Author: Jon Ritner

January 11th, 2017

Five Keys to Unlocking Any Passage of Scripture

January 8th, 2017 kicked off the Flourishing series. These are notes and quotes from my sermon for your reference. Hear the full sermon here. Notes and Quotes “Our greatest need today is an enlarged vision of Jesus Christ. We need to see Him as the One in whom alone the fullness of God dwells and […]

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August 23rd, 2016

The Others Week 3: Notes and Quotes

Notes and Quotes from Week 3 “Our tribal identity is today asserting itself as a powerful force, especially in cases where cultural heterogeneity is combined with extreme imbalances of power and wealth. It may not be too much to claim that the future of our world will depend on how we deal with identify and […]

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August 13th, 2016

The Others Week 2: Notes and Quotes

The real journey inward in chapter 2 is not about going inside the fish, it is about Jonah’s personal journey into the depths of his own heart.   God is taking Jonah on a journey inward to reveal that in Jonah’s hatred of the other, he has failed to realize that he himself is the […]

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August 7th, 2016

The Others: Week 1 Notes and Quotes

On a recent Freakonomics Podcast Olympia Snow 34 year Congresswoman & Senator from Maine, said “We are experiencing the worst polarization since the end of Reconstruction in 1879.   Analysis shows that in 1982 there were 58 senators that came between the most conservative democrats and the most liberal republicans. Today, for the fourth time in […]

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March 24th, 2016

Rooted: Practicing Spiritual Disciplines

“I will be more patient!!!” No matter how hard we try forcing ourselves to be patient, joyful or kind it never quite works. The Bible calls these behaviors “Fruit of the Spirit” and for good reason because – as we all know – the best way to grow good fruit starts with healthy roots. Spiritual […]

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November 27th, 2015

Advent Series: Christmas Belles

For most of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree to decorate. Whatever your preference, a wide tree or a tall tree, tinsel or ornaments, colored lights or white ones, the Christmas tree holds a special place in each home. In Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, we discover a colorful Christmas tree […]

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November 22nd, 2015

Adoption and Foster Care

Sunday we celebrated Part II of Family Sunday with another round of Child dedications and the announcement of two more births.  On Adoption Sunday, we invited two new friends to share with us at Ecclesia, Sergey Pokrovskiy and Rodrigo de la Sotta. Sergey lives with his wife and daughter in Ryazan, Russia where he serves as a […]

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October 31st, 2015

It’s Time to Tell a New Story

A year into my ministry in Brussels, I had a revelation that was both liberating and terrifying at the same time. After spending hours listening to secular university students, career-minded young adults and parents, I came to this realization: Jesus Christ, as I was accustomed to sharing Him, had nothing to offer these people. The […]

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