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.

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Mail here: 6563 Teague Road, Fort Worth TX 76140
Worship here: 5860 I-20 service road, Fort Worth 76119, 5 pm Sundays

Outdoing Jesus (special guest speaker: Doug Pagitt)

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This week we have a very special guest speaker: Doug Pagitt, who just published a new book titled, “Outdoing Jesus: Seven Ways to Live Out the Promise of Greater Than.” In this episode, Doug speaks to us on what it might mean to outdo Jesus (John 14:12 gives us a good starting point), looking to the story of Jesus healing a Roman official’s son (as told in John 4:43-54) for inspiration.

Freedom in Covenant: Studies in Deuteronomy: 3/6

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Idolatry is the most basic threat to faith. Really the entire book of Deuteronomy is a repetitive stay against false gods, the treacherous allegiances we pledge to any other god but God. We’re less inclined than our ancestors to fashion idols out of clay, but equally inclined to bend our knee to powers and principalities that don’t have our best interest in mind. What are God’s recommendations (commandments!?) for preventing our disloyalty?

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Freedom in Covenant: Studies in Deuteronomy: 2/6

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You can’t always get what you want. God is not a soft touch; and with God, there are consequences for our (individual? collective?) tendency to want what we want, rather than what God wants. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how nicely you ask, or how sure you are that you know what should happen next. Pardon the background roar, our AC was out, so we compensated (a little) with fans. Which make noise. Who knew?

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Freedom in Covenant: Studies in Deuteronomy 1/6

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Justice is God’s idea. The question of whether the church should leave “politics” alone is in dispute. We don’t live in a theocracy, thanks be to God; but doesn’t our faith speak to our ideals of justice, freedom, individual responsibility, and the communal good?

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Eating and Drinking Together as a Sign of God’s Reign

From guest preacher Laura Jean Allen: The prophets foresaw it, and Jesus embodied it – sitting at table with one another points toward God’s dreamed-of future for all people. At Galileo Church we’re setting lots of tables and sharing lots of meals, as a testimony that it gets even better in God’s good future.

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Remembering Keeps Us Rooted

The Rev. Dr. Katie Hays is on a well-deserved vacation, so instead we get to hear from two wonderful people: Spiritual Care Team member Francine Speer, and ordination candidate Tyler Araki. This week, Francine offers a prayer in response to the latest mass shootings, and Tyler preaches on Matthew 12:1-14

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.

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

So many stories, so little time. “Lord, teach us to pray.” Snake/scorpion vs. fish/egg. Kingdom divided, exorcisms. Demons return to a swept house. A wicked generation, the Queen of the South. The eye is the lamp of the body. Pharisees are filthy. Unbearable burdens. Tensions escalate. 

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Jesus Brings the Thunder: Stories from the Middle of Luke's Gospel: 6/7

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Jesus wants you to see yourself as clearly as he does. The Very Religious Attorney, though, just can’t see that he could very well be the one in need of help. Thinks of himself as a helper, all the way. “Hm,” says Jesus, “that’s gonna be problematic.” Our friend and TCU professor Rev. Dr. Tish Duncan serves as our guest preacher this week!

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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? 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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.

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