One of our biggest temptations is to live a shallow and superficial life on the surface. But we are called to go deeper, to get in touch with our true self and meet God in this quiet place. In the Christian tradition, God gives us a unique kind of prayer to help make this possible: meditation. In the re-creative silence of meditation we are transformed.
In this message, Pastor Mark talks about how our prayer-life should change as we mature in the faith. In addition to conversational prayer, he explains the importance of meditation where we sit in holy silence before the mystery of the world.
God is love. This is the most important claim of the Christian faith. But what exactly does it mean? Since God is the mystery of the world, we can't grasp the meaning of this claim by simply pointing to ideals of human love. Rather, we need divine revelation. This is what God gives us in the Doctrine of the Trinity, which turns out to be the key for understanding what Christians mean when they say, "God is love." There is so much bad (and boring) teaching on this subject, but in this message Pastor Mark unpacks the doctrine of the Trinity in a way that will lead to better understanding and also deepen your sense of mystery and awe.
Pastor Mark joins with representatives of Surfers Helping Kids to talk about the humanitarian work they did during their 2018 "Surf and Serve" in Sunzal, El Salvador. Partnering with Surfing Missions, Christian Surfers El Salvador, and Share The Stoke, they installed water filtration systems, donated clothing and surfboards, worked at the Remar Orphanage, delivered groceries, and hosted movie nights and a half-day surf school.
What can we learn from the worst mother in the Bible? What can we learn from the best mother in the Bible? You might be surprised. Four lessons that will encourage and inspire you.
We often fear people because they are different, which can lead us to demonize and mistreat them. But Jesus teaches that love casts out fear and then models a new way of relating to others by crossing religious, racial, gender, socioeconomic, and political boundaries. His compassionate example invites us to engage difference not as dangerous but as mutually enriching. Check out this message to see how.
In this Easter message, I explain that the resurrection is not only about Jesus but also us. Through all of the trials and tragedies of life, God peels away our defense mechanisms and character defects, crucifies our ego, taps into our true self, and transforms us with life-giving power.
In this Palm Sunday message, Pastor Mark looks at the life and teachings of Jesus to explore the implications of faith for our politics. Jesus did not promote violence, religious perfectionism, withdrawal from society, or assimilation to corrupt systems. Rather, he spoke truth to power and calls us to do the same.