Shalom: Reclaiming Hope In A Shattered World

Generative Reciprocity

February 14, 2021 • Dave Romoser

Pastor Dave closes the series reminding us how God has wired all creation for flourishing and what humankind's role is in bringing about

Wage Peace - Pt 2

February 7, 2021 • Dave Romoser

A few years ago, a study was done having to do with how those outside the faith saw those who professed to be followers of Jesus. In a ranking of the top 7 ways the group perceived the church, the #1 category where they said the people of Jesus did not act like Jesus was this: the Church was judgmental. We know what Jesus taught... but do we understand the implications of choosing to ignore it

Wage Peace

January 31, 2021 • Dave Romoser

We are living in days of growing polarization and rising tension. While our world is more connected than at any time in human history, the divide between us, at every level, only deepens. What does shalom look like and how do we pursue it and reclaim hope?

The Life of the Shadow

January 24, 2021 • Dave Romoser

The restoration of all things according to God's intended desire and purpose at creation - what the Hebrew people understood as "shalom" - can only come to pass if the "shadow" understands and chooses to reconcile its relationship with its Source

Return To Love

January 17, 2021 • Dave Romoser

The biblical creation story paints the picture of how the world is designed to work and the role that humankind was always designed to play in its ongoing experience of shalom: universal wholeness and flourishing. But no sooner is the story in full swing, and humankind breaks from the story shattering the relationships fundamental to its flourishing in the process. How does God respond?

The Very Good News

January 10, 2021 • Dave Romoser

The most dramatic difference between the creation story of the Hebrew people and that of all the other creation stories to this day has to do with two very significant and paradigm shifting words... that were very good news for humankind

Longing, Darkness & Sea Monsters

January 3, 2021 • Dave Romoser

The opening narrative of the Scriptures presents a creation story that emerges from an experience of struggle, isolation, oppression and fear following the exile of Israel to Babylon for 70 years. In a powerful contrast, it refutes and reverses the claims of the creation narratives of the day and offers the reminder of the hope of a goodness not seen but deeply longed for then and now