November 2014

Spiritual Soil

Imagine you’re traveling in the year 2034 and we run into each other at an airport or conference or reunion. We would celebrate seeing each other after 20 years and catch up about where we live, our families, our work, and a lot more. Then we would ask about our faith. What will we say? […]

The Flip-Flop of Forgiveness

How do we think about or, more importantly, experience forgiveness in our lives and community? In this incredible story, Luke paints a picture of forgiveness that subverts countless social norms and reveals a love of God that is both universal and unfailing. Through the actions of a known sinner and social outcast, the question of […]

The Upside Down Kingdom

Jesus comes down a mountain, for the first time with his twelve apostles gathered together, to a huge crowd with expectations of the Messiah, but surprises everyone with by teaching what we call The Beatitudes. The kingdoms and cultures of the world so often value power, success, appearance, accolades, comfort, etc. But Jesus defines the […]

October 2014

The Authority of Jesus

Luke continues unfolding the identity of Jesus with a story revealing the authority of Jesus over physical creation (by healing a paralyzed man) and spiritual realm (by forgiving sins). Do we really believe Jesus has authority over everything? This can be difficult in the midst of global chaos, human tragedies, and controlling power of sin. […]

The Community of Jesus

We were created for community. We need each other. We’re better together. When we are alone we are more vulnerable, but in community we can really know each other, care for each other, learn together, hold each other accountable, and equip each other to live our faith. Jesus chose to live in community. We’ll explore […]

The Mission of Jesus

What is the mission/vision of our lives?  Jesus gives us a beautiful picture and vision of the Kingdom of Heaven in this passage.  We are invited to enter into the “mission of Jesus” as we live our lives as “bringers of the Kingdom”.

The Temptation of Jesus

Just when we commit to honor God temptations seem to arise! We decide to begin tithing and growing more generous, when suddenly our car breaks down with a big mechanic bill. We devote ourselves to academic integrity, when a friend devises the perfect scheme to cheat on an exam. We commit to breaking a substance […]

September 2014

Preparing the Way

Imagine arriving in eternity and looking back at our lives from God’s perspective. We’ll see so many ways God was working in our lives to bring us to Christ, guide us in decisions, convict us of sins, bring people into our lives, open opportunities to serve, prepare us for the next chapter of life, and […]

The Dedication of Jesus

Luke continues masterfully unfolding the identity of Jesus by introducing two witnesses, Simeon and Anna, who testify that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, fulfilling the Jewish Law requiring testimony of two witnesses. Sometimes waiting for God to act in the midst of painful circumstances, unanswered prayers, or unfulfilled expectations is so hard. Simeon and Anna […]

The Birth of Jesus

Based on his extensive research, and guided by God’s Spirit, Luke continues unfolding the identity of Jesus, by describing how God orchestrated the birth of Jesus. We’ll explore how the arrival of Jesus was both miraculous and mundane. God worked miraculously by fulfilling Old Testament prophecies that Messiah would be born of a virgin in […]