Crossed [3]: Gravity

If we are honest, we have to admit there is a basic strangeness to the cross. The pastor and writer Fleming Rutledge said that the cross is the most surprising and irreligious idea ever to make its way into the heart of faith. Before Jesus, no one could have ever projected their hopes and needs onto the death of a crucified man.

Is it possible though, that the cross is actually the only thing that makes sense in an otherwise muddled up world? Or, perhaps more properly, what we want to explore in this series is how the cross is the one thing that makes sense of everything else. Of course, by everything, what we really mean is...

Everything.

Crossed [2]: Intervention

If we are honest, we have to admit there is a basic strangeness to the cross. The pastor and writer Fleming Rutledge said that the cross is the most surprising and irreligious idea ever to make its way into the heart of faith. Before Jesus, no one could have ever projected their hopes and needs onto the death of a crucified man.

Is it possible though, that the cross is actually the only thing that makes sense in an otherwise muddled up world? Or, perhaps more properly, what we want to explore in this series is how the cross is the one thing that makes sense of everything else. Of course, by everything, what we really mean is...

Everything.

Crossed [1]: Scandal

If we are honest, we have to admit there is a basic strangeness to the cross. The pastor and writer Fleming Rutledge said that the cross is the most surprising and irreligious idea ever to make its way into the heart of faith. Before Jesus, no one could have ever projected their hopes and needs onto the death of a crucified man.

Is it possible though, that the cross is actually the only thing that makes sense in an otherwise muddled up world? Or, perhaps more properly, what we want to explore in this series is how the cross is the one thing that makes sense of everything else. Of course, by everything, what we really mean is...

Everything.

Ghosts Upon The Earth 2018 [3]: The God of The "Limp"

A new entry on the Westside menu last year, this series gave us pause to talk about the various ways we experience a troubled mind. The things that haunt our realities yet remain uncomfortable to talk about. This January we are focusing on the state of exhaustion that can come our way, the kinds of depletion that can easily become “burnout”. We want to talk in transparent ways, admitting our common struggle, finding hope, and support together.

Here is the difference we hope to make here: as we talk about the things that trouble our minds, we want to do so in the presence of God, by the counsel of Scripture, and in the power of real prayer. In this way we may discover what we see in the above text: that there is a restful peace to be encountered in God’s love.

Ghosts Upon The Earth 2018 [2]: The Stress of "Compare"

A new entry on the Westside menu last year, this series gave us pause to talk about the various ways we experience a troubled mind. The things that haunt our realities yet remain uncomfortable to talk about. This January we are focusing on the state of exhaustion that can come our way, the kinds of depletion that can easily become “burnout”. We want to talk in transparent ways, admitting our common struggle, finding hope, and support together.

Here is the difference we hope to make here: as we talk about the things that trouble our minds, we want to do so in the presence of God, by the counsel of Scripture, and in the power of real prayer. In this way we may discover what we see in the above text: that there is a restful peace to be encountered in God’s love.

Ghosts Upon The Earth 2018 [1]: The Overwhelm of "Should"

A new entry on the Westside menu last year, this series gave us pause to talk about the various ways we experience a troubled mind. The things that haunt our realities yet remain uncomfortable to talk about. This January we are focusing on the state of exhaustion that can come our way, the kinds of depletion that can easily become “burnout”. We want to talk in transparent ways, admitting our common struggle, finding hope, and support together.

Here is the difference we hope to make here: as we talk about the things that trouble our minds, we want to do so in the presence of God, by the counsel of Scripture, and in the power of real prayer. In this way we may discover what we see in the above text: that there is a restful peace to be encountered in God’s love.

Until Christmas [3]: The Magi - Bob Osborne

Before Jesus, life was relentless waiting and anticipating. What is God doing? How is the story going to work out? Will we be rescued? Year after year negative answers were o ered to all of these questions and more. Year after year...

Until Christmas.

And so, year after year, we keep telling this story. The story of how and when the world began to realize that God was doing something bigger than we ever could have imagined.

Until Christmas [2]: Simeon and Anna - Kevin Tran

Before Jesus, life was relentless waiting and anticipating. What is God doing? How is the story going to work out? Will we be rescued? Year after year negative answers were o ered to all of these questions and more. Year after year...

Until Christmas.

And so, year after year, we keep telling this story. The story of how and when the world began to realize that God was doing something bigger than we ever could have imagined.

Until Christmas [1]: Three Words of Jesus

Before Jesus, life was relentless waiting and anticipating. What is God doing? How is the story going to work out? Will we be rescued? Year after year negative answers were o ered to all of these questions and more. Year after year...

Until Christmas.

And so, year after year, we keep telling this story. The story of how and when the world began to realize that God was doing something bigger than we ever could have imagined.

[Christmas Repost] Commemorating 500 years of the Protestant Reformation - David Harvey

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.
  
This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.

Stargazer [1]: The Blessing - David Harvey

Why is Abraham called “the father of faith”?  It’s simple really — Abraham was the first to take the radical plunge into God’s promise of a future, and simply because God asked him to.  What he couldn’t see, he heard and believed.  Abraham considered God trustworthy.

When God called Abraham to move, to begin a journey into unknown territory, to a land yet unseen, something new was being initiated, something we now call faith.  Think of it: when God called Abraham to get up and go to the land he would later be shown, Abraham “went, not knowing where he was going”.  He acted in trust.

Maybe we can learn from this.

Series text: Romans 4:1-25; the full story of Abraham is found in Genesis 11:27-25:11.

So Help Me God [3]: Grace and the Church (Semper Reformanda) - David Harvey

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.

This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.

So Help Me God [2]: Law and Gospel (Sola Scriptura) - David Harvey

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.

This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.

So Help Me God [1]: Here I Stand - Bob Osborne

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.

This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.