Weekly Compendium

Here’s what I posted earlier in the week, in case ya missed anything.

Jonas Ellison
Preaching to myself
In my tradition, the preacher does not stand outside the community of hearers but rather in the middle of it. Yes, pastors are elected to study the scriptures, administer the sacraments, care for the souls of the community, baptize, provide sacred space, offer confession and absolution, share the preached word, etc. It’s a j-o-b, for sure, and a full-ti…
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More than a thumbs-up
I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I’m considering unfollowing my close personal friends and family on social media. Not because I don’t like them. Quite the opposite, in fact. I like them so much that I want to give them more than an occasional digital thumbs-up (or various digital emoji thingy) to signify my love and friendship. When someone ann…
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Jonas Ellison
Sermon: What if they were watching?
I had the opportunity to preach this last weekend and wanted to share it with you. The passages that I preached on were: Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 When you click the video below, it should jump straight to it, but if not, my sermon starts at the 14:17 mark…
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Jonas Ellison
The essayed life
Life is heavy and we all need to process things. Some people process things internally by thinking and reflecting on them. More extroverted processors (myself included) process things by either talking about them (my wife is this way) or writing about them. I fall into this latter camp…
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The agape God
“Jesus is Lord” is a strange thing to say in our modern post-rational world. It’s like saying, “I believe in the Easter Bunny.” Which is fine for a kid. But for a grown adult? Yet it’s been plastered on endless bumpers, t-shirts, and greeting cards. The phrase has become so tired that it’s lost its meaning…
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What if God is fond of you?
What if you knew and trusted that God your very ground of being is fond of you? How are you around people who you know are fond of you vs. people who you think are critical of you? Maybe you’re more relaxed or funnier In short, you’re more… you. With them, you’re… free…
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