Part 5: How to Become the Happiest Person Alive

July 15, 2018

From the series, "Eating and Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way.  Jesus was the happiest person alive, and he prayed that his apprentices would have “the full measure of my joy within them.” Joy is more than just an emotion; it is an overall condition of the heart. But how do we become joyful people? Through the spiritual discipline of celebration. And the best way to do that is to eat together as a family…

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Part 4: Church Around a Table

July 8, 2018

From the series, "Eating and Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. Long before followers of Jesus ever built cathedrals, they met in homes, around a table, eating and drinking as brothers and sisters. As family. This is a very simple idea that tragically, we’ve lost over the millennia, at great cost to the church. What if we were to recapture the shared meal as the center of gravity in our church?

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Postures for Our Time and Place

July 2, 2018

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In a post-Christian world, followers of Jesus are not the majority. If we are to reach a world like ours, what posture are we to take? In our time and place, Jesus invites us to follow him and become like him. The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.

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Make Room for the New Thing

June 24, 2018

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus is proclaiming a gospel where the foundation is on the glory of what God has done, not the righteous effort of man. A religious spirit has no place in his kingdom, he is doing a new thing, offering a new wine. will we value the wine over the wineskin and drink of his new covenant?

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Following Jesus and Eating With Sinners

June 17, 2018

From the series "Gospel of Matthew." In this teaching we learn Matthew's origin story and meet the Pharisees at a lively dinner party.

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Part 3: Food: Justice and Injustice

June 10, 2018

From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. One dimension of the ancient art of hospitality is using food to do justice. Though Jesus’s ambition was to use the dinner table as a tool to do good, he was well aware that it was also being used to do injustice. The same is true today: Everything you eat has a story. How can we, as disciples of Jesus, break our food’s relationship with injustice in order to do good, eating and drinking?

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Part 2: Neighboring

June 3, 2018

From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. Jesus said we are to “love your neighbor as yourself.” What if he meant our actual neighbors? What if we were to reimagine our homes not as a castle to hide in, but as an outpost for the kingdom of God? And our tables as a tangible expression of love? Our meals as the setting where strangers become neighbors and neighbors become brothers and sisters?

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Part 1: Radically Ordinary Hospitality

May 27, 2018

From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing The Way. Jesus “came eating and drinking.” If he had a “method of evangelism,” that was it: eat a meal with people far from God.  And all through the New Testament, apprentices of Jesus are commanded to follow his example through the practice of hospitality. Something as radically ordinary and setting a table can create space for people far from God to experience the Father’s warm welcome into his family.

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Dreams: God’s Night Parables

May 20, 2018

Does God still use dreams to speak to us? As strange and bizarre as they seem at times? The bible is full of examples where God has used dreams to speak to his people. Guest speaker Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard uses these stories to lay out a biblical theology of dreams as well as an intro to interpretation.

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Storms, Pigs, and the Authority of Jesus

May 13, 2018

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In this teaching, we cover three stories that point to Jesus's authority, given by the Father and a glimpse of what it means to truly make him Lord of our lives.

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