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 It’s a cool thing living in a University town like we do. The U of A offers the opportunity to engage with a vast variety of people, ideas and experiences unique to a University culture. When Jane and I were first getting to know each other one of our first dates was to a U of A theater production of MacBeth. There are also some people here who, while maybe not recognized in the wider world, are pretty big deals in their areas of study. One of them is Benjamin Pierce. You might not be familiar with that name, but Pierce is regarded as a pioneer in playing the tuba as a solo instrument. He’s won dozens of competitions for his unique arrangements for an instrument usually relegated to the back row and only recognized for its ship’s foghorn low notes. But lemme tell ya, he can play that thing in really creative ways. While this playing is novel and interesting, I wouldn’t want it to become the only, or even the dominant music I listened to. But something like that has happened when it comes to our modern Western protestant understanding of salvation. Let’s dig in this week and what we can find. 

Grace and peace y’all,

John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea

The great enemy is death. Once death is “defeated”, then we are free to live (and die) with hope. It’s weird how easy that is to lose sight of.

Take Away

Understanding how Jesus overcomes death is really important in forming how we respond to the gift that it is, but understanding the how shouldn’t take away focus from the what.


Hebrews 2:1-18 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace we practice radical hospitality, the invitation to belong, in response to the incredible gift of which Jesus gives to us. These practices helps form us into who we are to become. All this helps form and inform what we confess to believe.


What’s Next?

We delve into Hebrews 3.

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