Judas

Empathy for the Devil

10/8/17

Description:We tend to end up in echo chambers, surrounded by people who look and think a lot like us. The danger of this is that we don’t learn how to be challenged. The spiritual consequence is that we end up missing God – imagining God in our own image rather than learning to let God challenge us. Judas illustrates the reason we need to learn to be vulnerable, to open ourselves to strange friendships.

Herodias

Empathy for the Devil

9/22/17

Description:How do you resolve conflict? Chances are, however you approach a fight, you learned it from your family. Our families shape us for good and for ill. Herodias, the Evil Queen of Jesus’ day, illustrates for us the cost of generational sin. How can we overcome the sins we inherit from our families? And how can we leave a legacy of life for those who come after us?

Life Everlasting

Believe

9/3/17

Description:If we know the end of the story, we know how to live in the middle. We conclude our series on the Apostle's Creed by exploring how each of the statements in the Creed shape us. How do they help us live now as a people who will live with God forever? How can we begin now reverse engineering our lives to flourish as God intended?

The Holy Spirit

Believe

8/6/17

Description:In this week's sermon, we talk about change. How we change. But more importantly, how we help others change. Because the reality is, you and I can't change anyone (even ourselves). We are changed when the Holy Spirit changes us—when God transforms us from the inside out.

Final Judgment

Believe

7/30/17

Description:n this week's sermon, we're suggesting that God's return is somewhat like the king coming back in the story (illustrated in the intro). We want our good and wise God to come back, to put an end to injustice and evil. And we don't have to be surprised when our king return because God told us exactly what we should be doing as we wait.

Descended to the Dead

Believe

7/16/17

Description:In this week's sermon, we discuss that to be human is to be vulnerable. We see that vulnerability is part of how we image God in the world, and that we cannot have the authority God created us to have unless we choose to be vulnerable. Today is not about avoiding risk, but embracing risk and trusting that God is faithful to bring life when we are faithful to follow his calling on us.

Born of a Virgin, Suffered Under Pilate

Believe

7/2/17

Description:Today we explore what it means to be human, and we'll see that while to be human is to be limited, it is not to fail. We'll see that to be human is a sacred calling and that God wants us to live tall and proud to be human.

Creator of Heaven & Earth

Believe

6/18/17

Description:Today we spend some time in Genesis 1 as a basis for understanding that human beings, made in the image of God, matter. In the wake of artist Chris Cornell's suicide, it has become more and more difficult for our culture to believe that life has a purpose. Which is why we need to confess God as Creator. To say, "I believe in God the creator" is to announce that we believe life has meaning, that we have a purpose, and that every single one of us matters. Our confession pushes back the darkness in our lives and in our world.

I Believe

Believe

6/11/17

Description:In this week's sermon, we are saying that Belief Matters. But beliefs that don't transform us, change us to be more like Jesus (or better reflect God’s image) aren't good for us - the Bible actually calls them worthless. We'll see that beliefs only matter when they shape our behaviors. Belief only matters when it makes a difference in how we live. Belief only matters when you can see it.

Breathe In!

Strangers in a Strange Land

6/4/17

Description:Today we focus on our understanding of the Spirit's role in our lives. There are many metaphors for the Spirit throughout the Scriptures such as wind, water, smoke, etc. All things less tangible and more fully mysterious. The word means "Breath" from Pneuma, which is where we get Pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit) from. The Spirit is our life's breath and without it, we cannot function wholly.

Star Trek

Strangers in a Strange Land

5/28/17

Description:In this week's sermon, we focus on our human tendency to escape life's painful conversations. As the Church, we are not called to beam out, but to lean in. To stay. Because that's what God does for us. God doesn't beam up and leave us on our own. God is with us, working to bring life and flourishing. And by following God's path, we can learn to do the same.