We are thrilled to welcome back our friend David Finnegan-Hosey for our next Virtual Gathering to talk about his new book, Grace is a Pre-Existing Condition.
What is it about the Psalms that make them so universal to our spiritual experience? Why were they so important to the early Jews and the first Christians? And what do they still have to say to us--and for us--today?
Is unity really even possible? Is there a way to break down the walls we've built between us?
How many of us will tell the real story of Christmas this year? Not the one with the pastoral imagery of white-washed Nativities, but the one about the unlikely delivery of a child to an unwed couple in a filthy stable in a backwater town in a two-bit corner of the Roman empire?
This Sunday at New Wineskins, North Place's Wendy Williams will join us to introduce us to the facility's mission and vision and share how unconditional love is breaking through to transform the lives of new mothers and their children.
Have we lost some of the significance of the ancient and holy rite of the Eucharist? Has it become little more than another ritual for us to march through occasionally, more out of obligation than for transformation?
Could Jesus be revealing something of his broader agenda in this relatively small gathering?
Why does Luke's version of this prayer differ from Matthew's, where it appears in the midst of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount? Is it the same prayer taught in a different context? Or is Luke's agenda different? Why does it matter? And what's all this about snakes and scorpions?
While this is certainly a familiar story--both within the church as well as within the culture--it bears some examination. At the heart of the story is the question of what it means to love our neighbors. But there are also questions about how to apply the original cultural/historical context to our present time, what truly loving our neighbor really looks like in a practical way, and how we move beyond theoretical love to active love.
How do we know the Spirit is with us? How can we be sure that the Spirit is acting? Is it just a feeling, like a gut instinct that something other than ourselves is in control? Or is it something else altogether?