Amanda continues our Game of Thrones series as she dives into the first king of Israel, Saul, and his tumultuous relationship with David, the future king of Israel. She considers questions about leadership and relationships
Amanda kicks off a new series called Game of Thrones: Journeying through the stories of King David. In this opening week of a 5 week series focused on leadership, she looks at the story of Samuel and Israel's demand for a king, despite God wanting something better for them than a king.
*note: This sermon was re-recorded after the service due to technical issues with the original recording.
Amanda wraps up our Hardly Christian series by considering the question: "What does life 'on the outside' look like exactly?" But then she wonders if that question is even the right question to ask at all...
Our Associate Pastor, Adam King, continues with week three of our Hardly Christian series as he looks at the social phenomenon called 'ghosting'. What happens when we are abandoned (or are tempted to abandon others) due to changing identities and beliefs? What are the consequences and what are ways to deal with it when it happens?
Amanda continues our series by considering what happens when the charges of "Hardly ______" aren't coming from others, but from within. What do we do when we realize our beliefs and identities are changing?
*note- due to technical difficulties, this sermon was re-recorded without a live studio audience. :-D
Amanda kicks off a new series that looks at the intersection of faith, identity, shame, and change. Week 1 considers the challenge of responding to charges by others against our core identities. What happens when we are labeled Hardly ___________ (fill in the blank). How should we respond?
*Note- due to technical issues, we do not have the original recording of this sermon at RISE. This recording was done at Bridgewater College at their Wednesday evening worship service.
Adam shares a message about spiritual gifts, what they are, and who has them.
Sermon from June 11, 2017
The Holy Spirit has an odd way of getting things done. Amanda asks "why is that?"
Sermon from June 4, 2017
Brittany shares a message of holy resistance against white supremacy and nationalism in this sermon from May 21, 2017
Amanda's sermon from May 14th, 2017
Listen as Nathan Scarborough, our College InReach Team Leader, brings a beautiful message of the vital importance of doubt as he reflects on Thomas' encounter with the risen Jesus. Check out the link below for the video that Nathan uses (you can hear the audio in the sermon)
Amanda celebrates Easter with stories of finding the will to fight after it seems all hope is lost.
Amanda wraps up our Lenten sermon series with a quick recap of the series, and then asking the question "what if salvation isn't what we expect... and what if we're wrong?" The video attached was shown between the end of Amanda's talk and her closing prayer, so if you'd like to to recreate that, pause the audio when she begins her prayer and watch the video attached, then finish the audio.
Amanda continues our sermon series on sin, salvation, and other big scary topics by asking the question "What if salvation isn't just about the afterlife, but about this life?"
We've heard a lot of you say that you would love follow up reading for the Saved? series. So here's a beginning list. We will add books to it as we think of others. If you have questions about these or other books, email Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Original Blessing by Danielle Shroyer
- The Last Word and the Word After That by Brian McLaren
- A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
- How Jesus Saves the World from Us by Morgan Guyton
- Surprised by Hope. by N.T. Wright
- Gods Dream by Desmond Tutu (children's book that is wonderful for all ages)
- Salvation Means Creation Healed by Howard Snyder
- Love Wins by Rob Bell
- Insurrection by Peter Rollins
March 26th, 2017
Amanda continues our Lenten series "Saved?" by challenging the temptation to jump over Jesus' life to his death when talking about salvation. What if Jesus' way of life, what he taught and how he lived, is a vital part of what salvation means?
March 19, 2017
Our Associate Minister, Adam continues the Saved? Sermon series with reflections on the crucifixion of Jesus and offers ways to wrestle with and understand the concept of Atonement. We're trying out a video podcast of the sermon so that you can view the slideshow that is used on Sunday mornings. Let us know if you like it and we can continue to offer it!
The opening video for our sermon on 'sin' during the Lenten sermon series: Saved?