Author: Donald Nwankwo

A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 6)

Daring to Inhabit. Walking through Ephesians has felt, for me, like riding into scenic lands. A territory rich with beauty and thick with life. As we cross over from chapter 3 to 4, it is going to feel more like stepping off the train and touching foot on the soil, breathing the air and reaching

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A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 5)

Pastoral Reflections By Grace. Twice in last Sunday’s passage (Eph. 1:1-10), Paul used the phrase, “By grace.” The word, grace, appears 3 times within this short passage alone. Grace is a familiar word in the English language, and common in Christian circles. In everyday life though, I wonder if we have become calloused to its

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A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 4)

Pastoral Reflections Saints. We just came to the end of Ephesians 1 in the sermon series. By the time we got there, Paul had already used the word, saints, three times. In 1:1 he began, “Paul… to the saints in Ephesus.” In 1:15, he continues, “[H]aving heard of… your love for all the saints…” And,

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A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 3)

Pastoral Reflections God’s Actions (part II) Last week, we began a review of seven action words from Paul’s thanksgiving (Eph. 1:1-10). We looked at four of them: The God who blessed, chose, (pre)destined and bestowed. To catch up on those, please click on Part I. The remaining three continue on the same trajectory – verbs

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A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 2)

Pastoral Reflections God’s Actions (I) This past Sunday we began our series on the Book of Ephesians. Paul’s prayer of thanksgiving (1:3-14) sets the stage for what he will seek to guide us into understanding through this letter. It is a prayer of thanksgiving, literally. One in which Paul recounts God’s story; His actions from

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A People Called: The Story of Church from Ephesians (week 1)

Pastoral Reflections Each New Testament letter that was addressed to a church is unique. So much of that uniqueness is shaped by the specific contexts of that church. First and Second Corinthians were written to address specific situations within the Corinthian church of the time. So was Philippians. But, it is this very point that

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The Ascension

Pastoral Reflections Today, in liturgy, is Ascension Day. For forty days we have walked with the risen Savior. The ascension of Christ is an event that can sometimes go unnoticed. I suspect that this is partly because it occurs of a Thursday – the fortieth day from Resurrection Sunday. However, it is a pivotal event

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Holocaust Remembrance

Pastoral Reflections This month, May, is Holocaust Remembrance Month. May 2 was specifically set aside as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the United States. It is a time when we remember one of the most frightening horrors of human history. The Jewish race faced the threat of eradication. As a nation, Israel remembers this day each

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Not Without Hope

Pastoral Reflections The shooting at a Highlands Ranch school brought pain to our hearts this week. It was a reminder that evil and pain are real. For some of us, it was another layer on past school shootings from which many were still healing. The evil displayed is on two levels. First, it brought harm,

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Peace, Not Truce

Pastoral Reflections Making truce is a familiar concept. Truce is like a cease-fire – an agreement between two parties in conflict to stop fighting each other. Its interest is in the fighting, not necessarily the wellbeing of the overall relationship. One of the gifts of the resurrected Christ to His disciples was peace. Shalom in

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