Join Greg as he discusses why over 50,000 people a week leave brick and mortar churches – and in particular, why he does not describe himself as an “evangelical” Christian.
“Walking With Jesus” concerns being with him, following and accompanying him and being one with and in him. Our prayer, in the lyrics of that great gospel song, is “a closer walk with thee.”
Sadly, many people think that Christianity is just another role they play, so that they act like a Christian without actually being a Christ follower.
Jesus has not only experienced what it is like to be human, but in some way, beyond our comprehension, he is experiencing our suffering right now.
There is no doubt that the act of forgiving another is good for the one offering forgiveness – but is that the primary reason that Christ-followers forgive?
The more Jesus is at the center of our faith then the healthier our faith will be.
The most important spiritual need in our world today is for the image of God that so many have been given to be healed and transformed – so that we all might know who God really is, and who he is not.
God’s grace cuts through unending religious red tape that sucks the life out of those who would rest in Christ.
God’s love does not magically cause all our pain to dissolve in a puff of smoke, but its great mystery and strength the mystery of the greatest love of all is that in Christ he shares our heartache and pain with us, and give us rest and peace.
Ironically, religion at large is incredibly self-centered and self-absorbed, on an endless quest of trying to convince God to love and approve us, whereas Christ-centered faith is surrendering to God who already loves us.
Contrary to popular religious opinion, God’s grace is not all about digging in, refusing to compromise values and dogmatically letting others know when and where they are wrong.
Join us as we learn about the lessons embedded in a spiritual fable titled “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip.”
Many seem to be absolutely certain about specifics of God’s will and do not hesitate to dogmatically share their views with others.
We will discuss what the Bible says and what it doesn’t say about giving.
The church – the universal body of Christ – is far more about who we are than it is where we go and what building we attend and what ceremonies we perform and those we don’t.
It’s a time immemorial dilemma for religion – does the nation in which one is a citizen and the religion of which one is a member dictate who God is and how he is worshiped?
Many characterize their religious church or movement rowing away from the sinking ship of “the world” – they are “saved” and the ship of this world is going down, and anyone not on board their lifeboat deserves to be lost.
Greg was reminded at a memorial service about the love of God that Jesus lives in us, it’s a love that God gives us first before any and all other considerations.
The unvarnished, ugly and unadorned truth is that morality based on religion outraged and offended by God’s indiscriminate acceptance of anyone other than its rituals, rites, routines and regulation.
The gospel in a nutshell: Beyond our limited capacity to believe, or to even dare hope for – Jesus knows all of our regrets, and he loves us anyway!
Shame is a powerful and intimidating emotional reality employed widely, throughout our society, in an effort to keep people under control and religious organizations are no exception to this rule.
Join us as we consider what the Bible says and doesn’t say about Satan the devil as we search for a Christ-centered perspective, we will discuss two extreme views about the devil.
What does a mother really want, what is a mother’s greatest hope in return for all of her sacrifices, scars and stretch marks?
Two word pictures of our spiritual condition a woman who by her own work as a slave, purchases clothing that loudly proclaims her profession and a bride whose husband gives her a wedding dress she could never afford.
Join us as we consider yet another time when, just after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples, yet initially they had no idea who he was.