"The secret of the great scientists was the gift of making themselves strange to the familiar. We must learn to take the present world, its assumptions and cliches, and stand back and say, 'is that truly so?'" - Lesslie Newbigin
Sunday Conversations: We encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings to participate in our conversation. We have developed a way of speaking over many years of practice that invites everyone to engage and be engaged. We hope you'll find it a refreshing alternative to the world of one-sided speech and debate that constantly surrounds us.
Reverb: This is our chance to respond to feedback, insights, and after thoughts surrounding our Sunday Conversations: to continue the conversation. Each conversation will have it's own dedicated response, and if there is not one there will always be an opportunity for those who join us on Sunday to reach out and voice their thoughts. Join us in the continued dialogue as we reverberate each other.
The early church was a fascinating phenomenon. It grew prolifically through its first 300 years from a small sect to the Roman Empire’s dominant religion. This growth in and of itself is captivating enough, but the really remarkable part of the story is that the early church - by all apparent evidence - wasn’t trying to grow. There were no marketing strategies, no programs, no organized effort at evangelism. Rather, the focus of “the People” was on the patient ferment of transforming behavior and instilling, through time, new habits and new virtues. We host this conversation to ask the question, “what might we be missing in the church story today?"
Join us as we look into the Bible’s graphic novel: the imaginative series of word-pictures we know as “Revelation”. Even though Revelation is often ignored by Christians everywhere because it’s considered confusing, associated with fear, etc., Revelation is actually a retelling of the Gospel story in an incredibly compelling way. It doesn’t say anything new…it says the same thing in a new way.
We often associate God with light, which is perfectly justified and healthy. Scripture does too! But in our light-saturated faith, we easily miss that God is also darkness. “I form the light and create darkness” (Isaiah 45:7). We risk the danger of becoming “luminous Christians”…Christians who only know how to function in the light, but suffer from a darkness disability - an inability to navigate the dark places in the world, in our faith, and in our lives. Join us as we take a “walk in the dark” this Lent season.
“Saints” is a word and concept not widely used in Protestantism. But we do a great disservice to ourselves by not knowing more about the great men and women who came before us and changed the world because of their impassioned faith. Many of these special people contributed greatly to what we today assume is “normal” Christianity. Throughout this teaching series, we will take a longer look at one “Saint” each week and form our conversation around some of their most essential ideas and revolutionary teachings.
Join us as we look at specific visions of Isaiah which the lectionary gives us for consideration this Advent season. Prophetic visions speak directly to our wants and longings. They also challenge the status quo and are sometimes threatening to the dominant culture. Sounds like Advent...
Many thoughtful teachers, philosophers, and leaders throughout history - including Jesus - challenge the Western assumption that people are primarily thinking beings. What these teachers suggest is that behavior, habits, and morality spring from a much deeper well than our brains. If we truly want to know who we are, it will prove most helpful to look towards our hearts instead of our heads. “What do you want?” is a much more revealing question than “What do you think?”