How can we learn to "listen" for God? How can we trust what we perceive? And how do we act faithfully on what we believe God is prompting us to do?
If we take a step back and look at the fantasy stories that make up our era, we see a mosaic of the Gospel.
But what if the people who first compiled these stories into the scriptural canon were less concerned with historical fact than with relating more nuanced levels of meaning? What if stories like the Exodus, Jonah, and Ruth are really more legend than memoir?
Often, it seems our faith is motivated more by fear than by love. Fear of death, fear of the other, fear of the unknown. Fear of punishment. Fear of hell.
This week at New Wineskins we'll talk about the issue of God and gender, discuss how patriarchy affects our perceptions of God, and consider the history and importance of the Divine Feminine.
Beyond cheap platitudes and religious-speak, is there really a way peace on earth could actually be realized?
What does the apostle Paul mean in Romans 12 when he writes about renewing our minds?
If our false self is an "old wineskin," what does it look like to embrace our true self...to be a vessel for "new wine" where growth and change can happen without restriction?
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 … Continue reading June 18 Gathering: God as Father? (a Fathers Day conversation)
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?