https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAhDGYlpqY A generation ago, only a very few people might have suggested that there might be a difference between being a follower of the Christian religion and being a follower of Jesus himself. But today, it's one of the central questions of our faith, and perhaps one of the most divisive. It's been two years since spoken … Continue reading January 11 Gathering: Religion vs. Jesus
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God loves you, and there's nothing you can do about it. The "Love Feast," or Agape Feast, is a practice that traces all the way back to the early church when believers would gather around a common table for a meal, fellowship, and conversation before hearing God's word proclaimed and celebrating the Eucharist. A millennium … Continue reading December 14 Gathering: Christmas Love Feast
Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about sex? (Or maybe doesn’t say about sex?) Join Chett Pritchett, executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, as he helps us explore assumptions about sex and sexuality found in Scripture (or not found in Scripture) and provides a different way of exploring bible … Continue reading Nov 23 Gathering — Sex and the Bible: Guest Speaker Chett Pritchett
"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?
One of the enduring challenges of Christianity over the past two millennia has been how to interpret and reconcile the various writings that make up the canon of scripture. The Bible simply is not as clear and straightforward as we'd often like to believe. Among the most vexing issues we face is how to make the the … Continue reading Sept. 28 Gathering — You have heard it said, but I tell you…
What happens when we embrace uncertainty for is healing power, and reckless love becomes a way of life?
Does faith in the Bible necessarily mean we must reject the findings of science? Is the Bible meant to be an accurate description of the history of earth and humanity? Do we have to abandon our faith to embrace scientific evidence of origins? Or, is there a place where faith and science intersect, and reveal … Continue reading August 3 Gathering: Science & Faith: Mutually exclusive or inclusively mutual?
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?
One of the ongoing challenges of Christianity is dealing with false dichotomies in which we find ourselves as people who exist simultaneously in the world and the Kingdom. Our next few gatherings will address some of these issues and give us a chance to have some meaningful conversations with the goal of greater understanding. Here's … Continue reading Upcoming Conversations…
Mark your calendars now for our next gathering on Sunday, July 6, when we welcome Jake Kaufman to New Wineskins. Jake is a writer, speaker, artist and creative strategist who has appeared at a number of local churches and events over the past several years. His blog, jkstories.com, celebrates the places where human brokenness and … Continue reading July 6 Gathering: Guest Speaker — Jake Kaufman