Philemon, the shortest book we have in the New Testament, is a straightforward letter inspiring and troubling at the same time. In it, Paul uses all of his considerable powers…

The Table

August 5, 2018
We practice an open table in Ankeny UCC, meaning, all are welcome to take communion. Why do we do that, when Paul seems to argue that we need to have…

Finding Ourselves in Human Form

September 28, 2014
Philippians gives us insight into Paul's beliefs about the nature of Christ for the continuing community of Christ's followers. Jesus found his unique nature in community with other humans. Jesus's…
Bible Text: Acts 17:22-31 | Preacher: Nathan Willard Paul's unknown God reminds us on Memorial Day of the unknown soldiers who died in all wars at all times. How may we build the kingdom of God, so that we can end war forever?

Weaned Children of God

February 16, 2014
Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 | Preacher: Nathan Willard It's easy to get worn down in churches and non-profits by the pain of details, and not be refreshed in the mission of the church. This same thing happened in Corinth. For us, we can connect our lives to the narrative of God's creation. We are not Apollos's. We are not Paul's. We are God's.