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"The world is a progressively realized community of interpretation." Josiah Royce

This collection of books we hold so dear called the Bible is being read and quoted in a very public sphere. Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted from Romans 13 to support his case, saying, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul..." The question is not whether to interpret the Bible or not but who will do the interpreting. Mr. Sessions has a big job and so do we. We are building a "community of interpretation" and how we read the Bible and the news matters. Texts are interpreted in communities, not by individuals. Stories are interpreted in communities, not by individuals. Individuals are then transformed into communities as they do the work of interpretation and seek to "do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." Has it ever been more important, more worthy of our time, to gather to become a community of interpretation?

Alongside gathering like our Bible study (One Hour, One Scripture) and Dick Ransom's classes (like After the New Testament), our Soap Box Sermons are a meaningful expression of our embracing the notion of becoming a community of interpretation.

Sze-kar Wan will kick us off this Sunday. Sze-kar brings a unique background to our community of interpretation (and his a terrific guy, to boot). In addition to his time on the Soap Box, he will host a "Second Hour" conversation around Romans 13 (read more below).



Daily Readings for Friday, August 3, 2018
Psalm 51:1-12; Joshua 23:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 OR Psalm 78:23-29; Exodus 12:43-13:2; 1 Corinthians 11:27-34

three highlights

Sundae Sunday!

Did you know we have an Instagram account where we post fun photos of our life together (and more)?

Click here to check out photos from our Sundae Sunday.

Aug. Sundays
Soapbox Sermons

This August will be our third year of offering opportunities for anyone to talk about an area of passion, to share a big idea, to tell a story, to reflect on a favorite Scripture passage, and even get on a soapbox about an issue worth considering.

Each Sunday will feature one or more people talking about everything from the #MeToo Movement to the spiritual value of travel to race relations. We have four people lined up on three of our four Sundays (Sze-kar Wan, Eunice Wilson, Joshua Lyons and Dick Ransom) and can add more.

Come share your story. Come tell you truth. 

Who would you love to hear from?  Who would you recommend? We'd love to hear from you!

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This Sunday! Second Hour

This Sunday, August 5, Sze-kar Wan, Professor of Biblical Studies at Southern Methodist University, will explore the historical, political, especially theological factors responsible for Paul's words in Romans 13:1–7. Some recent politicians' misuse and abuse of the passage notwithstanding, what if Paul intended it as a subversive, transgressive statement? Come join us. Help us unlock the liberating message encoded in Paul's words.

Second Hour is a series of discussions led by church members and guests after worship on select Sundays. Stay for a second hour after service and be inspired by delightful people, great themes, and good discussion.
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