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This Week’s Message

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day — our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life — fear of death, fear of judgment — is one not yet fully formed in love.
1 John 4:18

Easter Sunrise Service Caps 2015 Holy Week and Lenten Observance

The Easter Sunrise Service at the Church Without Walls in Atlanta’s Candler Park at 6:34am on April 5th caps the 2015 Holy Week and Lenten observance for Gentle Spirit Christian Church, which includes:

This Will Only Hurt for a Minute

What is the difference between “fair” and “just”? See if you can answer that without a dictionary handy. Is justice done in courthouses, or in God’s realm? A meditation on Micah 6:8.

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Sermon for January 25, 2015
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Atlanta, Georgia

That Awkward Moment When God Calls You by Name

Does God intend for us to “make disciples of all nations” by preaching – or by just being ourselves? God knows each of us intimately, so when God calls you by name, what is God really calling you to do?

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Sermon from January 18, 2015
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Atlanta, Georgia

This Week’s Message

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
James 3:17-18

This Week’s Message

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults — unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
Matthew 7:4

That Awkward Moment When You Become Unrecognizable

When you really hear and follow the gospel, you can become as unrecognizable to those around you as Jesus was to his parents when he went to the temple at age 12 “to be in my Father’s house”.

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Sermon from January 4, 2015
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Atlanta, Georgia

Be Bulletproof: New e-book by Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge has published a new e-book, Be Bulletproof: How to Defend Your Faith, Love Your Enemies, and Finally Make Peace with the Bible. Featuring the first article written on the idea of spiritual self-defense that later became her 2008 book Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians, this 30-page resource contains everything you need to begin building your bulletproof faith including:

  • What spiritual self-defense is (and isn’t)
  • How to answer those who want to argue (or not)
  • How to love your critics (even if you don’t like them)
  • Answers to what the Bible does (and does not) say about homosexuality

Use this form to download your free copy of Be Bulletproof: How to Defend Your Faith, Love Your Enemies, and Finally Make Peace with the Bible.

About the author
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge was ordained by Gentle Spirit Christian Church in 2003 and currently serves as pastor of Jubilee! Circle in Columbia, S.C. She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and The Guardian.