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?"
Guest Speaker: Josh Payne
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.
Guest speaker: Matt Appling
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?”
Guest Speaker: Ken Howard