Maybe learning to living within tension rather than trying to resolve it is a path to enlightenment.
Spiritual dry spells may be hard to explain, but they are very real. And whether they bring sadness, frustration, or disheartening, we all have our own ways of coping.
We love it when our New Wineskins friends do awesome things in the world. Tomeka Robinson, who was part of our charter group when we started meeting back in May 2014, certainly fills the bill. Now coaching debate at Hofstra University in New York, Tomeka spearheaded a forum back in September on Islamaphobia, seeking to raise the … Continue reading Nov. 27 Gathering: Google Hangout with Tomeka Robinson
What might it look like for us to seek the best for our political opponents? How can we imagine prospering under leadership we so deeply disrespect?
As our prayers go out to the cities where these attacks occurred and the friends and families of the victims, some serious questions arise for those of us who seek to follow Jesus.
When God seems distant, is there anything we can do to draw nearer? Or can we learn to thrive in the midst of the struggle?
From career decisions to choices about families, dating, church selection and more, we're constantly seeking to figure out just what it is God wants us to do.
As Americans, we enjoy the idea that we have broad guarantees to wide-ranging personal freedoms. In fact, there's little we can imagine doing that we can't do. Our individual rights are deeply ingrained in our psyches and our culture. But is it possible that our very freedoms are actually enslaving us? Is a social ethic … Continue reading Feb. 8 Gathering: Enslaved by Freedom?
"Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" 1 Corinthians 6:14 In our pluralistic culture, more religious and non-religious traditions exist within the same space than perhaps any time in modern history. Interestingly, even as many Christian communities bemoan this diversity of belief systems and worldviews, … Continue reading Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?
Do our perceptions of gender trap us in rigid boxes, or do they empower us to be more fully human? This week (July 20), we'll discuss biblical concepts of gender, misconceptions, and more empowering ways of viewing our unique contributions to the human project. We'll look at some of the passages that have been traditionally … Continue reading July 20 Gathering: Gender Roles–Enslaved or Empowered?