BIG IDEA: An introduction to the book of Psalms and a look at the first Psalm, which tells us that living and praying are intertwined. Trees are a beautiful and wondrous picture of what life lived in Christ should look like. SERIES: Summer of Psalms – In many ways, the Psalms are at the heart … More Summer of Psalms: Tree People
BIG IDEA: We live in a world on the move. We voluntarily relocate for jobs, education, and social mobility, and people constantly relocate involuntarily due to oppression, conflict, and natural disasters. Sociologists have pointed out that displacement and migrancy have become the dominant themes of our age. As the nomads of the modern world, we … More The Art of Neighboring: Hospitality
BIG IDEA: There are many obstacles and barriers which keep us from neighboring well. Fear and lack of time are constant challenges to our modern way of life. What would it look like to overcome these barriers and live a life in our neighborhoods which was filled with hope and margin to afford opportunities to … More The Art of Neighboring: Overcoming Barriers
BIG IDEA: Most people living in Seattle in 2017 have overdeveloped “suspicion muscles” because they have been thoroughly overstimulated by news outlets, advertisers, Hollywood, and the previous generation. We are “wary” of everyone’s motives. Our greatest fear is being duped, deceived, tricked, hoodwinked, hoaxed, swindled, double-crossed; conned, diddled, shafted, rooked, suckered, snookered or cat-fished. So … More The Art of Neighboring: Motives Matter
BIG IDEA: We live in a city of highly educated and astute thinkers, yet there still seem to be certain elusive ideas that even the best minds continually struggle to grasp. At “The Bear & the Butterfly Open Forum” we highlighted one such beautiful, yet elusive, idea and openly grappled with it from perspectives of … More The Bear & the Butterfly: An Open Forum on Suffering
BIG IDEA: Every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears that you put into a relationship here on this Earth is ALWAYS WORTH IT, PERIOD. There will be no regret in investing in people. Though not all people will be with us in Heaven, it does not make the time spent loving them, living life with … More The Who of Heaven
BIG IDEA: God has a plan for all things, and it includes Heaven so that he can be with us, but that can’t happen because of the corruption of creation. Therefore God must create a New Earth. So how will this final future become a reality and where will that happen? SERIES: Heaven: We all have … More Where & How is Heaven?
BIG IDEA: Heaven will come in three distinct WHENS: (1) LIFE NOW: full embodiment/physicality, but only the partial presence of the triune GOD through the presence of the Holy Spirit (so it is right to hope and cry out for more of Heaven to come); (2) LIFE AFTER DEATH: full presence of the triune GOD, … More When is Heaven?
BIG IDEA: So many people — maybe you are one of them — NEVER want to think about Heaven, probably because they’ve been taught the wrong answers to “WHAT” Heaven will be like. David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister of the UK, once said “When I was a boy, the thought of Heaven used to frighten … More What is Heaven?
BIG IDEA: Heaven had to be a part of God’s plan because he needed a new creation with the proper environment for Himself to dwell with His redeemed creation. The New Creation – “Heaven” – is not a place without choice, desire, or worship, BUT a place with the fullest and freest choice, desire, and worship. … More Why Heaven?