Join us in our conversations around “Why Lent Matters”. Why does the church traditionally mark off a significant amount of time to focus on loss? Why is it important to linger with the dying Jesus and not skip to Easter? These are great questions and we look forward to exploring some answers together.
We live our lives according to certain rhythms…beats and syncopations that help us consciously - or subconsciously - order our lives. Our culture provides a beat that calls out for all “healthy” people to sync-up with. God’s Kingdom provides its own, distinctive beat, and its rhythm is often not the same rhythm as the dominant culture. Join us as we converse around syncing our lives up with four dynamic and crucial beats we inherit from God’s culture.
Conversations about money are often avoided in the church. We don’t want people to feel uncomfortable. But…what if the church is the exact place where we ought to feel uncomfortable (at least, sometimes)? Money is one of the most important things about us…Jesus talks about it so much because it competes for our hearts - the center of our affections and drives. This conversation provides our community with a space to discuss what it looks like to care about finances while allowing Jesus to be our Master and Lord.
Romans is a wonderful doxological letter meant to inspire great joy and even excitement at the grand, gracious, and cosmic size of the work of God in Christ. In many modern evangelical circles, however, this letter is largely misunderstood and reduced to a handful of verses which lay down a “law” of sorts about how to get to heaven. Join us as we take a closer look at Paul’s intention in writing what we today call “Romans". Together we deconstruct the narrow “Romans Road” in order to open up the amazingly unifying message of this inspiring letter from a frustrated pastor to a congregation divided.
No subject was on the lips of Jesus more than the Kingdom of God. This kingdom is central to our understanding of Jesus’ Gospel message. But where is God’s Kingdom? If it’s true that God’s Kingdom is here now and in our midst, how do recognize it? Join us as we host a conversation around searching…and seeing and experiencing God’s Kingdom on earth.
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”.
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?”
A candid conversation about five virtues that are absolutely crucial to the formation of the church, yet so completely unsexy that they are often ignored, if not completely dismissed, by not only the wider culture, but the church itself.
Contrary to what we’re often told, what if God’s purpose for us is not happiness…or even fulfillment? What if there’s a better and healthier intent for humanity, but an intent that can’t be reached unless the relentless pursuit for personal fulfillment is abandoned? Join us as we discuss God’s ultimate vanishing act.
Although we may believe, most of us labor to imagine and experience God in the everydayness of our lives. How do we move from being “unbelieving believers” – people who struggle to live in the reality of God’s felt presence - to people who live awake and present to the God who is always present to us?