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Progressive Christianity in today's world. A mix of thought provoking interviews, insightful questions and the deeper meaning behind sacred texts.

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Gathering 67: The Christ Window-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Is religion in danger of becoming irrelevant? The reality of life and human nature is that it is always evolving. However, religion hasn’t always reflected this dynamic instead finding greater comfort and safety by rooting itself in a static world view. Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. for his ongoing series highlighting the lives of the faces and figures found in our worship center’s six-story high stained glass Great West Window. This week’s focus is on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, an early 20th century French Jesuit Priest and Paleontologist, who worked to understand evolution and faith. Discover Teilhard’s three truths that can inform our theology as Progressive Christians to celebrate a new spiritual force that transcends cultural and natural boundaries embracing our humanity and our relationship with the Divine presence.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 2/24/19Scripture Reader: Crane McClennenPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Psalm 29

33mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Gathering 101: The Unfair Curator

Ever find yourself telling a story to illustrate a point that you want to make? Jesus did this often in the form of a parable to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. But sometimes Jesus’ silence on an issue spoke louder than his actual words. Take for instance, the parable of the unjust curator (manager) from Luke 16:1-9. In it, Jesus tells of a manager who is about to be fired who gains favor with his master's debtors by remitting some of their debts. For many this parable seems to show Jesus approving of dishonest and unethical business practices. But how can that be? Although scholars do not concur on the exact meaning behind this parable, they do agree that Jesus seems to end it rather abruptly at verse 9 leaving many to surmise its meaning through what it was that Jesus didn’t say than what he did. Listen as Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. explores this seemingly contradictory advice of Jesus to be like the dishonest curator. Discover what reading between the lines of Jesus’ parable through a 21st century lens could mean for us and the future of Christianity. Come and see the transformation in your life today when you invest in the future through the restoration of the past.Recorded live at Beatitudes Church, Phoenix, AZ on 10/20/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Luke 16:1-9Scripture Reader: Phil JohnsonIf you like what you hear, please donate:https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-giving

27mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Gathering 95: Circle of Life

You probably don’t recall the very first time you were able to master drawing a line or a circle on paper with your favorite crayon or a chubby pencil. But any parent or grandparent will attest to the significance of such a feat. Yet these two simple geometric shapes first learned in childhood become even more significant when you consider how these two simple shapes impact how you will determine your world view, either linear or circular. For centuries, western Christianity authored itself through a linear world view with the natural order of life ordained by God. However, there is another option and its roots of origin may surprise you. Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. for an in depth examination of how our world view, be it linear or circular, affects not only the natural order of society and culture, but also determines the consequences and fluidity of life for the future. Listen as Pastor Tony explores an important question to ask yourself when considering your own core beliefs.Recorded live at Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, AZ on 9/8/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Ecclesiastes 1:3-5Hymn Referenced in Sermon: “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances AlexanderIf you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message of wholeness to enrich society:https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-giving

23mins

8 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Gathering 94: Spokes of Love

How do you determine or define “an act of love”? Is it through the words you choose to exchange with another or is it an action? And how do you reconcile love when it comes to social justice? Much like a bicycle wheel with its metal rods that join the edge of the wheel to its center, so giving the wheel its strength, love itself has many spokes emanating out to join us together as one in a circle of life. Join us this week on a journey of exploration into the meaning of love in our lives. Listen as our guest speaker, ellie hutchison, examines and explores love in its varied forms and the power in wielding love more as a verb than as a noun. Discover a new space of living in the dailyness of your life in which love can reflect not only that which Jesus said in words, but also what he did in action simply by actively listening to one another.Recorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 9/1/19Preaching: ellie hutchisonScripture Reader: Bruce BearScripture Reference: 1 John 3:18Sources Referenced in message: 1. https://onbeing.org/programs/tracy-k-smith-love-is-a-language-few-practice-but-all-or-near-all-speak-nov2018/2. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/are-deeds-a-better-sign-of-love-than-wordsIf you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message of wholeness to enrich society:  https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-giving

20mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Gathering 86: WTF: Who or What to Follow?

Who do you follow? Not always a simple question to answer. In today’s digitally connected world where who or what you follow on social media can determine your value and self-worth, figuring this out can be complicated given the multitude of choices. On the flip side, for many Christians, the answer is simple:  Just follow Jesus. If you have the capacity to believe and obey the teachings of Jesus, you will have eternal salvation. Simple, right? Yes, but limiting. Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. as he explores another way to live that not only follows Jesus’ values and principles but exposes us to new possibility and opportunity much like Jesus’ original followers. Recover the lost wisdom of the ancient liturgies that Jesus taught that were aimed at grabbing a hold of us on every register. Discover what it means to find wholeness when you formulate your own path to Jesus and let his influence seep into your very core. Then share that wisdom with others in the way that you live. Jesus is lifted high when you understand that his influence isn’t something to be taught, rather it is something to be caught.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message of wholeness to enrich society:https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 7/7/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reader: Phil JohnsonScripture Reference: John 12:32

23mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Gathering 91: "Love Wins"

Like most Americans, the aftermath of the recent two back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left more than 30 people dead and dozens more wounded, has left us grappling for a reason why. Sure we understand that hate fueled the violence, but what fundamental void underscored and ultimately motivated the shooters to take action? Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. for an in depth examination of how our beliefs about God affect how we lead our lives and see ourselves and others. Consider how Jesus pushed the envelope when it came to how we think about God. Listen as Pastor Tony explores two important questions to ask yourself when considering your core beliefs. Then come see how embracing the mystery and love of God can lead to a richer and more loving response to our neighbor and ourselves.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message of wholeness to enrich society.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, AZ on 8/11/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: John 13:34-35

24mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Gathering 102: When God Isn't Enough, Then What?

We carry many beliefs about our world and self. Some resonate with us throughout our lifetime. Others shift and change as we grow. But what do you do when your view of God changes? Perhaps the God of your childhood is not the same God you believe in today? Or maybe you no longer believe in God? What then? Where does that leave you? Join us this week as Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. examines the varied and different views of God. Is Christianity in jeopardy of becoming irrelevant in an evolving world? When secularism and Christian viewpoints collide, discover how a faith transformed can still find community when you return to the core tenant of Jesus’ teaching: love. Listen and learn how easy it is to align with something that is beyond yourself, something perhaps even divine, when you make God’s love real through acceptance of all beliefs, be it Christian (liberal and fundamentalist), agnostic, atheist, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, in essence all humanity.Recorded live at Beatitudes Church, Phoenix, AZ on 10/27/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Psalm 83:1; Mark 15:33-34Scripture Reader: Bruce BearIf you like what you hear, please donate:https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-giving

24mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Gathering 82: "Jesus Saves!" From what?

Ever find yourself shopping and weighing if your purchase is something you want or is something you need? Humanity has always struggled with finding meaning in life through its pursuit of the things of this earth: power, acclaim and wealth. There always seems to be something bigger and better out there to attain. But when is it enough? Christianity promises a life of meaning simply by believing in the power of Jesus to save so that someday we can end up in heaven. Is it possible though to discover a sense of wholeness here and now? Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. as he explores how easily we can miss a meaningful life now by waiting for our future salvation. Jesus can indeed save us, but it doesn’t have to wait. It can occur right here and now. Discover ways you can find meaning and wholeness today. Come see that there is always enough.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 6/9/19Scripture Reader: Negatu MollaPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Matthew 7:1-5Video referenced in the sermon can be found at: https://youtu.be/rQWZK5U233s

23mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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Gathering 61: Seeking, Finding, Knowing

How better to begin your new year than with a reminder? A reminder of the significance of that birth we celebrated not one week ago. The Christmas celebration may be over, but the implicit joy of the good news as revealed in the story of the magi and found in Matthew 2 has only just begun. Listen as guest speaker, Rev. Andrew Moore, shares a message of that divine love that is prepared for us now and ready to be shared to enrich the lives of others.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 1/6/19Scripture Reader: Rev. Judy Green-DavisPreaching: Rev. Andrew Moore

22mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Gathering 81: Engaging Humanity

Humankind is made up of a multitude of people engaging with one another on a daily basis. Jesus relates the story of the Good Samaritan as an example of what engagement can look like for the Christian and the non-Christian alike. Yet engaging with one another isn’t always so easy, especially in an urban setting like a big city. There’s certainly no shortage of opportunities to engage with another human being. So why is it sometimes so hard for us to engage with one another especially when there is real need? Join Pastor Jim Meadows as he looks at the possible motives behind our reluctance to engage. Discover a simple yet impactful way you can engage humanity that connects people one by one by one.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message to enrich society.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 6/2/19Preaching: Rev. Jim MeadowsScripture Reader: Phil JohnsonScripture Reference: Luke 10:25-37

23mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Gathering 80: The Pacifist and Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day weekend, we stop to consider the great cost of war in the loss of the countless number of lives of the armed service men and women who paid the ultimate price to secure our national freedom. This cost of war, however, quite often gives rise to a feeling of pacifism as popularized by the trendy bumper sticker stating that “war is not the answer.” For most Christians this statement aligns perfectly with the principles and values of what Jesus was all about. But if war is not the answer, than what is? In a world often divided by inequality and suffering, can justice truly be served without giving to war? Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. as he explores Jesus’ assertion that peace is possible. Discover some practical ways we as a church can commit to a peaceful world for generations to come, offering as Jesus did a peace that is truly just.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 5/26/19Scripture Reader: Gayle LawsonPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: John 15:11-13

24mins

27 May 2019

Rank #11

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Gathering 73: Not the Blood of Jesus

What did Jesus’ death on a cross mean? For centuries, humanity has wrestled with an explanation of the true meaning of Jesus’ sacrificial death on a cross. The Christian tradition which authors much of Progressive Christianity and much of humanity itself has always talked of sin as that which makes us incomplete and worthless, and therefore something from which to be saved. But is there another way of looking at this? Perhaps being saved from our original sinful nature isn’t a conditional construct for salvation, but has evolved to mean something more? Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. for his ongoing series exploring what it means to be a PROGRESSive Christian in 2019. Listen as he explores what a 21st century perspective can mean for the idea of original sin and how wholeness can be achieved through a greater open mindedness that embraces our imperfections as humans.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message to enrich society.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 4/7/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reader: Destinee McThenyScripture Reference: Romans 5:9The song referenced during the sermon is “There Is Power in the Blood” by Lewis E. Jones.

26mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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Gathering 69: The B-I-B-L-E

Do you believe that the Bible is the word of God, or do you believe it is a word about God? Is it to be taken literally or metaphorically? No matter where you fall on the spectrum of belief, most agree that the Bible is a guideline for Christian living. Progressive Christianity affirms the Bible as an always evolving source which authors us as Christians. And it is in our experience of the Bible that we most align ourselves with the earliest followers of Jesus. As the Christian church celebrates the start of the season of Lent, join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. in the first message of his series exploring what it means to be a PROGRESSive Christian in 2019. Discover a new way to read and experience the B-I-B-L-E.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 3/10/19Scripture Reader: Gayle LawsonPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: 1 Timothy 3:16-17The video referenced during the sermon can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=924MCB12MfA

18mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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Gathering 63: The Incredible Hulk--Hugging the Monster

Anger. Is there ever a circumstance in which anger is permissible? What do you do when you feel threatened? If you’re anything like the character Bruce Banner, you do everything you can to avoid and suppress your anger so the inner beast (in his case the Incredible Hulk) doesn’t emerge. After all, isn’t anger one of the seven deadly sins that motivates us to do unchristian things? In his second message of the MARVELous Living series, Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. examines this often misunderstood emotion and invites us to see the benefit of embracing this primal emotion. Discover three ways in which you can have a healthy relationship with anger and find wholeness to hug the inner beast.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 1/20/19Scripture Reader: Bethany DennPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.

21mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Gathering 85: PRIDE

Shame and guilt. Both are powerful emotions inducing feelings of inadequacy, failure and hopelessness. But when conformity is no longer an option, where can you turn? How do you escape the shame and guilt of living out your truth? This was exactly the predicament the LGBTQ+ community found themselves 50 years ago this week at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Regarded as an underground safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community, the Stonewall Inn welcomed the inadequate and the different, those oppressed by a society that regarded them as mentally ill and illegally living out their truth. But on July 28, 1969, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community broke out against a police raid and that all changed. Join us as Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D. examines the implications of this watershed moment in history. Discover the commonalities the LGBTQ+ community and all of humanity shares with Jesus who too made that walk of shame. Be encouraged by the knowledge that your journey into wholeness from shame to PRIDE has less to do with overcoming oppression than simply embracing and loving who you are, beautifully and wonderfully made.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 6/30/19Scripture Reader: Lucy FredricksonPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Galatians 5:1Video referenced in the sermon can be found at: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x599bbb

18mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Gathering 84: Healing and Community through Words

Words are vital for communicating information. Quite often, our choice of words can be the measure of success or failure when it comes to getting our point across to others. In a seemingly perplexing and odd series of events, our story from the gospel of Luke today illustrates the importance of our choice of words. In it we see how Jesus’ rebuke of the powers of evil and darkness came to overcome and restore God’s light and love to a man cast aside as demon-possessed. Join us as our guest speaker, Rev. Andrew Moore, explores how the distinctions we sometimes make with our words can result in the exclusion of others. Discover insight into your own spiritual intemperance. Be encouraged by the knowledge that the darkness can never have the last word as the power of God’s love will always prevail. Then, liberated and empowered as an agent of God’s healing light and love, share this knowledge with others using your own words.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 6/23/19Scripture Reader: Bruce BearPreaching: Rev. Andrew MooreScripture Reference: Luke 8:26-39

30mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Gathering 66: Black Panther and the Rest of Us

T’Challa, the powerful warrior known as Black Panther and King of the Wakonda, had a moral dilemma. His nation had the resources and technology to make the world a better place. Should he keep their resources to themselves or share them with others? We too live in a world engaged in the tension between isolation and altruism. Jesus transformed lives by sharing his views with the world. As a church, do we also have a moral obligation to share our view of God with others? What if that view was a more open progressive understanding based on not only the Christian traditions of biblical scripture but also on the modern sciences, literature and technology? Listen to the fifth message of the MARVELous Living series with Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. and discover how to lead a more MARVELous life by sharing your tradition of faith with others. Learn how the act of sharing your passion for this valuable resource in Jesus can enrich society.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 2/17/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:13-16The video referenced during the sermon can be found here:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MY3GAFkvq5w

23mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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Gathering 68: Captain America - God and Country

America first. Throughout the 20th century, this phrase was coined often to advance political campaigns or to further a sense of nationalism in the face of war. Captain America embodies this ideal of America first, standing for the principles of freedom, justice, equality and opportunity for all. Modern realities ask us to live in the tension between the principles of nationalism and Christianity. Jesus too was tested often (see Matthew 22:21). Where do your principles align? Irrespective of political or denominational affiliation, we need to be careful in our allegiance and focus instead on the principles that supersede both political and religious affiliations. Listen now to the final message of the MARVELous Living series with Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. and discover two suggestions for living MARVELously by putting humanity first.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message to enrich society.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 3/3/19Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reader: Destinee McThenyScripture Reference: Matthew 22:21

22mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Gathering 83: Restoring Dads

Jesus was about restoration. In a first century society steeped in labeling and separating the outcasts, be it a leper or demoniac, Jesus’ mission was all about restoring freedom to all individuals in bondage. Flash forward to today. Not much has changed. With 92% of the incarcerated being fathers, this Father’s Day took on a whole new meaning for the 2.7 million children with a parent behind bars. Our criminal justice system today is less about restoration of the incarcerated then it is about containment. So, where does that leave us as a society? Could there be a better way to restore wholeness for us all? Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. as he explores Jesus’ response to the imprisoned and the outcasts. Discover three key ways we can respond as followers of Jesus that mirror that restoration. See the transformation to wholeness that can occur when we inform ourselves of the strengths and weaknesses of our criminal justice system and work to align it with what Jesus believed.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to spread this message.https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 6/16/19Scripture Reader: Nancy KlattPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Hebrews 13:1-3

31mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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Gathering 88: "Do You See This Woman?"

“Do You See This Woman?” Jesus poses this very question to Simon, a Pharisee, over a casual meal as found in our gospel reading from today, Luke 7:36-47. On the surface this question about the woman who washes Jesus’ feet with perfume is rather unassuming and inconspicuous, in line more with a survey of one’s visual acuity than anything particularly thoughtful. However, when you step back and examine it through a different lens, a lens of principle and conviction, it becomes a more poignant and pointed question. In our new summer worship series, “Just Askin’ – The Questions Jesus Asked Tell Us About Him and Ourselves,” we examine Jesus’ rather infrequent yet affecting questions. Join Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. as he unpacks Jesus’ question to Simon in light of today’s religious and secular worldviews. Discover how religion has played a bigger role than you might think in diminishing the importance of women throughout the centuries. See how the fallout of this marginalization has shaped society’s biases, and how you can tangibly respond with the light and compassion of Jesus to nullify inequality not just with women, but with every person dismissed and demoted because of those biases.If you like what you hear, please donate at this link to help us continue to share this message of wholeness to enrich society:https://www.beatitudeschurch.org/online-givingRecorded live at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, AZ on 7/21/19Scripture Reader: Bethany DennPreaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.Scripture Reference: Luke 7:36-47

28mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #20