On the Table– February 13 through 19

Now more than ever, we’re aware of how important it is to treat people– all people– with dignity and respect. And now more than ever, we’re aware of just how easy it is to indulge in dehumanizing and disrespectful treatment of our fellow human beings! This week we’ll be celebrating our affirmation and acceptance by God, and pushing ourselves to extend the same to people who scare us, disrespect us, and who seem intent on dehumanizing the vulnerable among us. It’s a collaborative service between Craig, Mike, and Mike, and we’re excited to welcome all of y’all into the collaboration.

We hope to see you this Sunday at 10:15am at Jammin’ Java!

–Mike Stavlund

PS. Looking ahead to Lent, we’ll be following a new collection of the writings of Walter Brueggemann. If you’ve read even a little bit of his work, you know that he is not trying to pit ‘liberals’ against ‘conservatives’. No, indeed. Instead, “Walt” (as his students affectionately call him) pulls back the lens to reveal the wider landscape, and the wider truth: that both liberals and conservatives have traded the Way of the Church for the way of “U.S. Identity”.

As the book’s compiler puts it, “We are invited to walk a Lenten path that may be barely recognizable to our self-indulgent and violent world– a path marked by grace, compassion, and abundance.” Indeed, Brueggemann means to lead us not to an insular personal piety, but to a robust collective engagement with the world as we wield the tools of grace, kindness, and love.

If you’d like to follow along daily, you are welcome to buy the book and do so (please contact me if you’re interested in connecting with other readers). Or, feel free to just show up on Sundays to experience the highlights. And– as always– we welcome collaborators and co-conspirators (up front folks or behind-the-scenes) for the Sunday series.


Mike is a solid, stand-up guy that enjoys writing poetry and prose, hanging out with family and friends, and long walks around a Weber kettle grill.

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