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As we launch into a brand new year, we want to talk about some big changes coming up at Westside. We believe that our call is to do everything we can to make straight paths for people to to be surprised by the grace of Jesus right here at Westside. Take a listen to hear about how we're making big changes to continue to grow as a community grace, generosity, and radical welcome.
This journal year our teaching has been guided by Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Hopefully it’s been illuminating, provocative, forming, and encouraging. But why was Paul writing to them in the first place? Why did he care? Who was he? How did he end up being a follower of Jesus?
Peace is often thought of as something passive, something that happens around us rather than something we do. Jesus, however, saw peace as something that needed to be made, to be formed, and would require the utmost creativity.
This title’s not a typo but an observation that any real church of Jesus is inevitably made up of people who are different from each other, and in any number of ways. Still, though we are different, together we make up the one body of Christ.
It has been said that the cleverest trick our minds play on us is not giving us blind spots, but convincing us that we don’t have any. Our world of difficult discourse and toxic debate shows that us humans are often really bad at seeing things from someone else’s point of view. And we’re terrible at imagining that we might be wrong. As Noam Chomsky points out, the modern approach to disagreement is often to shriek, rant, and slander.
The Holy Spirit is always there in the Bible. Always. But often just ‘off stage’, creatively working in, through, and with the characters in view. The way of Jesus will always require more creativity than we have alone, so this series, coinciding as it does with Pentecost Sunday, is an invitation for us to turn to the Bible and know the Holy Spirit a little bit better.
Most of us assume that if we change our thinking, we’ll change our behaviour. Most of us, like Paul in Romans 7, are aware that this isn’t really working well for us. So what if the way to beat the bad habits isn’t good thinking, but good habits?
This is a series about that.
Imagine you’re one of Jesus’ disciples. You thought you knew what was happening. But then an arrest...a trial... a crucifixion...what now? Nothing much makes sense when your dreams apparently die on a cross.
"A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Community is more art than science, but when we get it right there is nothing like it. In this series we talk about our vision for what it means for us to be a community in Christ, to share the joy of belonging to God and each other, but also to share in the burden and responsibility of caring for the precious gift we have been given.
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...