Triumph

March 28, 2018

As we continue in the season of Lent and celebrate Palm Sunday, Gideon Tsang reflects on celebrating what we don't yet understand about God and faith [John 12:12-19].

 

Reflection

What might it look like to offer your weakness to God and others in order to be healed?

How can you celebrate what you don't yet understand about God and faith?

 

Resources

Video: Making of Welcome Home (Spike Jonze)

Book: Divine Therapy & Addiction (Thomas Keating)

Poem: Every Riven Thing (Christian Wiman)

Poem: I Said to My Soul Be Loud (Christian Wiman)

MWG: Discussion Guide

 

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Being Made Alive

March 21, 2018

As we continue in the season of Lent, Weylin Lee invites us to consider different life-giving rhythms that can help us in our journey of being made alive [Ephesians 2:1-10].

Reflection
What liminal space do we need to enter in order to experience growth and transformation?
How can we grow in our own richness of mercy?

Resources
Podcast: This American Life - Gad Elmaleh
Podcast: NYT - The Vandal and the Mosque
Poem: The Winter of Listening (David Whyte)

MWG: Discussion Guide

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How to Apply Scripture

March 4, 2018

Gideon Tsang teaches through the texts that have traditionally been used to marginalize LGBTQ individuals and how they might still be applicable for us today. [Hebrews 4:12-13].

Reflection
What does it look like to receive from God rather than barter with God?
How can we use our power and privilege to include rather than exclude?

Resources
Vox’s LGBTQ Journey Description
Book: The Complete Stories (Flannery O’Connor)
Book: Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Homily Slides

MWG: Discussion Guide

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Too Deep for Words

February 18, 2018

As we begin the season of Lent, Jason Minnix reflects on navigating suffering and hope in meaningful ways [Romans 8:22-28].

Reflection
How can I make space to rest in God praying for me during this season of Lent?
What is my small part next to God’s small part in creating goodness from the shattered bits of life?

Resources
Video: Kids Playing Soccer
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Listening

February 11, 2018

Gena Minnix talks about what gets in the way of our listening and how we might practice listening to God together as a community [Mark 9:2-8].

Reflection
What small experiment around listening to God am I curious to try?
What might a community practice of listening to Love look like?

Resources
Video: NFL 2018 A Bad Lip Reading
Book: Sorry for Your Troubles (Padraig O Tuama)
Video: The Guy Who Finishes Your Sentences
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Some Things

February 4, 2018

Jason Minnix explores the practice of hospitality and accommodating others [1 Corinthians 9:16-23].

Reflection
Where is God inviting me to accommodate others more, or less?
Where am I being invited to relax my filtering of the good or tragic and experience the good news that’s been seeking me out?

Resources
Video: Phantom Thread
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Embracing Differences

January 28, 2018

Weylin Lee speaks about how we can foster a community that embraces differences in order to move toward the kind of community God invites us to be [1 Corinthians 8:1-13].

Reflection
Whose story do I need to hear more fully in order to move beyond knowledge so they can be more fully known?
Who do I need to practice empathy with this week?
How can I embrace differences as a path to experience growth and conversion?

Resources
Video: The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talk)
Podcast: The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship (Father Greg Boyle)
MWG: Discussion Guide

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In the Weeds

January 22, 2018

Gena Minnix reflects on the questions that we ask when we have moments and seasons where we are overwhelmed [Jonah 3:1-10].

Reflection
Is there an area of life where I feel ‘in the weeds’ right now?
If I were to pray a prayer ‘from the weeds’ what would it sound like?

Resources
Video: Japanese Slippery Stairs
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Knowing

January 14, 2018

Jason Minnix talks about the invitation to knowing and being known by God [Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17].

Reflection
Where do I sense meaning and connection this morning?
What gift am I being invited to receive today?

Resources
Film: Lucky
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Growing Into Love

January 7, 2018

As we start a new year, Gideon Tsang reflects on how God invites us to continue to grow in love [Acts 10].

Reflection
What does our irritation of certain people tell us about ourselves and our love?
How might we grow the no-matter-whatness and no-matter-whoness of our love?

Resources
Video: Brigsby Bear
Video: Accidental Courtesy
Book: The Way to Love (Anthony de Mello)

 

 

 

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Receiving Gifts

December 31, 2017

As we wrap up this year, Jason Minnix leads a time of reflection and meditation through the practice of Lectio Divina [Isaiah 61:10-62:3].

Reflection
Where do I sense meaning and connection this morning?
What gift am I being invited to receive today?

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Advent: Happy Gifts

December 17, 2017

As we continue in the season of Advent, Gena Minnix explores how the Christmas story might be a surprising and happy gift for us [Isaiah 61:1-3].

Reflection
What practices help me feel God’s spirit?
How does it feel to say, “Your will be done?”

Resources
Video – Puppy Surprise [Clip 1 | Clip 2]
Audio – The Little Apocalypse (Nadia Bolz-Weber)
Video – Undoing of Wrath (James Alison)
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Advent: Fading Flowers

December 10, 2017

As we continue in the season of Advent, Jason Minnix talks about preparing for the way that God can access us in the dry seasons of our lives [Isaiah 40:3-8].

Reflection
What are some of the dry spaces in my journey that I can acknowledge and name today?
What are the fading flowers for me today?

Resources
Video – Ellen and Chris Hemsworth’s Office Surprise
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Advent: Keep Awake

December 3, 2017

As we start the season of Advent, Weylin Lee talks about what Jesus is inviting us to wake up to and wake up from [Mark 13:30-37].

Reflection
How can we slow down in order to catch up to God?
What areas of our interior life need to be awakened?

Resources
Video – Godspeed Documentary
Book – Acedia & Me
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Practice Gratitude

November 29, 2017

Gideon Tsang reflects on how we would be changed people if we practiced gratitude collectively as a community [Psalm 100].

Reflection
What would it look like to create out of gratitude?
How can you be present with gratitude entering into this week?

Resources
Video – How to Practice Effectively
Video – TED Talk (Megan Phelps-Roper)
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Thoughts on Prayer

November 12, 2017

Kelly Cutbirth reflects on what our prayers about others have to teach us about ourselves and God [Psalm 70].

Reflection
What emotions or needs in my life might be trying to surface from my prayers about the other?
How can I have empathy for myself in my raw, angry moments?

Resources
Video – The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell
Book – Wonder
Book – A Wonder Story – The Julian Chapter

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Release

November 5, 2017

Jason Minnix talks about the ways we and others have placed spiritual burdens on people that constrict our natural movement to seek healing and growth in Christ [Matthew 23:1-12].

Reflection:
What burdens am I being invited to release today?
What forgiveness do I need to extend or receive today?

Resources:
Video: SNL – Church Lady
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Presence

October 22, 2017

Jason Minnix reflects on some of the ways God is present with us in this journey we are on [Exodus 33:12-23].

Reflection:
How can I open myself to participate in God’s presence now?
Where am I being invited to play?

Resources:
Video: Three Year Old Arguing
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Great Questions

October 15, 2017

Gideon Tsang explores how Jesus seems to value questions more than he does answers and why questions are essential to a healthy faith [Matthew 21:23-32].

Reflection:
How can you embrace your questions of Scripture and faith?
How can you celebrate a mistake, wrong answer, or failure as part of your spiritual practice?

Resources:
Podcast: Freakonomics: That’s a Great Question
Book: The Sin of Certainty
Article: Could Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit?
Article: The Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Keeping the Wound Clean

October 8, 2017

Gena Minnix talks about what a meaningful response to violence might look like and the invitation Jesus gives us through one of his stories [Matthew 21:33-46].

Reflection:
What are some helpful responses to human violence?
What violence needs to die inside me so something else can be reborn?

Resources:
Model: Drama Triangle
Podcast: Why Should we Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?
MWG: Discussion Guide

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