Practicing the Way of Jesus, Together, in Portland

September 17, 2017

Vision Series 2017: We kick off our annual vision series with a teaching on the heartbeat of our church: the idea that the way of Jesus is just that, a way of life. And one that takes practice, and community.

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Fasting

September 10, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." For many of us, when it comes to fasting, our belief system can be distorted by subtle misconceptions. That in some way we get to control God by how we treat our body. Or, simply confusing it with the practice of abstinence. But just like prayer and giving to the poor, fasting can unlock a greater intimacy with the heart of God and welcome a deeper connection with the Father.

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Prayer

September 3, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask. Understanding the gravity of this truth can make or break our chance at a healthy motivation for prayer. In Matthew 6, Jesus calls us out of a religious routine and into a beautiful exchange of genuine love for God and others. 

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Non-Violence: Interview with Bruxy Cavey

September 2, 2017

In our final interview we talk with pastor and author Bruxy Cavey about anabaptism, Christians killing other Christians in the name of their “Christian” nation, the 16th century persecution of non-violent followers of Jesus, and a pastoral word to those wrestling with Jesus’ teachings on enemy love. Listen to all the interviews with various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, as we work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Greg Boyd

September 1, 2017

We talk with author and theologian Greg Boyd about Romans 12 and 13, the separation of church and state, and a Christians’ relationship to the government. Are there things that government should do that followers of Jesus should not? Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Gerry Breshears

August 31, 2017

In this interview we talk with author and professor Dr. Gerry Breshears about self defense, home invasion, Christians as police officers, and, naturally, pepper spray.. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

August 30, 2017

In our next interview, we talk with Sister Rosemary, a Catholic nun and the Head of Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Uganda, about the persecuted church and loving your enemy even in the aftermath of the Lord’s Resistance Army lead by Joseph Kony. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Tim Mackie

August 29, 2017

We talk with professor Dr. Tim Mackie about violence in the book of Revelation and the Old Testament, and how to read the Bible. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

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Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Preston Sprinkle

August 28, 2017

This week we will be interviewing various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5. In this first interview, we speak with author and professor Dr. Preston Sprinkle about church history, Just War Theory, and followers of Jesus in the military.

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The Tyranny of Living for the Approval of Others

August 27, 2017

From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." So many of us live under the suffocating weight of the approval (or disapproval) of other people. Draining our already-low energy reserves in an attempt to look good, rather than be good. Jesus tackles this head on, calling his apprentices to a life of self-forgetful service of the needy, simply for the reward of our Father’s pleasure.

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