The Tombs of Easter Preparation

By Cara Garrity, Development Coordinator Easter preparation is the 40-day (plus Sundays) season preceding Easter in the GCI worship calendar when we corporately acknowledge that Jesus is saving. During this season we seek to open ourselves to more fully appreciate our deep need for Jesus as we nurture a posture to receive the overflowing graces of Good Friday and Easter. For some, this season may bring to mind somber traditions of fasting and sacrifice, shame and scorn, striving and suffering, or worst of all, no coffee! For this reason, many of us may be particularly hesitant about this liturgical season. But what if this season is about more than sentiments of suffering, feelings of unworthiness, or acts of arbitrary... Read the article

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An Easter Preparation Challenge

In a world full of social and political division, we are not called to take sides and thus be part of the division. Easter Preparation season reminds us we are called to be centered in Jesus and to point others to him. The Easter Preparation message is simple—Jesus saves. Social justice doesn’t save, political affiliation doesn’t save, leaders don’t save, pastors don’t save—only Jesus saves. It isn’t that we should not pay attention to these other things, and we are not saying these other things are not important, but the noise and polarization should not cloud out Jesus and become our new center of focus. Easter Preparation is a time for recentering on Jesus—who he is, what he did, what he is doing, and what he is going to... Read the article

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Faith Forward w/ Greg Williams

In this episode, host Anthony Mullins interviews Dr. Greg Williams. Greg is the President of Grace Communion International. Together they discuss our denominational theme for 2021, Faith Forward. “I like the fresh expression of using the term connect group. Because it makes you think, ‘How is this going to be different than what we’ve done in the past?’. Because in the past...a lot of times when we would think about a small group, we would think the pastor is coming to give Bible Study with a group of 8 or 10 people. A connect group is not really about the pastor giving another Bible Study to a small group of people. In fact, I hope for a lot of our pastors they don’t really have to facilitate connect groups. I hope they can... Read the article

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Gospel Reverb – Listen to Him w/ Charles Fleming

Listen to Him with Charles Fleming Listen in as host, Anthony Mullins and guest, Charles Fleming, unpack these lectionary passages: February 7    1 Co. 9:16-23 (NRSV)     “Proclaim the Gospel!” (12:55) February 14     Mark 9:2-9 (NRSV)     “Listen to Him!” (27:25) February 21     Mark 1:9-15 (NRSV)     “That Was Fast” (38:11) February 28     Mark 8:31-38 (NRSV)     “Follow Me” (52:40) If you get a chance to rate and review the show, that helps a lot. And invite your fellow preachers and Bible lovers to join us! Read the article

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