision, God offers us the opportunity to participate in a light-filled world turned on its head—where the last shall be first and the first shall be last, where those who’ve been barred entry because they didn’t fit with somebody’s idea of the caliber of people who should be included on the guest list are finally ushered up the center aisle as the guests of honor. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 sJAN 7
Comments
Lift up Your Eyes (Isaiah 60:1-6)

God With Us (Isaiah 7:10-16)

With everything feeling like it’s going to seed, the world needs a sign of God’s salvation. The world needs a God who isn't afraid to jump in, stomp around in the mud, and get some dirt under the fingernails. The world needs a God who isn't ashamed to walk the roads we walk, who isn't afraid to be with us. We need a God who embraces our humanity, and not only our humanity but a God who embraces us in the midst of each of our weak and frightened humanities. When we cry out in the dry night of our shattered existences, we need a God who listens. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2019 DEC 23
Comments
God With Us (Isaiah 7:10-16)

It Depends on What Kind of World You're Looking For (Matthew 11:2-15)

Jesus announces a different way of thinking about what's inevitable in the world, and about what's necessary to change it, to heal it. God is busy creating a new world, one that isn't characterized by its ability to mete out redemptive violence, but by its ability to usher in a new way of living together where everyone has what they need, and all are welcome—a world where the rich and the powerful no longer call the shots, leaving the vulnerable to scratch out a living, always on the verge of isolation and death. Because here's the thing, redemptive violence doesn't bring true peace—it merely offers up the flag of a temporary cease-fire, planted on a mountain of corpses. True peace, the shalom of the Bible, requires healing and restoration, not war and destruction. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2019 DEC 16
Comments
It Depends on What Kind of World You're Looking For (Matthew 11:2-15)

Being All Judgy (Matthew 3:1-12)

But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, judgment and repentance aren't merely calls to sinners to feel bad about their sins. They are the way systems of oppression and domination are named, as well as the direction we must turn to walk away from those systems and toward a new way of living together as God's children. John the Baptist calls out some religious folks who were confident that their celestial grades came not from their practice of the faith, but from their reputations as religious smarty-pants. The Pharisees and the Sadducees came to check out what John was doing, and he told them that they shouldn't count on their sanctified bloodlines to cause God to look the other way. Believing the right things isn't a shield against judgment. Subscribe to us on iTunes! Sermon text: web | doc

-1 s2019 DEC 9
Comments
Being All Judgy (Matthew 3:1-12)

Nicole Hardin Preaches at DBCC

-1 s2019 DEC 3
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Nicole Hardin Preaches at DBCC
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