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Matt’s Blog: Graduation Day

I distinctly remember the day I graduated from seminary. In fact, I have found myself thinking about that day quite often recently. I remember the excitement of pursuing my calling of pastoral ministry with the tools and training that I received from my professors. I also remember the many, many questions that filled my mind...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Saturday, October 29

John 10:34-42 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Friday, October 28

John 10:22-33 22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Thursday, October 27

John 10:11-21 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Wednesday, October 26

John 10:1-10 1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Tuesday, October 25

John 9:35-41 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Monday, October 24

John 9:13-34 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now...

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Matt’s Blog: Unfamiliar Spaces

A 2014 Pew Research study found that most Americans, whether conservative or liberal, actively prefer to live in communities that reflect their own cultural identities and ethnic makeup. While surprising to some, the data only confirmed what has historically been true, not only in the United States but around the world: we stay close with...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Saturday, October 22

John 9:1-12 1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as...

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Starting Somewhere

As a part of our Kingdom Color series, we’ve asked members of our community to share how they experience the intersection of race and faith.  I’ve always had a difficult relationship with church. I never felt like I belonged growing up in a Korean church in LA. I was never “Korean” enough to fully be embraced...

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