Sermons by “Bonnie St. Jean”

Zachariah and Elizabeth

This week we started a new series for Advent, going through Epiphany Sunday, titled “Recounting the Cost”. Its about using the story of Christmas to think through how God invites all of us to participate in his Kingdom, but also to remember it is often a costly invitation to obedience. Bonnie began the series with a look at Zechariah and Elizabeth’s call to obedience in the midst of doubt and frustration with God. 

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Peace – Bonnie St. Jean

Bonnie discusses the concept of Christian non-violence including its history in the church, its centrality in Anabaptist tradition as well as the specific ways in which Third Way strives to embrace peace and non-violence and what this means for us.

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Job – Bonnie St. Jean

The story of Job is one of the most misunderstood sections of the Bible and often over simplified and misconstrued to make God into a moral monster. Bonnie St. Jean addresses the conundrum posed in Job’s story and uncovers its central proposition. It was not written to prove that everything happens for a reason, or that adversities are created to form our character, but rather, our experience of evil comes from a complex web of choices brought on by numerous free wills.

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Why Have You Forsaken Me – Bonnie St. Jean

Bonnie looks into Jesus’ experience of abandonment on the cross to explore a more adequate atonement theory and a clearer picture of God the Father in relationship to the Son of God.

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Judging – Bonnie St. Jean

Bonnie digs into the nuanced meaning of Jesus’ teaching on judging others. She makes the point that it’s not that we are never supposed to make assessments, but rather, we are to know when and how these assessments can be made appropriately.

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Civil Religion in America – Bonnie St. Jean

Bonnie St. Jean shares why every election season feels increasingly cutthroat, why people freak out when they meet their favorite politicians, and what Philippians says about opting out of the whole mess.

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Prayer and Lament Service

In the wake of violence and outrage taking place in our neighborhood and nation, Third Way held a prayer and lament service with a few special guests, including T.C. Ranzy, pastor of Words of Eternal Life Ministries.

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The Atonement – Bonnie St. Jean

Bonnie St. Jean shares a few of the more popular Atonement theories, and tells why she favors the Christus Victor model over the rest.

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