Sep 15, 2019
Swiss Army Knife – Reconciliation
Matthew 5:21-26
 
(Reconciliation) will almost certainly involve climbing down from the high pedestal on which you have placed yourself, abandoning your position of superiority over the person you are angry with. But genuine humans don't live on pedestals; they have their feet on the ground, on a level with everybody else.
- NT Wright
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  • Sep 15, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Reconciliation
    Sep 15, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Reconciliation
    Matthew 5:21-26
     
    (Reconciliation) will almost certainly involve climbing down from the high pedestal on which you have placed yourself, abandoning your position of superiority over the person you are angry with. But genuine humans don't live on pedestals; they have their feet on the ground, on a level with everybody else.
    - NT Wright
  • Sep 8, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Bible Study
    Sep 8, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Bible Study
    Matthew 7:24-27
     
    What narrative are you building your life on? Is this narrative going to sustain you? Or, does it have weaknesses? Do these weaknesses function as blind spots? The answer is "Yes, we all live by some narrative, whether we realize it or not," and that narrative is not always our own.
     
    "...he thought his mind was his own. Never his own until he makes it Christ's; up till then, merely a result of heredity, environment, and the state of his digestion. I became my own only when I gave myself to Another." - C.S. Lewis
  • Sep 1, 2019Swiss army Knife – Fasting
    Sep 1, 2019
    Swiss army Knife – Fasting
    Matthew 6:16-18
     
    Fasting provides that "low hum" of discomfort in our bodies, convincing us to keep deliberately working on our faith. There is a benefit to struggle in secret rather than struggling before the eyes of others. We find that in secret our ego evaporates and we are lead to deeper contentment.
     
    "The only purpose of such practices (as fasting) is to make disciples more willing and more joyous in following the designated path and doing the works required of them." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Aug 25, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Prayer
    Aug 25, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Prayer
    Matthew 6:5-14
     
    Jesus gives is an alternative to the attention seeking public prayer of his time. Rather than pray to impress others he tells us to pray in secret where we can have our attention on God alone. Christs example to us, the Lord's Prayer, prompts us to pray with a template of Presence, Purity, Power, Provision, Pardon, Protection.
     
    "Prayer is one of life's great mysteries. Most people pray at least sometimes...At its lowest, prayer is shouting into a void on the off-chance there may be someone out there listening. At its highest, prayer merges into love, as the presence of God becomes so real that we pass beyond words and into a sense of His reality, generosity, delight and grace." - NT Wright
  • 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.