Love (July 8, 2018)

Love /July 8, 2018

Peter Fitch comes to the pinnacle of his spiritual formation talks regarding 2 Peter, chapter 1. This time he studies agape, the great word for love. He revisits the end of John’s gospel to make some new points about the conversation where Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him. Then he looks at other aspects of love from many sources.

Teena Brown led the music part of our service today and she finished with a song by Michael Gungor (lyrics). It touched people deeply so we’ve included it, and the things people said about it, at the start of this recording. Then Peter gives his talk.

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Freedom from Hurry (July 1, 2018)

Freedom from Hurry /July 1, 2018

Walter Thiessen reflects on the idea of guarding against hurry and efficiency after that theme emerged at the Society of Vineyard Scholars event he attended in Kentucky the previous week.

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Brotherly Kindness (June 24, 2018)

Brotherly Kindness /June 24, 2018

Peter Fitch hits the second last word in the spiritual formation list in 2 Peter 1. Studying this term led him to talk about the famous interaction between Jesus and Peter at the end of John’s Gospel. It also led to a discussion of the founding of Philadelphia by William Penn in the 17th century and the founding of Pennfield, New Brunswick, in the 18th century. For a period of time this was the most just community in North America because the founding members absolutely refused to allow slavery in any form. Peter ties in Jackie Robinson in a personal story that led him to teach about inclusion in churches for people of different sexualities. Then he adds insight from the Talmud and from Kahlil Gibran.

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