Ponderings

are resources prompted by, or discovered in preparation of, sermons presented at MTS. Offered in the spirit of Ephesians 4:12 (“…to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ”). How might these words shape us as we seek to be a Community of Care that Transforms Lives Through Jesus Christ?

"The Great I Am"

May 17, 2020
Here is a video of David Bowden performing his poem, "The Great I Am" which Pastor Josh referred to on Sunday.
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MTS Community Inspiration

Mar 25, 2020
Some inspiration for your week gleaned from members of the MTS community
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A Man of Sorrows

Mar 8, 2020
The sermon of Charles Haddon Spurgeon offered March 1, 1873 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London.
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Who is My Neighbor?

Feb 14, 2020
To these families, their “neighbors” are “those who murdered their loved ones.”
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New Beginnings — New Readings

Jan 19, 2020
Three resources to supplement our new sermon series.
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Thus Far the LORD has Helped Us

Dec 29, 2019 — Steve Robertson
In 1 Samuel 7:12 an Ebenezer, a stone of help, is erected to remind the people that God is one who comes to the aid of his people…
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How I fell in Love with the Season of Advent

Dec 1, 2019 — Rev. Tish Harrison Warren
To practice Advent is to lean into an almost cosmic ache: our deep, wordless desire for things to be made right and the incompleteness…
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So This Day,
All Is Praise & Thanks

Nov 26, 2019 — Warner Pacific University
As we enter into the holiday season, let us look to all things—especially areas of adversity—and practice gratitude. God is in all things.
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Giving Thanks & Health

Nov 19, 2019 — Harvard Health
…one aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually lift the spirits, and it's built right into the holiday — expressing gratitude.
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A Song of Loudest Praise

Nov 16, 2019 — Tabor Wind Ensemble
Boysen grasps the meaning and means of expression of "Every Praise to Our God." This must be the music of Heaven!!
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MTS' Combined Scenario

Oct 15, 2019 — Future Focus Team
The drive up to Mt. Scott Church looks quite a bit different than it did ten years ago. Where there once was a tricky turn…
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All of Life is Repentance

Oct 5, 2019 — Tim Keller
Martin Luther opened the Reformation by nailing the “Ninety-five Theses” to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. The very first of the theses was…
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9 Things that Worked in the Church a Decade Ago that Don't Today

Oct 5, 2019 — Carey Nieuwhof
What used to work, doesn’t. Not anymore. The challenge is to know what’s stopped working and what hasn’t…
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The Great Emergence

Sep 16, 2019 — Phyllis Tickle

"Once in a great while, a book comes along and makes things make sense. With understated humility, The Great Emergence unpacks the chaos of contemporary cultural upheaval and the…

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Knowledge–Imagination–Memory: Developing Faith in Our Children

Sep 8, 2019 — Steve Robertson
One of the most exciting finds I've run across in a long time! Not because (ok, not ONLY because) I'm a Harry…
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WPU 2019 Convocation

Sep 4, 2019 — Dr. Andrea Cook
Ten years ago I gave the most important speech of my life. I was being inaugurated as the seventh president of Warner Pacific, and in that speech…
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Pastors (& People) That Don't Impress God That Much

Sep 14, 2019 — New Commandment Ministry
I hid my bio for the first fourteen years of this ministry. I thought it sounded like I was bragging. Then I realized people…
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Recommended Readings from Dennis & Georgia Miller

Aug 12, 2019 — Dennis & Georgia Miller
Dennis & Georgia Miller have spent several decades ministering to couples in the area of sexual and relational…
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What We're Missing About Mass-Shootings

Aug 12 — Stonestreet & Morris
“The state of our national discourse is, to put it mildly, discouraging and unhelpful, and the reaction to the recent shootings…
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Prayer Offered by Gary Walker

Aug 4, 2019 — Gary Walker
Lord, in our shock and confusion, we come before you. In our grief and despair in the midst of hate, in our sense of…
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Six Exercises to Help Guide Your Decision Making

Aug 4, 2019 — Ruth Haley Barton
Which choice brings the deepest sense of life, inner peace and freedom? Is there…
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The Fourth Quarter

Jul 21, 2019 — G & M Hency
The changes can so overwhelm us that we allow them to control our lives. We are better served by things that don not…
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Moonshot

July 17, 2019 — Douglas Estes
In 1958, A.W. Tozer said that age of fear, Christians often examined the headlines with a microscope, but that was the…
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Beauty in Exile

Jul 7, 2019 — Mark Labberton
articulate presentation by Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary, as he lays out two paradigms of…
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A Conversation with Artist Makoto Fujimuro

Jul 7, 2019 — Makoto Fujimuro
Culture care is an act of generosity to our neighbors and culture. Culture Care is to see our world not as a battle zone in…
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Staying on Mission in the Age of Outrage

Jun 27, 2019 — Ed Stetzer
With today’s technology, we can communicate instantly and continuously, whether we’re facing a life-or-death…
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Searching for Home

Jun 17,2019 — Matt Ingles
“In a black hatchback, barreling through a damp Parisian tunnel, my wife and I ride with Samir Salibi to Parc d’Aubervilliers, a central meeting place for migrants and…
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If You Want to Change Your City

Jun 9, 2019 — Dr. Roger Valci
What was your "AH-HA" moment that encouraged you to change the way you were doing your work? …
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The Holy Spirit in the Church

Jun 6, 2019 — Tom Wright

NT Wright, or Tom Wright as he is often known, is an English New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and retired Anglican bishop. He is currently…

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Stunned by the Holy Spirit

Apr 6, 2019 — Jennie Pollock
It’s so easy to think ‘If only Jesus would appear again on earth, if he were here and could speak to my friends, then they’d believe,’ but the evidence of the Bible contradicts that. An unusual man…
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