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Commentary

Jun 04, 2020

Dear Abundant Life Family, The past few weeks have been an incredibly challenging time for so many of us. While already adjusting to life during a global pandemic, we have been vividly reminded of the much deeper and longer lasting realities of individual and systemic racism, the pervasiveness of white supremacy, and the ongoing need […]

Mar 19, 2020

Dear Abundant Life Friends, The story of Jesus calming a storm (Matt. 8:23-27) has always fascinated me. The disciples find themselves out at sea with Jesus onboard, but Jesus is asleep as a storm emerges. As they hear the sounds of whirling winds and rampant rain, and waves begin to make their way into the […]

Dec 20, 2019

I have always been amazed by Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding (John 2). At first glance, Jesus decides to use his miraculous power for something that seems mundane. He doesn’t heal a blind person; he doesn’t repair a broken limb; he doesn’t calm a storm. Instead he enables others […]

Dec 17, 2018

In the midst of this Advent season, I am reminded of the words of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Advent sermon 90 years ago: “One day, at the last judgment, he will separate the sheep and the goats and will say to those on his right: “Come, you blessed,…I was hungry and you fed me… (Matt. […]

Oct 30, 2018

At Abundant Life we are committed to neighborhood-based ministry that reflects Jesus’ own incarnational life. For us, this has involved living among, learning from, and investing in the lives of those in closest proximity to us. Yet these relationships with individuals and families in the Prospect Neighborhood inevitably connect us with larger issues in our […]

Sep 02, 2018

At Abundant Life this summer has been a season of both excitement and expectancy. On the one hand, we have been excited about how God’s grace has allowed us to take major steps as a ministry, including a successful “Art of Building Community” benefit dinner and the purchase of additional property in our neighborhood. Yet […]

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