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De-mystifying liturgy

by Sam Yong

9/16/2020

For some, attending church on Sundays is something they’ve done their entire lives, while for others, it is a new rhythm that they are still adjusting to. Whichever camp you may fall into, you may, at some point, have asked the question, Why do we do things this way?

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Dream big: Sojourn's 20th Anniversary

by Scott Slucher

9/9/2020

I remember hearing about Sojourn’s first services, which took place 20 years ago this month. I was attending a small house church with my wife and three other couples, and the stories told to us by our pastor (a young, suburban preacher who is still one of my best friends) made it sound like a Christian version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show—lights turned off, countless candles, weird music, people dressed mostly in black, tattoos, piercings and Bible readings, oh my! If you’d have asked me of my impression of Sojourn in those days, before I’d attended a service, I’d have given a one-word appraisal: flaky.

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If not you, then who?

Maggie Tait

9/2/2020

Some of my very first memories of church are sitting in Ms. Margie’s Sunday school class in a little, wooden chair, eating butter cookies and listening to a Bible story. I can still remember the Noah’s Ark nursery decor and what the hallway looked like when I walked down it to get a drink of water. I grew up in your typical Southern Baptist Church in Alabama. My mom was the VBS director and taught classes in the youth group. I can look back now and treasure my time spent in the church. It didn’t come without its fair share of hard. Things that I am now having to undo or unlearn in my own mind. But I can say it did teach me many positive and fruitful treasures to keep in my pocket. One of those being that investing in your church's children’s ministry is some of the most important work you will ever do, and it is never a waste of time. I know it isn’t flashy, it isn’t always seen, it requires sacrifice...but it is important.

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Showing off God through male and female friendship

by Gregg and Nora Allison

8/26/2020

God created the human race to bear his image—with bodies. Embodiment—being in or having a body—is an essential aspect of being human. And these bodies of ours come in 2 basic designs: Female ones and male ones. So genderedness—being a man or a woman—is foundational to who we are as people and how we relate to each other in the world. We weren’t created human and then gendered; God wants us in gendered bodies with gendered perspectives to best reflect his ungendered self. He then tasked us with two responsibilities (Gen. 1:26-28): multiply more image bearers (“be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”) and work to build human society (“subdue the earth and exercise dominion”). By divine design, we are Martian men and Venetian women working side-by-side, showing off what God is like together.

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You deserve to be who God says you are

by Amy Simpson

8/19/2020

I am almost 20 years removed from the last time I set foot inside of my high school. My memories of that time in life are fading, being eclipsed by the fog of sleepless nights that accompany raising little people. But one thing that will forever be ingrained in my mind, perhaps because it was in the most awful school color combination of kelly green and goldenrod yellow, is the banner that hung in our most populated hallway as we walked from class to class. It read: "Character: who you are when no one is watching." If this is the definition of character, I think the definition of identity is tied closely to it. ..

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