Being a peacemaker

Dear Friends, These are momentous, stressful times we live in. It may seem that around every corner there’s something to be fearful, angry, or distraught over. Our minds may habitually return to the last article we read, or video we watched, or podcast we listened to. We may feel compelled to stay up-to-date on the…

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God’s Promise of Universal Peace – Br. David Vryhof

“We do not yet see the peace of God reigning among the nations of the world. We do not see that peace with justice that God has promised taking root in our own country, in our communities, or even in our churches. We may be tempted to complain and despair. But God calls us to live by God’s light, and not to dwell in the present darkness. God calls us to faith in this soaring promise of peace, and asks us to become peacemakers, wherever and however we can.”

Br. David Vryhof reckons with Isaiah’s vision of universal peace, which still beckons to us in our strife-torn world.

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The Risk of Vulnerability – Br. David Vryhof

“Jesus sends his followers into the world, asking them to be channels of God’s love and carriers of God’s peace. He risks being vulnerable, and invites them to do the same. The evangelism he teaches and demonstrates is an evangelism from below, not from above. ”

Br. David Vryhof studies Jesus’ disciples – as far off as those in the Scriptures, as near as those from SSJE’s own history – for lessons in how Jesus’ power is most evident in our weakness.

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Shine Your Light – Guest Preacher Elizabeth Phyu

“Although we cannot be young forever, we can have inner youthfulness. Being youthful means our hearts are full of passion, love, kindness and sincerity. If we only want to look younger but not to have a child-like heart, we are doing it in a wrong way.”

Summer Seminarian Elizabeth Phyu urges us to claim our inner youthfulness by allowing our light to shine.

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Saying it’s so; Making it so – Br. James Koester

http://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2015/090115_jk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS 1 Thessalonians: 5: 1-11 Psalm 27: 1-6, 17-18 Luke 4: 31-37 Two stories. Two very different places. Two very different outcomes. But both connected with the thread of tonight’s gospel reading. The first took place here in this chapel one Tuesday night a number of years ago.…

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Dying to Live – Br. Robert L’Esperance

We are shielded in our culture from the harsh possibility of actually dying for Christ’s sake. Br. Robert L’Esperance encourages us to accept Jesus’ challenge to follow him, to let the seed of our false self fall into the earth and die, regardless of the cost, so that much fruit can be born for our own redemption and the redemption of those around us.

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WWCD? (What Would Constantine Do?) – Br. Mark Brown

Mark 9:30-37 According to history the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity sometime in the early 4th century.  But some people say Constantine did not convert to Christianity: the church converted to Constantine.  That is, the church took on the trappings of power and empire and even the power of coercion.  And things have been…

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