We live in a culture of authenticity in which the most important thing is to be true to yourself. But it’s important to ask the question: to which self am I being true? What if I’m being true to my false self? Is there a new, true self that I have yet to fully discover and enjoy? What does it looks like to live out of my true self with real belief rather than live out of my false self with fake belief? The New Testament letter 1 John is an appeal......
Many voices are vying for our attention every day. It’s easy to feel inundated and overwhelmed by the normal, regular, always-occurring messages that scream for attention from our phones, our friends, the television, and the world around us. We hear far more than we can really take in, and in the midst of this madness, it can be really difficult to discern what deserves our attention. During this season of Lent, we’re going to examine one beautiful idea: Listening to the Spirit is necessary for our spiritual survival and fullness of life. Our......
Do I have to check my brain at the door? Many people who affirm biblical authority assume that science is wrong. And many people who affirm scientific authority assume that the Bible is wrong. But what if we could affirm both the Bible and science as we seek to understand our world and what it means to be human? Is it possible to affirm the creation account in Genesis 1-3 while at the same time affirming insights from evolutionary, genetic, biological, and behavioral science? What do we do with apparent contradictions? The......
How is God both one and many? How is it possible to understand the rich — and sometimes confusing — nature of who God is in three forms? When we embrace the mystery, beauty, and challenge of living in a unified community of diverse person, we open ourselves to experiencing more of God. True community is a way of knowing, experiencing, and being drawn into the life of the triune God. Because the Trinity can be so difficult to understand, one of the best way to grasp God’s one-and-many identity is to......
December is a notoriously busy time of year when we seek to make room for holiday preparations, family gatherings, work parties, and more. Some parts of that feel life-giving, while other parts of that can feel life-diminishing, especially when we encounter brokenness and wrestle with busyness. What would it look like, in the midst of all this, to make room for the light of God? During a time when we are showing hospitality to friends and family, which often accentuates brokenness and accelerates busyness, how can we also show hospitality to the......
From beginning to end, the biblical story is about hospitality and welcome. The story begins with God creating the world as a place of welcome for his image-bearers, and after they reject that welcome, the rest of the story is about God welcoming his people back home. The high point of the story is when God comes in the person of Jesus to ensure welcome for everyone, no matter how hostile they’ve been toward God. In Christ, God proclaims a definitive “you’re welcome.” When you receive that radical welcome, you are then......
The word “hospitality” might evoke images of cozy dinner parties and benign small talk, but the biblical idea of hospitality is much more robust and comprehensive. In fact, Henri Nouwen claims that “if there is any concept worth restoring to its original depth and evocative potential, it is the concept of hospitality.” In the coming year, we’re going to do just that. This is our year of “reclaiming hospitality.” For the entire month of September, we’re taking a deep breath to talk together about what it means to truly be hospitable, and......
We live a culturally complex world, and navigating that complexity can be both frustrating and invigorating. Whether dealing with differences in family culture, organizational culture, socioethnic culture, generational culture, or national culture, living with wisdom in our globalized, connected world requires that we grow in our cultural intelligence. And like any area of life, sustainable growth involves moving through productive conflict. Movies are one practical way for us to encounter different cultures and wrestle with the complexity and conflict that emerges from that encounter. In four unique ways, Black Panther, The Big......
Join us in sharing nine meals that have the potential to transform us, our families, and our neighbors. Download the meal guide and take the challenge with us this summer. In describing the core of his mission, Jesus said “the Son of Man came eating and drinking” (Luke 7:34), because more than other regular activity, Jesus’ eating habits embodied his mission and enacted the kingdom of God. The meals Jesus shared with people, particularly as recorded in the Newer Testament book of Luke, were full of surprising inclusion, extravagant grace, daily dependence,......
All of us long for true belonging, and all of us have a dream of what that looks like. In reality, however, our search for belonging is often a whole lot messier, more uncomfortable, and more awkward than we imagined it would be. What do we do when our dream for belonging clashes with reality? In our effort to belong to a church, we are also searching for a meaningful story, authentic community, beautiful truth, faithful friends, compelling mission, and a place that feels like home. What happens when we experience a......