Aug 18, 2019
Swiss Army Knife – Giving
Matthew 6:1-4
 
From the beginning, Christian give, not just to "keep the band together," but because giving was a part of who they were. Giving re-frames one's entire worldview about life that God hasn't formed a stingy world but one where you can give a significant portion away and never go without. If we give or choose not to...it reveals our God.
 
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  • Aug 18, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Giving
    Aug 18, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Giving
    Matthew 6:1-4
     
    From the beginning, Christian give, not just to "keep the band together," but because giving was a part of who they were. Giving re-frames one's entire worldview about life that God hasn't formed a stingy world but one where you can give a significant portion away and never go without. If we give or choose not to...it reveals our God.
     
    View the video shown in this sermon: http://youtu.be/INif7NPg22M
  • Aug 11, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Being with Children
    Aug 11, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Being with Children
    Matthew 18:1-14
     
    When the disciples needed a lesson, Jesus used kids as an object lesson. Jesus tell us that children are the best image for who we should become. Children help us to unlearn corrosive things and seek out purity, kindness, wonder, and creativity.
     
    "In a day when children were viewed as inferior and patriarchs ruled with an iron fist, Paul, contrary to the prevailing culture, calls parent and child into a space of mutuality in the Lord." - David Fitch
  • Aug 4, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Miyagi, Manning and Mimetics
    Aug 4, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Miyagi, Manning and Mimetics
    Ephesians 2:8-10, Matthew 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 4:8-9
     
    Grace is not opposed to effort. We are saved by grace but we are also called to action.
    - Practices highlight an important aspect of faith. That is, we learn in motion not just in learning environments. - Practices address a gap between our "Christian knowledge" and our actual "Christian action." - Practices develop our community. We "mimic" the faith of one another.
     
    Would you follow you if you had a chance?
  • Jul 30, 2019Reluctant to Repent
    Jul 30, 2019
    Reluctant to Repent
    Jonah 4
     
    Jonah was angry that God relented, it seemed "very wrong" to him. Jonah the "son of truth" could not fit this response into his ideology. Perhaps this is the reason he ran and was reluctant. He expected God to be tough on the proud, like Obadiah reveals one step back in the biblical narrative. God "relented" and decided to be compassionate.
     
    God interacts with Jonah, seeking to reason with him. The book ends with a question to Jonah and we wonder what Jonah will do. Goldingay says that the writer ends the book without Jonah's answer because we are intended to answer it for ourselves. Jonah is polemical book, seeking to lead us to transformation and change.