The Rev. Greg Jones reflects on different ways that Jesus' death has been understood as saving, as a death 'for us'. He explores Jewish, Roman, and Modern ways of talking about our atonement with God through Jesus.
Even after we face up to our sin and hurtful behavior, change is elusive. Fervent and well-meaning resolutions to be better rarely produce lasting change and often backfire, causing despair and deeper backsliding. Real repentance occurs in the context of a love that is unconditional, that does not demand that we change in order to go on loving us.
This is deeply paradoxical and unnerving, but it’s only in the context of unconditional love that real change, real personal development, can occur. And it’s this kind of love that Jesus extends to us.
Jeff Hensley leads a Sunday Forum at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, exploring the nature of envy, how it corrodes the soul, and how grounding ourselves in God's goodness and love allows us to overcome it. The talk ends with practical suggestions for overcoming Envy.
Where it all begins: Exploring relationship, spirituality and marriage. Author, Sex Therapist, and Couples Counselor Laurie Watson will lead a conversation with The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth. They explore how our patterns of emotional attachment, formed early in childhood, shape and often limit our capacity for relational and sexual intimacy. Laurie also reflects on how we can grow into more secure attachment to our partners and find more fulfilling ways of being in our closest relationships.
Jeff Hensley explores the history of the idea of sin, and the relevance of many of the Church's ways of talking about sin to understanding our lives today. Week One in our Lent Program, Talk about Sin! St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC. March 10, 2019.
The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth explores anger as a physiological phenomenon with profound spiritual, relational, and societal effects. This is part two in the St. Michael's Church Lent Series, Talk about Sin.
Why are we here? Why does God let history run on and on? What is the God-given purpose of all this time, and our purpose in the time we have left to live? The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth looks at St. Paul’s understanding of the purpose of the present time. Namely, this God’s call to us to grow into the likeness of Jesus so that we can share in his Kingdom, growing a community that reflects God’s Kingdom now, and growing in our witness to God in the world.
The Rev. Samuel Gregory Jones explores the essential Christian worldview. We live in an in-between time, a time between the Resurrection of Jesus and the Second Coming, when Jesus will be, as Paul says, all in all. We live, that is, between the inauguration of God’s Kingdom in Jesus and Spirit and its final realization. In this in-between time, the Christian community is an embassy of God’s Kingdom in the world, and Christians are ambassadors of Christ. As a famous theologian once said, the Church is a tree with its roots in the future and its leaves and fruits in the present.
The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth explores the spirituality of Epiphany. We learn to see our lives as having provided the context for God's loving action. We learn to retell the story of our lives from God's point of view, with God as the main actor.