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FULLER sermons offers spiritual reflections on topics at the heart of the seminary’s mission from professors, students, and preachers throughout Fuller’s extended community (including All-Seminary Chapel, pictured above with Professor Evelyne Reisacher preaching).

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PODCAST

FULLER sermons offers spiritual reflections on topics at the heart of the seminary’s mission from professors, students, and preachers throughout Fuller’s extended community (including All-Seminary Chapel, pictured above with Professor Evelyne Reisacher preaching). The illustration by Denise Klitsie depicts the American preacher Billy Graham whose friendship with Charles Fuller was instrumental at the beginning of Fuller’s history, and the many microphones are a fitting image for the variety of voices preaching in our community.

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FULLER sermons offers spiritual reflections on topics at the heart of the seminary’s mission from professors, students, and preachers throughout Fuller’s extended community (including All-Seminary Chapel, pictured above with Professor Evelyne Reisacher preaching). The illustration by Denise Klitsie depicts the American preacher Billy Graham whose friendship with Charles Fuller was instrumental at the beginning of Fuller’s history, and the many microphones are a fitting image for the variety of voices preaching in our community.

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Restoring Dignity | Vince Bantu

Vince Bantu, assistant professor of church history and Black church studies, preaches of God’s work of uplifting Blackness and restoring dignity to the oppressed.

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Faithful Storytellers | Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Jennifer Guerra Aldana (MDiv ’17), manager of multicultural initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute, encourages us to be Spirit-filled storytellers who speak God’s liberating truth.

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God is Not Done | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair, meditates on the story of Stephen and on God’s unfinished and uncontainable work in the world.

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Bearing Witness | Zac Niringiye

Bishop Zac Niringiye, theologian, pastor, and civic-political activist, reframes our understanding of mission and teaches about the impact of migration on Christian witness.

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Idolatry and Marriage | Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway, associate professor of theology and culture, speaks a word of caution against creating an idol out of marriage and invites us to reimagine marriage as a means of Christian witness.

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Reordering Power | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair, reflects on Acts 2 and on the power of the Spirit expressed through the church—power not centered on dominion but on justice and love.

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Embodied Community | Inés Velásquez-McBryde

Inés Velásquez-McBryde (MDiv ’19), pastor and Fuller chaplain, reflects on the church’s identity as a united family, brought together by the power of the cross which abolishes enmity between people.

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A New Power | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair, reflects on Acts 2 and on the power of the Spirit expressed through the church—power not centered on dominion but on justice and love.

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From Fear to Love | Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, preaches about the gospel’s power that frees us from a world of fear and ushers us into a world of love.

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Contending for Hope | Teesha Hadra

Teesha Hadra (MDiv ’20), looks at the Psalms and asks how it is possible for us to sing God’s praises and testify to God’s faithfulness in the midst of grief and hardship.

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Lazarus at Our Gate | Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, considers Jesus’ parable about the rich man and Lazarus—a story less about a right understanding of death and more about a right way to live.

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Pools of Water in the Desert | Kevin Doi

Kevin Doi (MDiv ’94), Fuller Seminary chaplain, encourages us to be attentive to God’s presence, reflecting on how God meets us in the most difficult and unexpected places.

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Rightly Seen and Rightly Seeing | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair of Fuller Seminary, preaches on how God sees us without misconception and on our charge to see others with the same dignity well.

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Christ-Formed Community | Oliver Crisp

Oliver Crisp, former professor of systematic theology, speaks about what it looks like to be a worshiping community continually shaped and transformed by Christ.

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Under the Shelter of Hope | Inés Velásquez-McBryde

Inés Velásquez-McBryde (MDiv 19’), pastor and Fuller Seminary chaplain, delivers a message on how God welcomes us under the shelter of his hope, even as we continue to experience fear and grief.

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Open the Door | Jaclyn Williams and Cate McCrory

Jaclyn Williams and Cate McCrory, former chapel interns, preach an Eastertide sermon about how God’s embodied peace and love meets us in the midst of fear and doubt.

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New Life in Christ | Evelyne Reisacher

The late Evelyne Reisacher, former associate professor of Islamic studies and intercultural relations, preached this Easter sermon on Jesus’ resurrection and on what it means for us to be raised with Christ.

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Reordering the Ordinary | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair of Fuller Seminary, meditates on how God’s ultimate work—by the resurrection of Christ—reshapes and reorders our ordinary life.

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Talk About Deep | Eugene Lowry

Eugene Lowry, preacher and author, reflects on the deep and overwhelming wonder that we experience when we encounter God and God’s holiness.

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Do Not Be Afraid | Mignon Jacobs

Mignon Jacobs, former associate professor of Old Testament, encourages us to rely on God during times of trouble rather than allowing fear to be our guide.

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Our Sacrifices, Our Humility | Tamisha Tyler

Tamisha Tyler, PhD candidate, preaches about leaning into humility and calling on God, who comes and delivers us in times of trouble.

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Suffering in Obedience | Leah Fortson

Leah Fortson (PhD in Clinical Psychology ’17, MDiv ’18) meditates on the reality of suffering in the Christian life and how God might use our pain to bring healing to a suffering world.

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The Cries of the Community | Juan Martínez Benavides

Juan Martínez Benavides, MDiv student, invites us to hear the cries and complaints of the people we serve, challenging us to acknowledge our failures and to open ourselves up to transformation. English translation is provided by Inés Velasquez-McBryde, Fuller chaplain.

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Pulling Others Up | Wayne Chaney

Wayne Chaney, pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach, speaks about loving our neighbors by using our voices for justice and by lifting up those in deficit positions.

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Saying Yes to God | Laura Harbert

Laura Harbert, former dean of chapel and spiritual formation, considers Mary and how she exemplifies what it looks like to courageously join in God’s mysterious and radical work of redemption.


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Divine Assignment | Sonja Dawson

Sonja Dawson, head pastor of New Mt. Calvary Church, preaches on the grace God provides for our divine callings and on our need to be open to however God might use us.

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Honesty and Dissonance | Aaron Dorsey

Aaron Dorsey (MAT ’18), communications inclusion liaison, speaks about Psalm 44 and what it looks like to honestly lament before and wait on God—even when we cannot believe in God’s goodness.

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Making Worship Just | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair of Fuller Seminary, explains how worship and justice go hand in hand, as worship becomes a context for reordering power.

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A Repentant Heart | Brenda Bertrand

Brenda Bertrand, Fuller Seminary chaplain, preaches on how our sins impact our communities, our need for repentance, and God’s unfailing love.

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Living Water | Steve Yamaguchi

Steve Yamaguchi, former dean of students and assistant professor of pastoral theology, talks about our need to not only be scholars and experts on living water but to be faithful and daily partakers.

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Trusting Your Call | Margaret Kibben

Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, 26th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy, shares about her journey toward military ministry and the need to trust in God’s call.

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A God of Quiet | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Clifford L. Penner Presidential Chair at Fuller Seminary, speaks about the Psalmist’s hope in God’s quiet yet steady faithfulness during seasons of despair.

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The King of Glory | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton reflects on God’s holiness and ultimate authority and reminds us how, in Christ, we are invited to join in exultation before God.

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Making a Difference | Otis Moss Jr.

Otis Moss Jr., pastor, speaker, and activist, speaks about how faith and the grace of God enable us to make a transformational difference wherever we find ourselves, even during dark and dangerous sea.

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God’s Promises | Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard

Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard, senior pastor of Word of Encouragement Community Church, preaches about how God’s promises in scripture bring us comfort, preserve our lives, and lift us up.

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Liberation from the Bottom | Kenichi Yoshida

Kenichi Yoshida, pastor and associate director of academic affairs, preaches about the power of theology that comes from the margins—focusing particularly on the voices of women of color.

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The Shepherd’s Love | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, speaks about God’s promise to be protector of the vulnerable, as the decision on the DACA policy heads to the US Supreme Court.

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Digital Neighbors | Nelson Kiamu

Nelson Kiamu, PhD student in the School of Intercultural Studies, asks what it looks like for us to share the love of Christ and be good digital neighbors in this current age.

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Lament and God’s Goodness | Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway, associate professor of theology and culture, considers new ways for us to bear witness to God’s goodness in a world where there is so much to lament.

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Learning in Times of Trouble | Lisa Lamb

Lisa Washington Lamb, visiting assistant professor of preaching, preaches about yearning for God in the midst of literal and metaphorical battles.

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God’s Concern for Integral Health | Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Lisseth Rojas-Flores, associate professor of clinical psychology, speaks about the church’s mission to care holistically for the vulnerable and marginalized.

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Value and Human Dignity | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches at Fuller’s Festival of Beginnings about framing our scholarship in the reality that God places value and dignity on every human life.

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A God-Drenched Life | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, addresses new students during Fuller’s Welcome Week, preaching about what it means to choose the life-giving way of God.

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Children and the Case for Humility | Doug McConnell

Doug McConnell, provost emeritus and professor of leadership and intercultural studies, delivers a Baccalaureate sermon to Fuller’s class of 2019 on our responsibility to serve children in every conte

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Courage in Our Call | Jeanelle Austin

Jeanelle Austin, Fuller alumna, encourages us to remain courageous in our obedience to God’s call and to remember that God is present with us in every step of the journey.

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Dying to Self | Joyce del Rosario

Joyce del Rosario, PhD candidate, talks about the ongoing process of dying to our old selves as we allow God to expand and transform our paradigms of who he is and who we are.

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A Culture of Fear | Euiwan Cho

Euiwan Cho, academic director for the Korean Doctor of Ministry program and associate professor of Christian ministry, speaks about living in a culture of fear and our need to gaze upon God’s beauty.

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Rejoice in the Lord | Trey Clark

Trey Clark, pastor and PhD student, preaches on Paul’s imperative to rejoice against despair, with joy being rooted not in one’s circumstances but in the truth of Christ.

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Grounding Vision | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, meditates on Philippians 4 and the need to set our hearts and minds on goodness, justice, the truth, and the gospel.

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Embodiment and Agency | Kathy Khang

Kathy Khang, author and speaker, delivers a chapel address for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on the cultural and gender dynamics at play when coming before Jesus in times of need.

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Hope in Suffering | Sandra Van Opstal

Sandra Van Opstal, pastor, author, and activist, preaches an Easter message about the communal nature of suffering and the global church’s witness of hope in the midst of it.

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Experiencing Anger | Johnny Ramírez-Johnson

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, professor of anthropology and profesor del Centro Latino, speaks about human and divine anger and the power anger has in pointing out necessary change.

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The Lord is Near | Inés Velasquez-McBryde

Inés Velasquez-McBryde, pastor and MDiv student, delivers a sermon on the peace God’s presence brings in the midst of our seasons of personal and public anxiety.

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Unexpected Places | Gerry Pickett

Gerry Pickett, pastor and Fuller alumnus, speaks about following the call of God no matter the context, even when it takes us places we don’t want to be in or never imagined going.

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Mesmerizing Rhythms | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on the mesmerizing but destructive narratives that can often control us, and about the alternative narrative of hope and life which God offers.

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Communing with God | Nikki Wilson

Rev. Nikki Wilson, pastor of St. James AME Church in LA, cautions against prioritizing entertainment in worship and reflects on what it means that worship is meant for God, not for us.

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Jesus Wept | Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura, director of Fuller’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, meditates on grief and the love of God, which does not always make sense.

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In-Between People | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, speaks about the in-between seasons and places to which God calls us, and the challenges, hopes, and unexpected blessings found in them.

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Hope in the In Between | Jean Burch

Jean Burch, pastor of Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena, preaches on trusting God’s faithfulness and placing hope in God’s promises during the “in between times” of life.

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Believer Doubters | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on the doubt of the disciples and a gospel not based on our successes but our identity grounded in the heart and life of God

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We Can’t Heal What We Hide | Dwight Radcliff

Dwight Radcliff, a PhD student in the School of Intercultural Studies, preaches on Mark 3 and calls us to stretch out our brokenness to the God who heals

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Who Are You? | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on social and racial locations and finding our identity in Christ.

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Lessons from Hagar | Brenda Bertrand

Brenda Bertrand, a chaplain at Fuller Seminary, preaches on learning how to mourn, being honest, learning to rest, trusting a God who sees our pain, and more—all lessons gleaned from the life of Hagar

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Preparation, Temptation, and Liberation | Dwight Hopkins

Dwight Hopkins, Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology, preaches on the “threshold event” of baptism, Christ’s temptations, and liberating economics, politics, technology in service of the poor

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A Paradox of Hope | Wong Gil Shin

Wong Gil Shin, instructor of New Testament Greek, preaches on the prodigal son, Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, and an invitation to participate in the paradox of hope

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Mixed Motives | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on Timothy’s earnestness in Philippians, our own “mixed bag” of motivations, and the ongoing call to love others with genuine love

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Light in Darkness | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on the Christ hymn in Philippians, the slow transformative process of advent, and becoming God’s light in a world of pain and darkness

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Fight or Flight | Tara Beth Leach

Tara Beth Leach, senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, preaches on the Sermon on the Mount, risk and reconciliation, and the “subversive way of love”

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Gratitude and Disability | Various Voices

Staff and students in the Fuller community offer testimonies of gratitude and show that “the Body of Christ is incomplete without the voices and perspectives of people with disabilities”

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First, Primary, and Pervasive | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, revisits Philippians 2—the text read at his inauguration—and preaches on making the mind of Christ primary and pervasive on the “pathway of discipleship”

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Pentecostal Fire | Tim Dearborn

Tim Dearborn, previous director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching, preaches on the “fire of God” that could transform our hearts and reach a world desperate for love

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Hope | Kevin Doi

Kevin Doi (MDiv ’94), Fuller Seminary’s chaplain, preaches on the raising of Lazarus, hope in Christ, and healing as “a present sacrament of a future resurrection”

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Let Us Cross Over to the Other Side | Kurt Fredrickson

Kurt Fredrickson, associate dean for the doctor of ministry and associate professor of pastoral ministry, preaches on the storms of life—and Christ journeying with us to the other side

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The Fragrance of Christ | William E. Pannell

William E. Pannell, professor emeritus of preaching and the namesake of the Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, preaches on discipleship and the fragrance of faith

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When Plan A Doesn’t Happen | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on Paul’s imprisonment, when our Plan A doesn’t come to fruition, and how God still works and moves amidst our Plan B.

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The Holy Spirit and the Decolonial Shift | Kay Higuera Smith

Kay Higuera Smith, director of the religious studies program and professor of biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University, reflects on the colonial ideology that continues to plague the church and distort the reign of God—and discusses how the Holy Spirit can show us a different way toward a decolonialized church.

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Sign Language | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, reflects on Paul’s imprisonment and letter to the Philippians, how academic work should be grounded in God’s self-giving love, and the embodied message of the gospel we share with the world.

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Connecting Voice and Touch | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on the Sermon on the Mount, the instinct to let faith be merely a reflection of sociology, and Christ’s call to integrate our words and actions for the sake of God’s kingdom.

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Insignificant Ministry | Janna Louie

Janna Louie (MDiv ’14), area director at InterVaristy Christian Fellowship, preaches on Ezekiel, the temptation of effectiveness, and the importance of recentering ministry on recognizing and embodying the heart of God.

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Pain and Gifts | Laura Harbert

Laura Harbert, affiliate professor of clinical psychology, preaches on the parable of the talents, burying our pain, and the risk of sharing our gifts and our suffering with one another.

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Leading with Humility | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on Christ’s subversion of our assumptions about leadership, humility, and the subtle work of laying down our pride and arrogance

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The Faith of the Canaanite Woman | Johnny Ramírez-Johnson

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, professor of anthropology, preaches on the story of the Canaanite woman, complex layers of gender and ethnicity, and Christ’s call to welcome the outsider

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Finding the Heart of Ministry | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, reflects on the gospel’s redefinition of power, Christ’s teachings on what truly defiles, and how communion transforms community

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Y’all | Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger, vice president and chief of leadership formation, reflects on the body as a temple in 1 Corinthians 3 and how we join together in community as the presence of God for the world

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We Are Dust, We Are Beloved | Laura Harbert

Laura Harbert, affiliate professor of clinical psychology, preaches on the risk of telling the truth, the search for a deeper reconciliation with God, and how Ash Wednesday orients us toward reality

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The Prodigal Son | Robert Juarez

From a life of gang violence and hopelessness to a God-given sense of self-worth, Robert Juarez, senior navigator at Homeboy Industries, shares his testimony as a living example of the prodigal son

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You Were Loved Into Existence | Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger, vice president and chief of leadership formation, preaches on evangelizing today and proclaiming to the world, “You were loved into existence.”

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Signs and Wonders and Politics | Amos Yong

Amos Yong, professor of theology and mission, preaches on Christ’s secrecy that “allows the political ramifications of healing to unfold” and the messianic expectations of Isaiah

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Salt and Light | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, reflects on the kingdom of God, how Christians are meant to be evidence of that kingdom, and examples of being salt and light in the world

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Do Not Worry | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, reflects on Matthew 6:25-34, preaching on Jesus’ teachings on worry, self-centered anxiety, and how God meets us intimately in our most desperate places

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Loving Our Enemies | Laura Harbert

Laura Harbert, affiliate professor of clinical psychology, preaches on the ways we avoid confronting emotional pain, forgiveness, and the need for God to give us “a love that initiates relationships”

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Creating Paths into God’s Future | Juan Martínez

Juan Martínez, professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership, reflects on listening for the Spirit and seeking out marginalized voices to create new paths for faithful discipleship

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Lessons from the Book of Jonah | Miguel Lawson

Miguel Lawson, a graduating online student and Fuller Student Council member, share his testimony through the lens of the book of Jonah

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Through a Glass Dimly | Justo González

Justo González, celebrated church historian and author, reflects on Paul’s changing visions and encourages students that though the vision may not be clear, “God will surprise us in the future”

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Emotional Wisdom from the Psalms | Migum Gweon

Migum Gweon, director of clinical training for marriage and family, preaches on emotional responses to threats, reactivity, and how Psalm 37 can help us de-escalate and reorient toward God’s presence

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Come and See | Jeff Liou

Jeff Liou, adjunct assistant professor of ethics, preaches on his family history and Christian faith from an Asian American perspective

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Fear and Faithfulness | Mark Labberton

Dr. Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on Isaiah 43, the vulnerabilities of being human, and a God who is with us in our fears

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El Enfermo y El Evangelio | Oscar García Johnson and Andrea Kauffman-Canales

Oscar García-Johnson and Andrea Kauffman-Canales preach a bilingual sermon on scapegoating, Legion, and the healing power of the subversive gospel

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God’s Quiver | Eun Ah Cho

Dr. Eun Ah Cho, assistant professor of intercultural leadership, preaches from Isaiah 49, reflecting on ministry, stories of perseverance, and learning joy and humility within God’s quiver

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The Long Road To Communion | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on a theological vision of communion, fear, and the on-the-ground struggle of cultivating a diverse community

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Real Time, Real Place | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on the local context of ministry in the face of global crises and identifying with Christ’s call to ministry in real time and place

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The Beloved Community | Tracy Stringer

Tracey Stringer, director of apprenticeships, preaches on betrayal, the risks of authentic community, and how Judas’ choices are an opportunity to reflect on the fault lines within our own hearts

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The Pain of Others | Laura Harbert

Laura Harbert, affiliate professor of clinical psychology, preaches on Christ’s example of grieving with his followers, suffering, and how leaders must become comfortable with the pain of others

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From Fear to Freedom | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, explores the fears and frailty of being human and the freedom that comes from acknowledging our limitations before God

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Garlic and Touch | Johnny Ramírez-Johnson

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, professor of anthropology, preaches on Christ’s human anger and passion, the emotional life of faith, and an embodied, communal gospel

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Who Is Sufficient For These Things? | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on 2 Cor 2:14-17, reflecting on the aroma of Christ and the “great procession” of faith in the midst of overwhelming suffering around the world.

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Considering Our Sin | Alexis Abernethy

Alexis Abernethy, professor of psychology, preaches on Psalm 51, a litany of subtle sins, and the need for a pliable, tender heart during Lent and beyond.

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The Embrace of God | Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, preaches on the all-encompassing embrace of God in the midst of suffering, an embrace that influences the way we respond creatively to the world

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The Witness of Women in Ministry | Kevin Doi

Kevin Doi, adjunct professor of Asian American ministry and founding pastor of Epic Church, preaches on the Canaanite woman, Christ’s provocation of his followers, and the witness of women in every form of Christian ministry.

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