June 18 Gathering: God as Father? (a Fathers Day conversation)


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Referring to God in masculine terms has drawn plenty of examination in recent years. And it’s certainly clear that the creator of humanity transcends gender.

But much debate exists as to whether it’s appropriate to refer to God–or at least the first person of the Trinity–as “Father.” We have to ask ourselves whether such identity is harmless, or if it may actually make God less accessible, especially for people for whom their families of origin have left less than favorable impressions of what a father is.

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll talk about why we identify God in masculine terms, what our alternatives might be, and why it may or may not matter.

Join us Sunday, June 18, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for what promises to be a fascinating Father’s Day conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

May 21 Gathering: The Bible Tells Me So?


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Everyone has one. A favorite verse from scripture. Whether it’s something to help us remember a loved one, an inspiration of some kind, or a rule of life, we carry our favorite Bible verses close to the heart.

Of course, plucking a single verse out of the library of stories, letters, poems, histories, genealogies, and apocolypses that make up the Christian Bible can be a dangerous game. Often–although unintentionally–we can take things out of context and lose their original meaning.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about some of our favorite verses, why they have particular importance for us, and look at the contexts from which they arise. The hope is that we’ll find even deeper and richer meanings as we dig deeper behind those treasured passages.

Join us Sunday, May 21, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company with your favorite verses and passages to discuss!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

May 7 Gathering: Open Forum!


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Sometimes you just need some space to ask questions and share ideas. So this Sunday at New Wineskins will be Open Forum Night!

What questions do you have about particular passages of scripture, spiritual practices, liturgical forms, church traditions, etc.? What recent insights would you like to share with the New Wineskins community?

We have a unique forum with a wide variety of theological and denominational perspectives available to enrich your understanding. This is a great opportunity to see various issues from different points of view!

Just remember–keep it classy and respect the views of others.

Join us this Sunday, May 7, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company with your questions and ideas to share!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

 

April 23 Gathering: What difference does Resurrection make?


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The resurrection of Jesus is a central point of Christian doctrine. It’s been said that without Easter, Christmas is just another prophet’s birthday.

But while it might seem like one of the more far-fetched claims Christianity makes, the idea of a resurrected leader was not all that unusual in the ancient world. Which leaves us asking, did it really happen? What if it didn’t? And, ultimately, what’s the difference?

So what do we really know about the Resurrection? What did it mean to the first followers of Jesus, and how does that impact our lives today? Does it matter whether it was an actual, historical event, or just a myth of the early church?

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll talk about the concept of resurrection, what we believe about it, and what we might be missing in the larger narrative of the cross and the empty tomb.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday, April 23, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for what promises to be an interesting and lively conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

April 9 Gathering: The Scandal of Holy Week


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As Christian congregations the world over enter into Holy Week–the days leading up to Easter Sunday–we reflect on Jesus’ last moments on earth and their meaning in our lives.

But how did the first Christians view the stories of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday? Were these just feel-good reflections, or did they have deeper cultural meanings with social and political ramifications?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll reflect on the Passion stories that guide our worship of the resurrected Jesus and look behind the scenes to see what deeper significance they might have for us in our present contexts.

Join the conversation this Sunday, April 9, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

March 26 Gathering: Stories of Forgiveness


“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” –Matt. 6:14-15 (ESV)

Forgiveness may be one of the most difficult concepts for us to understand.

Part of the reason may be that we get forgiveness tangled up with forgetting. We think forgiving someone who has wronged us means condoning their behavior or allowing them to continue to do us harm.

But what if forgiveness is actually a way of making us more free? What if it’s a key that unlocks something remarkable in us, that allows us to take relationships even deeper?

What if we began to see forgiveness as the ultimate expression of love?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about what forgiveness means for us in different contexts, why it’s so hard, and what real forgiveness really looks like. We’ll share stories of how forgiveness works in our lives, what it means, and how to walk that difficult road.

Join us this Sunday, March 26 in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company and bring your stories about forgiving and being forgiven into our conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm