From the series "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. How do you fast if you’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food? Listen along as we discuss eating disorders, body image, and Jesus’ call to health and wholeness. We interview a woman who has overcome an eating disorder in her own life and hear how she interacts with fasting now.
From the series "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. In our hedonistic culture, most over-abused and under-used of all the practices of Jesus is fasting. So many people are confused over what fasting even is, much less the reasons we fast. In Part 1 of our series on fasting, we explore one of three reasons: to starve the flesh and feed the spirit. Fasting, it turns out, is about freedom.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." To apprentice under Jesus means to live free from judgement. Jesus knows that the Father will ultimately judge all things. Our posture as apprentices is to embrace others, as well as ourselves, with our true identity: loved children of God.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus teaches that whatever we set our hearts on we give power to. That thing will have influence in our lives, and even become our master. But in his great love for us, God invites us to set our hearts rightly, where we will be truly satisfied.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In a world of excess, luxury, and the showcasing of possessions, Jesus commands that his disciples choose a lifestyle of simplicity. How do those of us who are rich by a global standard emulate a teacher who was poor? In The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches what it means to reject our deeply held notions of treasure so that we may embody a better way.
From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We close out our series with a few thoughts on dreams. God’s people have always been dreamers. And dreams are often God’s catalyst to propel us into his vision for our identity and calling. But when those dreams finally come to pass, they are usually different, harder, and longer… but also better.
Every fall, as people are gearing up for the insanity of Christmas consumerism, we host a lecture around the fashion industry and it’s connection to injustice, environmental harm, and materialism. This year we host Maxine Bédat, the CEO of Zady, a new clothing company challenging the status quo. Maxine lays out the historical shift from citizen to consumer, and the problems it’s created, as well as solutions for a better kind of world. In a world where over a billion people work on the garment industry, and only 2% of them make a living wage, as the people of Jesus we want to tell an alternative story.
From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. It’s one thing to discover your identity and calling; it’s a whole other thing to actually grow and mature into the somebody who is like Jesus, and in doing so, your real, true self. In this teaching, we end a two-part teaching on the “how-to” of spiritual formation.