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The parables of Jesus are stories that tell other stories – their depth is found in wrestling with them and exploring them. But when we do so, we discover that these are not simple stories but provocative tales that attempt disrupt us, disturb us, to distort how we see things – they are discourses that are designed to knock us off-track and into a kingdom life.
Our minds, much like our bodies, can be broken by the storms of life. We try to make sense of it, the voices surrounding us try the same, but often the anxiety, overwhelm, depression, or fear remain. What if there was hope in the tempest? Something not beyond but in the midst of the storm?
Advent is a season of preparation. But not preparation for Christmas. Rather it is preparation for the whole year ahead, it’s preparation for everything that might be ahead.
Moments come and go easily in our lives. In the Gospels the average time Jesus took in conversation with people was 42 seconds. An encounter with the life-changing presence that was Jesus...in less than a minute.
Baptism is a profound step in the journey of every Jesus follower. It is a public symbol of what Christ has done for us, and of our commitment to pursue Jesus wholeheartedly. In our teaching today, we engage with the significance of baptism, and what it represents of the much larger story of God’s redemption.
Everybody wants to be the hero but few understand the power of being a Heromaker.
Jesus did it, let’s follow.
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.