Our Teaching for 2017-2018
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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...
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.
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 offered to all of these questions and more. Year after year...
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.
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-centred. 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.
Last year we signaled our intent to begin talking about some of the vital and defining issues for our time. But in order to do this well, we keep insisting that we first learn how to talk to each other. Our dialogue must not break with our first and primary task: to be the one people of God.
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?