Galileo Church

Quirky church for spiritual refugees. Who would Jesus love?

Our missional priorities:
1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ humans, and support the people who love them.
2. We do kindness for people with mental illness and in emotional distress, and celebrate neurodiversity.
3. We do beauty for our God-Who-Is-Beautiful.
4. We do real relationship, no bullshit, ever.
5. We do whatever it takes to share this good news with the world God still loves.

Trying to find us IRL?
Mail here: 6563 Teague Road, Fort Worth TX 76140
Worship here: 5860 I-20 service road, Fort Worth 76119, 5 pm Sundays

Jesus Brings the Thunder: Stories From the Middle of Luke's Gospel: 5/7

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Nothing pisses Jesus off like people throwing away their shot. He sends people out to make the reign of God crystal-clear, and some people just don’t get it. Jesus gets mad. (Note: the Revised Common Lectionary cuts out vv. 12-15. They don’t want us to see him getting so mad?) 

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Jesus Brings the Thunder: Stories From the Middle of Luke's Gospel: 4/7

Jesus is easily misunderstood. His org doesn’t respect ambition; he’s not jealous of other people’s power; he’s not interested in retribution; he’s not interested in waiting for you. What does it all mean for those who want to be near him? 

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Jesus Brings the Thunder: Stories From the Middle of Luke's Gospel: 3/7

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Nothing is too hard for Jesus. A storm at sea; a legion’s worth of demons; bring him your worst, most intractable problems. (Also: check out those badass women who are his financial backers. That’s just for free; every time we get in proximity of Luke 8 we gotta read this part.) 

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Jesus Brings the Thunder: Stories From the Middle of Luke's Gospel: 2/7

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John the Baptist is in prison, and Jesus defends him. Plus, JC has a rep of his own: glutton, drunkard. Are people never satisfied? 

To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on VenmoPatreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

Back to the Future: The Galileo Co-Conspiracy in Acts: 7/7

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“Participation in the church’s discernment of our next steps together.” The early church received the lavish outpouring of the Holy Spirit and began to prophesy – that is, they found language to articulate what God was doing and was about to do among them, and in the world God still loves. We, too, have received the Spirit bountifully; this puts us in a state of wondering, watching, discerning, and declaring what God is up to these days, and next. We’ll meet the Holy Spirit of the living Christ.

To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on VenmoPatreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

Back to the Future: The Galileo Co-Conspiracy in Acts: 6/7

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The early church leaders often found themselves in trouble, including physical peril and actual bodily harm. While they could (sometimes) heal others, they could not always liberate and restore themselves (like Jesus?). The kindness of others – the wound-washing, the meal-sharing, the sanctuary of homes – was integral to their evangelistic success. All they had to do was receive it. We’ll meet Paul (again); Silas; an enslaved, fortune-telling girl; her slaveholder; a Philippian jailer; and the jailer’s household. 

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Back to the Future: The Galileo Co-Conspiracy in Acts: 5/7

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“Presence – physical and emotional – at gatherings of the church.” The early church grew and spread insofar as people gathered to be the church. There were no spaces designated “church”; there were only people hungry for the gospel, prayerful for help, eager to share their homes. Galileo Church, in some sense, only exists in those hours when we are gathered, in the BRB or the taco bar or the living rooms of our Lydias. We’ll meet Paul, Timothy, the apparitional Macedonian man, and Lydia. Featuring guest preacher Ashley Dargai!

Back to the Future: The Galileo Co-Conspiracy in Acts: 4/7

“Extension of the church’s welcome to friends, neighbors, strangers, and enemies.” The early church churned on one central problem for a very long time: how could the God of Israel, and Israel’s Messiah, be for Gentiles, too? For the very people they had defined themselves against for generations? The church today keeps asking: who are our “Gentiles”? the ones who are not like us, but for whom God has already prepared a welcome we are meant to embody? We’ll meet Peter, some “circumcised believers,” Cornelius, and a bunch of “uncircumcised believers.”

To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on VenmoPatreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

Back to the Future: The Galileo Co-Conspiracy in Acts: 3/7

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“Cultivation of spiritual gifts for the life of our church and community.” The early church included powerhouses who made big speeches, healed many, and converted the masses. But it also celebrated the quiet beloveds who found daily ways to use their covert gifts to bring God’s world closer to God’s dream. We’ll meet Tabitha, also called Dorcas; and Simon the Tanner.

To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on VenmoPatreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE GALILEO CO-CONSPIRACY IN ACTS: 2:7

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“Contemplation of our baptism, past or future.” The early church encountered people who were formerly thought to be outside of God’s circle of mercy and welcome, and recognized the expansion of that circle in Jesus the Christ to include even those who suffered cultural shaming. Baptism is the sign of the total, unreserved, you’re-soaking-in-it “yes” (or yaaas!) of God to those who seek God’s heart. We’ll meet Philip and the eunuch from Ethiopia. Laura Jean Allen, special guest preacher

To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on VenmoPatreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

Back to the Future: The Galileo Co-Conspiracy in Acts: 1/7

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“The sharing of material resources to further the church’s goals.” The early church had a way of being that required decisions about money, and the relationship of your money (singular) to our money (plural). There was no requirement for how or how much to share, but there was an expectation of transparency in our financial decision-making, both individually and collectively. We’ll meet Barnabas, Peter, Ananias, and Sapphira.

To tell us your thoughts on this sermon, click through to the web posting and leave us a comment. Or, find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, email us the old-fashioned way: info@galileochurch.org. To contribute financially to the ongoing ministry of Galileo Church, find us on VenmoPatreon, or PayPal, or just send a check to 6563 Teague Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140.

The Holiest Week: Easter Sunday 2019

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This Easter Sunday we take a look at the resurrection of Jesus (shocker, right?) through the lens of the emotional labor done by the women in the story.

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The Holiest Week: Palm Sunday 2019

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From the high to the low to the end of the show: this week’s podcast takes us on a journey through Luke 22 and 23, from the so-called Triumphal Entry to the death and burial of Jesus.

Editors note: We had a bit of a technological snafu this week, which meant our voice recorder used its on-board microphone instead of recording the clean signal from our soundboard. So the audio is a bit rough this week, but we hope you’ll forgive us and listen anyway :)

Scatology: Relational Bullshit Under the Microscope 5/5

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“Because I love you, I forgive you…kinda.” Forgiveness is the corollary to the confession we talked about on Ash Wednesday. We are not only sinners; we are also sinned against, guaranteed for anybody who stays in a relationship long enough. The people you love will hurt you. How expensive is your forgiveness? How tightly do you hold a grudge, clutch the offense? Like the older brother in the story Jesus tells: do those brothers ever love each other again? Or are they bickering about what happened that year for decades to come? Does the older brother hold on to the ulteriority of power gained in the younger brother’s serious transgressions? What would it look like if we practiced prodigal (reckless, lavish, bounteous, ridiculous) forgiveness?

Scatology: Relational Bullshit Under the Microscope: 4/5

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“Love is Sentimental, Love is Romantic, Love is Sweet.” There is a kind of love that loves the idea of love: romantic, idyllic, sappy, needy – when the beloved object is attractive in a variety of ways. It’s the shallowest kind – and while it can lead to the deeper kind, sometimes we get stuck in the lightness of this sweetness. Think of Louis in Angels in America, leaving Prior to suffer through AIDS, wondering if he is capable of love. (He is not.) Agapé is hard-core. It’s decisional. It calls on all your deepest resources. Love is patient, love is kind, love is hard.