We are excited to introduce This Cultural Moment, a new podcast about following Jesus in the post-christian world. In the very first episode, This Cultural Moment explores the secular, progressive, post-christian world in which we live and asks how followers of Jesus are meant to engage. This Cultural Moment is a collaboration of John Mark Comer of Bridgetown Church in Portland, USA and Mark Sayers of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. Be sure to subscribe and listen along each week as the discussion continues. thisculturalmoment.com
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." The foundation of prayer is relationship with God. Do we believe that God is actually good and will respond to our requests? The journey of asking is dynamic, laced with beauty and sometimes disappointment, but always revealing God’s goodness towards us.
From the series, "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. Fasting isn’t just about us; it’s about standing in solidarity with the poor, who regularly go without food. Fasting trains our hearts in compassion, and opens up money and time to serve those in need. Regular fasting tied to generosity is a small, but surprisingly effective way to see justice come to our city.
From the series "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. Do you ever feel stuck in prayer? Like there’s a wall between you and heaven you just can’t break through? You’re not alone. The practice of fasting is an aid and amplifier to prayer. A way of expressing whole-person hunger to God. In this teaching we explore the situations in which an apprentice of Jesus might couple fasting with prayer.
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.