Many of us find ourselves in a place where we feel disenfranchised from institutional religion. A lot of us are finding that “church” in the ways we’ve always known it just isn’t working anymore. And yet, we still find Jesus compelling. We find the Gospels to tell a story within which we still want to center ourselves.
Advent is a story. Not just a story that happened but one that still happens. It’s a story of the divine breaking into humanity. It’s a story of how things are and the possibilities of what things can become.
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll dive into the question of authentic faith and superstition, asking where we draw those lines and how we might transcend belief systems that can, at worst, become antithetical to the Way of the Christ.
As New Wineskins returns to Sundays this week, we’ll have a conversation about what it means to be a Christian in the world today, in America in particular, and in our own local contexts.
In this strange time of social distancing and protecting ourselves from an invisible enemy with very visible consequences, maybe this Easter can teach us something we've been missing.
Join us this Friday, April 10, at 6:00pm for our first-ever New Wineskins Good Friday observance, "A Death to Awaken: A Virtual Good Friday Liturgy for Spiritual Exiles."
What is Jesus getting at in his parables about the kingdom of heaven? Who was he talking to and why? What does he even mean by "the kingdom of heaven?"
But as with all parables, there is a deeper story behind the story. And this week, our own Kevin Malcomb will lead our discussion into the layers below the surface!
As usual, Jesus is painting on a larger canvas. His teachings are far more rarely about individual morality than they are about society and culture. The whole rather than the one.
What if resurrection is really not a miracle at all? What if resurrection was the most natural thing we could possibly believe in? What if it's the most natural thing we could experience?