Seen, Known, Loved

July 13, 2017 @ 03:11 pm by Christina Fleming

In this week's That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on why Psalm 139 is one of her favorite passages in the bible. 

"God sees you, knows you and still loves you. That's amazing love. I can't even say that out loud without tearing up."


Discipline

June 7, 2017 @ 11:38 pm by Daniel Kessel

The people of God this is Jacqui, with a thought for you as you are thinking of Pentecost and the  sermon this Sunday. Or if you are thinking about a way to devote yourself in this beautiful season of spirit. 


It is so interesting that on June 12, there are many converging historical dates. It is the 50th anniversary of the decision by the Supreme Court, to make interracial marriage legal, all the way around the country. In a case called Loving vs. Virginia. 


It's also the anniversary of the death of Medgar Evers. 


It is quite sadly, also the anniversary of the Pulse shooting. Where all of those young people, dancing in a place that felt for them to be a sanctuary, were murdered.  Just for being who they are.  


So I am holding all of that. 


And also thinking about London and Manchester, and the bombings in the Middle East, as I write my sermon. 


What are you thinking about? 


So the text today draws us into this place were Jesus has died, has promised the disciples he is not finished living, if you will. Has asked them to go ahead to Jerusalem and he'd meet them there. And he does. 


His love, his passion, and his fierce commitment to God defies death. And he meets them and he gives them instructions. He tells them to go and make disciples of all the nations.  Baptizing them in the name of God, whom Jesus knows as Father and in the name of the Son and the Holy Spirit. 


Now, if you do the exegesis on that you know that Jesus didn't have a baptism formula already, right?

Because he was fresh from the resurrection.  


But the church has been really inspired by this text to think about our commission.  Our great commission. To go and teach other people to know what we know, about God's love. 


So I'm calling my sermon "Discipline".


What does it mean for us to have learning, lessons, teachings  from this Holy one whom some of us think of as Christ and Messiah and some of us think of as Rabbi. Some of us just think of as the most enlightened Buddhist that we know. 


What are the lessons to be learned?


And in the particular time as this, when the world is on fire with anger… What  does it mean for us to have discipline, to have teachings (because that's what the word discipline means…teachings), inspired by the rabbi Jesus, in times like these. 


I'm going to be looking at his life, on Sunday. 

What does Jesus do any encounters a stranger? Well, he speaks to them and makes the stranger the star of his story of what it means to love. 
What does he do when people are sick? He heals them. 
What does he do when people are hungry? He feeds them. 
What does he do when he is encountering women who are on the margins? He puts them in the center. 
Children? He puts them in the center. 


In my discipline right now, I'm trying to learn to be more like my Rabbi.


And I'm hoping you'll tuning on Sunday at 11:15 at the church. come in person or come online. 


As you reflect on this. Read the text, but then go back to the Gospel of 

Matthew and look at Jesus' life. 


What are the lessons for you and me from the way he lived. 


Let's think about it.


To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM. 

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Pentecost

June 2, 2017 @ 03:52 pm by Daniel Kessel


It’s Pentecost this Sunday, June 4.

 

The disciples have a sense that God is present everywhere. They preach and those gathered hear the good news of God's love and power in their own language. In their own language.


What if the church today felt it was her job to preach the good news of God’s love in the language that people need in order to hear it and receive it?  

 

If we were speaking in the language that people need to know it, we’d be speaking so that Muslims are having conversations with Christians, and Christians are having conversations with Jews, and Jews are having conversations with Buddhist. And none of us would act like we have God in our own pocket and that we know all about what God desires. I am talking about a translation miracle.  

 

In these hot mess times, we need to do Gospel. We need to do good news, by any means necessary. Good news in it for the poor, for the marginalized, for gay, trans, and lesbian people, good news for people who have been hurt, wounded, disrespected, and dispossessed by the church.  And if it's not good news for them, then it is not gospel.  

 

This Pentecost, think about the people on the margins who need to hear God's love, in a way they can take it in. 



 

Looking Back

May 25, 2017 @ 09:35 am by Daniel Kessel


“My mom has been struggling with lung cancer for the last seven years and she passed away on April, 25.  On the way to Palm Sunday and Easter, on the way to our Revolutionary Love Conference, not only was I feeling a kind of a nondescript, diffuse grief about what is happening in the world but I was grieving the certainly, imminent death of my Mom. 
 
And I think it got me in touch with a real vulnerable place in myself. I felt like there was a power pouring into my heart. From what direction, I don’t know. Up? In? Out? But almost a palpable, direct power source that was giving me the space to grieve, permission to be unsure, and at the same time, certainty that God is God. 
 
And so I felt like in a way, Middle was overhearing a conversation I was having with God. And the conversations were as much for me as for anybody else.” 
 
To hear our morning celebrations, join us Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org at 11:15 AM.



Signs

May 11, 2017 @ 02:01 pm by Daniel Kessel

"I can feel mommy-ness in me, perhaps stronger than I ever have in my life. And this psalm makes me think of God-ness—there are signs of God everywhere."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Psalm 31.1–5, 15–16. As we prepare for Mother's Day, Jacqui talks about seeing signs from her mother, just as she encourages us all to notice the signs from God around us.

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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The Shepherd and the Gate

May 4, 2017 @ 03:18 pm by Daniel Kessel

"The image of the gate is symbolic for many immigrants that have to come the United States. Our journeys include not only migrating from country to country, but from spiritual world to spiritual world."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Chad Tanaka Pack reflects on John 10.1–10. As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, how can we rethink the idea of Jesus as a "gate" through which our journeys are all connected?

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Two-Step with God

April 27, 2017 @ 04:31 pm by Daniel Kessel

Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God.

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Micah 6.1–8. As we gear up for Revolutionary Love Conference Sunday at Middle Church, how can we more boldly embody the principles of justice, mercy, and humility?

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Be in the Light

April 18, 2017 @ 05:05 pm by Daniel Kessel

"Life keeps happening, even after death."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on the light and dark imagery in Ephesians 5.8–17. What does it mean to "be in the light"? What is it like, in Eastertide, to risk being ourselves?

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Mary Don't You Weep

April 11, 2017 @ 10:44 am by Daniel Kessel

"We are in the middle of Holy Week," Jacqui Lewis writes. "Easter is on Sunday. And in the Easter story, I see hope."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on John 20.1–18. She tells how even in the midst of deadness, of darkness, God can enliven things with new spirit. She reflects on her mom, and tells how even in the face of illness, her mother has located new hope and resilience. This is not an episode to be missed!

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Palms & Passion

April 4, 2017 @ 04:53 pm by Daniel Kessel


"Palm Sunday is a story about conflict, a conflict between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Rome; a conflict between peace and love and justice, and sword and violence and might."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Matthew 21:1-11; 26:15-27; 66. As we think about this text in which love is in conflict, let's consider: Where are you finding the courage to resist? Where are you seeing signs in the universe of the resilience of the human spirit? And where do you see evidence that we can rise, as a people, as a culture, as Living Souls?

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Reconceived

March 20, 2017 @ 04:51 pm by Daniel Kessel

"We all belong to God just because God is love. Just because God is love."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on a text you probably know well: John 3:1–17. What does it mean to be “born again,” and how does this text invite us to reconceive old notions?

To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Jesus Feminist

March 16, 2017 @ 11:32 am by Daniel Kessel


"Before we get to make the same amount of money as men, our God sees us as equal. I think that makes Jesus a bit of a feminist."

In this episode of That'll Preach, Jacqui Lewis reflects on Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4.5–42). How can we read Jesus’s interactions with women as evidence that God sees us all as equal?

To hear more from this text, join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

March 8, 2017 @ 09:27 am by Daniel Kessel

"A shepherd pays such attention to its sheep, and we serve a God who pays that kind of attention to us."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis reflects on Psalm 23. What does the metaphor of God as a shepherd really mean? To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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It's Not Her Fault!

February 28, 2017 @ 03:08 pm by Daniel Kessel

Why do some people believe that the creation myth suggests that women are inferior to men? In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis reflects on Genesis 2.15-17 and Genesis 3.1-7, asking us to rethink any place where a piece of scripture is associated with inequality, sexism, or racism. To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Spirit Move

February 23, 2017 @ 04:14 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“Do you ever wonder where God is? Do you find God elusive, mysterious, or hard to pin down?"

In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis shares a reflection on Exodus 24:12-18, inviting us all to take a deep breath as we inhale the Spirit of God. To hear more from this text join us this Sunday in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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A Theology of Resistance

February 14, 2017 @ 10:11 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

"Jesus is raising the bar on what it means to be spiritual and lowering the bar on what it means to be a child of God."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis and Rob Stephens about the sermon they are co-preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, February 19, the third Sunday of Black History Month. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Spirituality In Hot Mess Times

February 8, 2017 @ 04:53 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“How are we going to sustain a movement for love and justice in hot mess times?"

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, February 12, the second Sunday of Black History Month. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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Shout Out Loud

January 31, 2017 @ 03:21 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

"Stories invite us to a different kind of empathy."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jacqui Lewis talks with Jim Kast-Keat about the sermon he’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, February 5, the first Sunday of Black History Month. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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The Answer That Changes the Question

January 26, 2017 @ 11:50 am by Jim Kast-Keat

“This is the answer that forces you to rethink one question and lean into a different kind of question."

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Kast-Keat talks with Lynn Min about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, January 29 for our annual Lunar New Year worship celebration. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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The Long Road to Freedom

January 17, 2017 @ 05:01 pm by Jim Kast-Keat

“What one thing you want to see in this long march to justice?”

In this episode of That'll Preach Jim Kast-Keat talks with Jacqui Lewis about the sermon she’s preaching at Middle Church on Sunday, January 22, the first Sunday after the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington. Join us in the East Village or online at www.MiddleChurch.org every Sunday at 11:15 AM.

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To find out about a march near you visit www.womensmarch.com/sisters.
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