The Family Tree: Orthodox

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We live in a divided world and in a time in which Christians are divided every bit as much. We could benefit by learning more about each other, as understanding the various branches of Christianity would help to bring our world closer together.

Perhaps most importantly, being exposed to different expressions of our faith could revolutionize your spiritual life.

For example, those who struggle with the concept of an eternal, fiery hell have found a completely new view of God and of the afterlife by learning about Orthodox Christianity. There is something revolutionary to learn about each major branch of Christianity, so we will not critique various denominations, but we will instead seek to learn and gain from them.

It may be that the most impactful experience in your spiritual journey could be discovering how our spiritual ancestors wrestled with, and answered, the major questions they faced.

In this series, we will explore the major branches of Christianity over the centuries in order to learn about them and also to grow in our own spiritual lives.

Sermon Titles
April 24 | Catholics
May 1 | Orthodox
May 8 | Lutherans and Presbyterians
May 15 | Anglicans and Methodists
May 22 | Baptists, Anabaptists, and Pentecostals
May 29 | Nondenominational Christians

A brand new sermon series, The Family Tree: The Denominations of Christianity begins April 24.

The Family Tree: Catholics

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We live in a divided world and in a time in which Christians are divided every bit as much. We could benefit by learning more about each other, as understanding the various branches of Christianity would help to bring our world closer together.

Perhaps most importantly, being exposed to different expressions of our faith could revolutionize your spiritual life.

For example, those who struggle with the concept of an eternal, fiery hell have found a completely new view of God and of the afterlife by learning about Orthodox Christianity. There is something revolutionary to learn about each major branch of Christianity, so we will not critique various denominations, but we will instead seek to learn and gain from them.

It may be that the most impactful experience in your spiritual journey could be discovering how our spiritual ancestors wrestled with, and answered, the major questions they faced.

In this series, we will explore the major branches of Christianity over the centuries in order to learn about them and also to grow in our own spiritual lives.

Sermon Titles
April 24 | Catholics
May 1 | Orthodox
May 8 | Lutherans and Presbyterians
May 15 | Anglicans and Methodists
May 22 | Baptists, Anabaptists, and Pentecostals
May 29 | Nondenominational Christians

A brand new sermon series, The Family Tree: The Denominations of Christianity begins April 24.

Special Guest Brian McLaren

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Lent is a six-week season of preparation for Easter, and our Lenten series this year is based on a new book by Brian McLaren entitled Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance, and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality.

He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony – offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.

Beginning Sunday March 6, your weekly reading, weekly sermons, and a new Online Connect Group will coincide as we journey together through Faith After Doubt.

Faith After Doubt: Experiencing Harmony

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Lent is a six-week season of preparation for Easter, and our Lenten series this year is based on a new book by Brian McLaren entitled Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance, and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality.

He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony – offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.

Beginning Sunday March 6, your weekly reading, weekly sermons, and a new Online Connect Group will coincide as we journey together through Faith After Doubt.

Faith After Doubt: Doubt As Love

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Lent is a six-week season of preparation for Easter, and our Lenten series this year is based on a new book by Brian McLaren entitled Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance, and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality.

He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony – offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.

Beginning Sunday March 6, your weekly reading, weekly sermons, and a new Online Connect Group will coincide as we journey together through Faith After Doubt.

Faith After Doubt: Doubt As Descent

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Lent is a six-week season of preparation for Easter, and our Lenten series this year is based on a new book by Brian McLaren entitled Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance, and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality.

He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony – offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.

Beginning Sunday March 6, your weekly reading, weekly sermons, and a new Online Connect Group will coincide as we journey together through Faith After Doubt.

Faith After Doubt: Doubt As A Doorway

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Lent is a six-week season of preparation for Easter, and our Lenten series this year is based on a new book by Brian McLaren entitled Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance, and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality.

He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony – offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.

Beginning Sunday March 6, your weekly reading, weekly sermons, and a new Online Connect Group will coincide as we journey together through Faith After Doubt.

Faith After Doubt: Thrown Into Doubt

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Lent is a six-week season of preparation for Easter, and our Lenten series this year is based on a new book by Brian McLaren entitled Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It.

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance, and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality.

He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony – offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.

Beginning Sunday March 6, your weekly reading, weekly sermons, and a new Online Connect Group will coincide as we journey together through Faith After Doubt.

Not THAT Kind of Christian: The Bible and Sexuality

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We all know who THAT kind of Christian is.

We see self-professing Christians in America who are attempting to use authoritarian politics to force others to live according to their religion. They do not seem to value diversity. They may see themselves as society’s “moral police,” looking down on others who do not fit their description of the nuclear family, may seem to be anti-science, and appear to value only one issue, abortion.

While it may be difficult for many to see Jesus in this type of Christianity, during this series, we will describe what we believe it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in 2022 America. Every week, we will address theological questions and contemporary issues that affect our everyday lives.

Sermon Titles
January 9- Freeing Christianity from Political Authoritarianism
January 16- Understanding the Bible
January 23- Did God Kill Jesus? (The Atonement and Violence)
January 30- Christianity and Other Religions/No Religion
Feb. 6- Faith and Science (Healthcare and Climate Change)
Feb. 13- The History of American Christianity and Race
Feb. 20- Christianity and Abortion
Feb. 27- The Bible and Human Sexuality

Invite a friend, and join us beginning January 9, for a brand new series, Not THAT Kind of Christian.

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