We begin to lay out the foundations for our year in Paul’s words about the gospel at the opening of Romans. Words we want to take seriously. Words like salvation, righteousness, and faith, are all important to our vocabulary so are worth our time and effort. As we explore we hope to find out how these words unpack and explain what Christ has done for us and move us towards a deeper understanding of what it is that he is trying to do with us.
As we reached the end of our 2016-2017 teaching year we decided to pause and look back over our teaching from the previous 12 months. In this podcast Bob Osborne and David Harvey discuss five of our key series from the year. Perhaps, as you listen to this teaching, you'll have a chance to think about the key moments of your year.
In celebrity culture, there’s a very loose connection between fame and honour. Fame doesn’t seem to need worth to justify it. As historian and social observer Daniel Boorstin put it, celebrities are simply “known for [their] well-knownness”.
In this series, we want to talk about the unsung heroes of faith. We take our cue from Hebrews 11, where most of the big names of Biblical history, like Abraham and Moses, get a lot of attention. But what strikes us is how the chapter concludes; as the spotlight is just about to fade, the writer mentions a few more obscure names and simply says, “the world was not worthy of them” (Heb. 11:38).
We want to redirect the spotlight towards some of the lesser known Biblical heroes. And maybe this will help all of us celebrate the unsung heroes in our own lives. You know the difference between a celebrity and a true hero, don’t you?
Who of us doesn’t love the movies? It’s an almost universal love affair.
For this month of summer, we want to consider how the movies we watch and love actually play in our imaginations. We want to be more thoughtful about our entertainments, more aware of the world-views we encounter, more in sync with how the movies shape us and our children.
As surely the most powerful art-form of our times, the movies deserve a place in our reflections. This will be fun, but also thoughtful.
This series is about the relationship between the apostle Paul and a rather unruly community who thought they had it all together. Paul’s letters to Corinth were often corrective, teaching us that truth-in-love, and love-with-truth, are essential keys to healthy community. The fact that a community like Corinth could draw so much help from a person like Paul speaks more of God’s goodness and kindness then their deserving. The Corinthians would have pushed Paul away if they could have; but they couldn’t, and weren’t they blessed because of it?
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. (Luke 24)
We think we know our stories. But do we? We tell of all that has happened to us, but we can leave out the one big critical piece.