From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." When Jesus recounts the Laws from the Torah, he doesn't simply address the behavior, he gets to the heart of sin. His insight to the human condition and our need for God is monumental. Our weakness in lust creates a wake of objectification and oppression in the lives of others. Jesus is calling us to take drastic measures to eradicate the poison of lust from our lives.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." We live in a culture that says anger is good, that we should use it as the fuel for fighting injustice; anger can motivate us to finally get past our indifference. But the way of Jesus, as always, is different. Jesus reveals the vicious cycle of anger we all get sucked into, and more importantly, how to break it and live into his vision of the kingdom.
From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." What exactly does Jesus think about the Bible? In a time where the Bible is under assault, from both the right and the left, is there an option C? A new, creative way forward based on Jesus’ teachings on the Bible?
From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. We tie off our series on prayer with Paul’s command to “pray constantly.” What exactly does he mean? Go join a monastery? Or is he inviting us to a life of “the practice of the presence of God”? John Mark Comer teaches out of his own life journey: to slow down, open up to the flow of the Spirit, and arrange each day around abiding.
In this teaching, Alex Rettmann leads our Church through the theology of prayer as outlined by the life and teaching of Jesus. This is a great resource for bringing the Kingdom to your community or church by understanding different types of prayer as well as practical steps for engaging the Spirit of God.
From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. When Paul says that we have "the mind of Christ" he's getting at something profound: We can actually know the thoughts of God. Through the practice of listening prayer we can begin to distinguish God's voice and heart from everything else that can occupy our minds.
From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Our brains are highly complex, wired for intense imagery and emotional connectedness. So why, during prayer, do we work so hard to clear our minds simply to recite a few predetermined lines in God’s direction? Could God use our imaginations for greater intimacy with him? The practice of Imaginative prayer may help you unlock untapped potential in your relationship with the Father.
From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Our view of prayer can be inherently narrow: kneeling by the bed at the end of the day or by giving thanks before a meal. It’s not less than those things but it can be so much more. This teaching explores the concept of prayer by worship. Augustine says, “The man who sings prays twice.” There is something powerful that happens in an act of worship by singing and at it’s core, we discover prayer.
From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Unanswered prayer is the source of doubt and despair for millions of people. And for good reason, it’s confusing. Why is it that some prayers go unanswered? And how do we live with that?
From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Often when we think about “prayer,” what comes to mind is asking God for stuff. Prayer is so much more than that; but it’s not less! In this teaching, we look at Jesus’ commands to “ask,” and wrap our head around why Jesus thinks this kind of prayer is so important.