"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
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.
Before Jesus began his teaching on what his Kingdom is like, he made sure to identify who his Kingdom is for...and that revelation was (and is) shocking. Rather than for the spiritual insiders...the folks who alway seem to "get it". Rather than for the people who can seem so confident in their life understanding and who continuously feel close to God, Jesus says his Kingdom is for the Misfits...the rest of us. Using Jesus' priceless Beatitude language, we're defining some of our own Beatitudes, and carrying on the conversation of who the lucky misfits really are!
This Lent season, join us on the road to the cross. We’re calling this road “5 Mile Road” because we are stopping at five “mile markers” along the way. These are five essential truths that we must know experientially in order to join Jesus upon the cross. They’re not easy truths, but we believe they contain freedom and true life when actually embraced.
We live in a world of immediacy. In our culture “fast” is synonymous with “good”. The quicker we consume, purchase, or achieve the better. In this conversation, our church hits the pause button and asks if this assumed truth is actually healthy. Does the culture of “faster is better” truly help us experience life and beauty as God intends? Join us into a defining characteristic of Beggars Table: an invitation to practice “Slow Faith”.
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?"