Brand:New: What Love Requires02/22/15
The arrival of Jesus signaled an end to the Temple Model and the beginning of a brand new approach to faith—an approach based in love. But how do we really love others?For more, watch this episode ofBrand:Newentitled 'What Love Requires.'
Religion is powerful—so powerful it can shape our consciences. Unfortunately, our consciences have been shaped by a version of Christianity that reflects a blend of the rules-focused temple model and the Jesus movement, which is demonstrated by love....
Jesus stepped into a world where religion was characterized by the temple model: sacred places that housed sacred texts that were interpreted by sacred men who used those texts to control superstitious people. Jesus initiated something entirely new, a...
Brand:New: Letting Go
Jesus’ arrival signaled an end to one way of relating to God and the beginning of something entirely new. Jesus instructed us to love one another as well as those who won’t love us back. Over time and across cultures, different churches have tried to...
Re:solution: This Wall Won't Build Itself
Most people begin the New Year asking, “What should I do about me?” In this series, we introduced a different question: “What breaks your heart?” If you want to become a better person, do something the make the world a better place. Maybe this series...
This is the season of self-improvement. We challenge ourselves to get slimmer, stronger, and smarter. But if you want to become a better person, focus less on yourself and more on doing something to make the world a better place. The challenge is that...
Re:solution: Something to Show for It
This is the time of year when we become painfully aware of where we are not, who we are not, and what we need to do differently. Traditionally, it’s a season of self-absorption. We wonder how to get slimmer, stronger, and smarter. We wonder how to get...
Re:solution: The Better Question
This is that time of year when we become painfully aware of where we are not, who we are not, and what we need to do differently. Traditionally, the new year is a season of self-absorption. It’s all about what we can do to make ourselves better...
Reconciling with someone who has wronged us or wronged someone we love is not intuitive or comfortable. But sometimes it's necessary . . . for our sakes because resentment takes a toll, and for their sakes because they want to reconnect. Christmas is...
Doing For Those Who Don't
Doing good for those who can’t do for themselves is fun and gratifying . . . especially when they’re grateful. But doing good for someone who would never do anything good for you is challenging. Doing good for someone who hurt you, reminds you of...
Killin' It: Remote Controlled
There is a sin that is so common to the human experience, it is the gateway to all other sins. It promises to make us bigger, better, and more important, but only makes us smaller and meaner. It strips us of our capacity to connect with others. It...
The Pain and the Promise of Obedience
We want to feel closer to God. We want our faith to grow. But when God calls us, it usually involves some sacrifice. He asks us to let go of our plans for our lives so we can take hold of his plans. What would happen if you decided that when God asks...
Have you noticed how people seem to get lit up about Christmas earlier and earlier every year? For some, the Christmas season can’t come early enough. For others, any mention of Christmas before Thanksgiving is a major annoyance. But for still others,...
Something for Everyone
We're all tempted to think that obeying rules will put us in right relationship with God—if we do what he wants, he will accept us. But we find ourselves having to ask God for forgiveness over and over again. That's because our heavenly Father's rules...
God wants us to do what he would do if he were us. We don't have to imagine what that might be. We can take our cues from Jesus. He used his power and position for the powerless and the positionless. We're called todo good for other people. Be...
Our church is a stewardship. It isn't about us. It's about all of the people around us who don't know Jesus . . . yet. God has given us the opportunity to create churches unchurched people love to attend. That's why we're about to do something...
Anything But Average: Do What You Know
No one aims to live an average life. When we were younger, we all aspired to live extraordinary lives. But somewhere along the way, we settle into an average job, average debt, average marriage, average family, and average dreams. If we were to really...
Anything But Average: Now and Later
One of the things that can keep us from living beyond average is the tension between now and later. We’re tempted to live for the moment, to satisfy our desires instantly. But when we pursue instant gratification, the problems in our lives increase....
Anything But Average: Exceeding Average
No one wants to be average. You don’t want to be an average spouse or parent. You don’t want to be an average boss or employee. You may not want to be extraordinary, but you probably want to stand apart from the crowd. You probably want to avoid the...
In the Meantime: Comfort Zone
When we’re in the midst of pain and suffering, it can feel like we’ll never be happy again, nothing good can come from our circumstances, and there’s no reason to continue living. But those are lies. God can redeem, use, and work through our pain. And...
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