Our natural tendency is to “other”, but this othering is not without cost, both to ourselves and to our world. Jesus wants us to move toward oneness, including with others. by Scott Shackleton
This morning our guest speaker, Jennifer Murray speaks about one of our four core categories of spiritual practice — the contemplative. Jesus said “Follow me.” We may not always realize that we need something to help us along the spiritual terrain of life. Being in such need can be a startling spiritual awakening moment. We […]
Of all the religious-jargon sounding parts of our tradition, the term “The Holy Spirit” is right up near the top of the list. We know it’s religious (the words “holy” and “spirit” are right in it). But what does it mean? “Spirit,” by the very nature of the word is ephemeral at best. Is there […]
By Dr. Timothy Brock I want to talk about some alternative ways of “doing church”. We need a more healthy focus on relationships and how they grow us, support us and encourage us to be the person God wants us to be. Have a listen.
In this current series of lessons, we’ve been observing how the Christian Church is in a time of upheaval and reformation we haven’t seen for 500 years. If you’re part of NRCC, you see how that is happening here, but today, I invited Tripp Fuller from Homebrewed Christianity (also George’s son) to come speak to […]
by George Fuller Our lives have cycles that happen over and over again. There are unique things that we wish was true about our lives or that we wish we could change. We all have our different dreams. We need to appreciate how beautiful it is to go through different periods of our lives that […]
by Tim Conder (guest speaker from Emmaus Way, Durham, http://emmausway.net/) How does our language and our culture impact what we think it means to follow God? In churches and faith communities, we tend to privilege “our beliefs” as part of the community identity and use them to include or exclude members of the community. But […]
by Chris Marlow, the ceo and founder of the non-profit Help One Now (click to read up on them). Help One Now operates in Africa, Haiti and other parts of the world serving the most oppressed there (orphans and vulnerable children). This is not a cause but a community. We are long-term partners with friends and […]
by Robin Camu John 15:4-5 (NASB): “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears […]
Augustine is one of the main authors of our current doctrine of original sin. Sin is when a free person makes a bad decision that he/she shouldn't have made. Often we don't think enough about our decisions. We will worry about little sins but we don't address the sickness indemic to human beings "stuck in sin". Genesis 2 tells us about the creation of humans. We are composed of dust and the sweet smelling breath of God. But then sin came in to the picture and it brought in a "contagion" that in many ways makes us like we are
George Fuller is a friend of mine. He’s been a minister here in town for almost 20 years. He finds himself with free time these days, and is getting involved in our community, so I asked him to speak this week. I do these posts the day before they’re recorded, so I don’t know what […]
Our personal stories influence how we interpret scripture. We need to get rid of our first (false) identity, good or bad. In fact, our "good identity" may be more detrimental because it takes us longer to get to the end of ourselves (our flesh). When these identities die (at the cross), we must draw strength from our "transformed identify" as one who is loved by God.
Prison letters from our spiritual forefathers are often their most poignant writings. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul clearly states that Jesus and not Caesar is the true leader of Christians and we should thus follow His leadership and example. The meaning of Phil 3:17-21 has been traditionally interpreted as a dualism: either as a "judgmental separation" where Christians (the spiritually-minded "us") are differentiated from the worldly-minded "them" or as a "worldly escapism" where Christians feel not at home in the irreparably rotten world but constantly anticipate eternal life in heaven. However, I don't feel that either
I prepare these posts the day before, so I can’t write a synopsis of what Dan will be saying tomorrow. But I suspect it will be worth listening to. Dan is my friend, and more than about anybody I know, he cares about the people of our city. My hope is that we get to […]