Mission & Culture

Loving Like Jesus

Loving Like Jesus

Our guest Bren White shares what it means to imitate Jesus in His love.

Engaging the World: Wheat, Mustard, and Leaven (Matthew 13:24-43)

Engaging the World: Wheat, Mustard, and Leaven (Matthew 13:24-43)

Jesus tells 7 parables about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 7. They are analogies using scenarios which take place in the here and now. We examine 3 in the middle of this chapter to see what they teach the followers of Jesus about our engagement with the world.

As God Sees (1 Samuel 10:21-24)

As God Sees (1 Samuel 10:21-24)

Studies have shown we are generally more likely to trust the people we find attractive or have a “presence” about them. Those who “look the part” are more likely to receive our listening ears, our votes, our willingness to hire them, and our delegation of important roles to them. 1 Samuel highlights how the Israelites, including the prophet Samuel, fall into the trap of relying on the data their eyes are receiving. But God has a strong message about the reliability of our eyes in making value judgments. We explore and apply.

Resident Aliens (1 Peter 2:9-17)

Resident Aliens (1 Peter 2:9-17)

The Christian model for relationship with civil government is actually based on the experience of exile of the Jewish people. So what does being “Resident Aliens” mean for our understanding of citizenship and political engagement? We ask some of those exiles and listen to the wisdom of 1 Peter 2.

Fallen is Babylon: When Sex Consumes Your Culture (Revelation 17:1-6)

Fallen is Babylon: When Sex Consumes Your Culture (Revelation 17:1-6)

We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.

Honoring Gray Hair (Leviticus 19:32)

Honoring Gray Hair (Leviticus 19:32)

Our culture now values youth over age, even to the point of sending us messages that we must conform to youth or be left behind. We consider a biblical perspective on age, on interactions between generations, and especially on treatment of older generations.

Creative God, Cultivating People (Genesis 4:16-24)

Creative God, Cultivating People (Genesis 4:16-24)

None of us have the ability to create as God does - bringing matter out of nothing. But all of us are creative in the sense of cultivating the materials God has placed here for us to use. So how are we cultivating? What is good cultivation? And what do we do with all the products of cultivation gone awry in the world around us?

A Spirit Has Not Flesh and Bones (Luke 24:36-53)

A Spirit Has Not Flesh and Bones (Luke 24:36-53)

The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.

Religious Syncretism: How It Happens (2 Kings 17:24-33)

Religious Syncretism: How It Happens (2 Kings 17:24-33)

Most of us have cooked a custom-made casserole of ingredients picked from various religions and systems of thought. The people of Samaria after an Assyrian resettlement program give us a great illustration of how this can happen with any of us. We also look at 5 examples of syncretized versions of Christianity we may hold today.

Responses to Questions: Part 1

Responses to Questions: Part 1

Responding to 3 of the questions which have been submitted, covering these topics:

1. Children's worship/church
2. How we should handle Christmas
3. Why some of the churches in Revelation appear elsewhere in Scripture but most do not