Tag Archive: Jesus

Dec 06

“Guess Who?” an object lesson for the 2nd week of Advent

Object lesson for Week 2 of Advent: “Guess Who?” Objects needed: A copy of the children’s game “Guess Who?” if you can find one. Theme/Main Idea: With Jesus’ birth, God entered into human history and gave God a face! In knowing Jesus, we have a chance to know God. In living our lives with Jesus, …

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Jul 16

Building something of worth: work on Van Orsdel Commons has begun!

It’s an exciting time in ministry at Intermountain. It’s been fifty years since there was a dedicated chapel space for the children in residential care at Helena’s Lamborn campus. In fact, the last place dedicated for worship and learning about God was the Helen Piper memorial chapel in Mills Hall, which once stood on 11th …

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Nov 13

Was Jesus’ ministry “trauma-informed?” [part 4]: Responding to trauma within the compassionate Kingdom of God

There is a movement taking shape across the country when it comes to ministry settings: becoming trauma-informed. I am personally invested in this movement and I am intrigued by the ways I see connections between Jesus’ teachings and trauma-informed ministry principles. In the first post in the series, I focused only the first identifier of …

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Jul 29

Was Jesus’ ministry “trauma-informed?” [part 3] Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma, cont.

Woman-at-well

Perhaps you have heard about it by now? There’s a movement spreading across the country when it comes to ministry settings: becoming trauma-informed. The topic concerns churches that are interested in missional engagement with the culture because there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that if we can break the cycle of adversity …

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Jul 10

Was Jesus’ ministry “trauma-informed?” [Part 2] Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma

Jesus_and_Nicodemus

There is a movement that is beginning to take shape across the country when it comes to ministry settings: becoming trauma-informed. The topic concerns churches that are interested in missional engagement with the culture because there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that if we can break the cycle of adversity in childhood …

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Jun 17

Was Jesus’ Ministry “Trauma-informed?” [part 1]

at-Custer

I have written before about a growing trend in education, mental health, social services, and health care that has now extended to ministry settings: becoming trauma-informed. Trauma results when we experience something as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening. A traumatic event, circumstance or series of events leaves a lasting effect on our ability to …

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Jan 27

How a “Presbycatalutapalian” taught me to build bridges while maintaining my convictions

Friends and mentors Dave and Julie Pederson continue to serve the Lord well on the mission field

There are certainly many ways one can choose to express his or her faith in public. Certainly, during this political season, there is no shortage of judgments made on the character of individuals based on the religious ideals they may or may not possess. At every turn it seems we are asked to pledge allegiance …

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Oct 10

Toward a Theology of Hospitality – a sermon by Intermountain Board President, Rev. Marianne Niesen

The Rev. Marianne Niesen

[This sermon was delivered in worship at St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, Montana on Sept. 20th, 2015. Rev. Marianne Niesen serves as Sr. Pastor of St. Paul’s UMC as well as the Chair of the Intermountain Board of Directors] In Africa, the Masai are known as the fiercest of warriors.  Interestingly, though, they greet each …

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Mar 22

Spring is here… or is it?

Butterfly

Did you know that the official start of spring on the calendar was March 20th? We are officially past winter and into spring. Isn’t it great? I imagine you are shaking your head back and forth in disagreement. Perhaps it doesn’t feel like spring just yet? A Montana spring teases and taunts us, daring us …

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Apr 28

How we see Jesus – a sermon for the second Sunday of Easter

How We See Jesus

Scripture texts: John 20: 19-29 & 1 Peter 1:3-9 “I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing in my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for. Hush, child. Hush now, and I will tell it to you. Even before the dawn one Friday morning …

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