In this message, Pastor Mark launches a new series that will help you distinguish between life-giving spirituality and death-dealing religion. True spirituality is not about life after death, but life before death! It's not about escaping our humanity, but being honest about our doubts, limitations, and imperfections and finding ways to live an authentic life by accepting them. Do you have the courage to accept your own humanity?
In the aftermath of hurricane Irma, Pastor Mark talks about how interruptions in life give us an opportunity to pause and rethink our relationship with possessions. He reminds us that all good things are a gift from God that we hold in trust, not simply for our own benefit, but also for the benefit of others. We should share what we have, especially with people who suffer. For Christians, this is not a matter of just being a good person, but a response to the call of God
In this message, Emma Reynolds tells a story of infidelity and betrayal in order to help us answer the question, "How can I forgive my enemy?" This is an honest and inspiring testimony that will change your perspective and maybe even your life.
After learning how God forgives us and how we should forgive others, Pastor Mark raises the question, "Is any of this possible in real life?" He then goes on to talk about internal constraints to forgiveness and how to overcome them.
In this message, Pastor Mark explains that when it comes to human wrongdoing, God is not a doting grandparent or an implacable judge. Rather, God deals with our sin in the cross of Jesus, opening the way to forgiveness. Tune-in to see what divine forgiveness looks like.
In this message, Pastor Mark tells a story of going fishing with his grandfather to illustrate that there's more than one way to tell the truth. Then, focusing on the importance of genre in interpretation, he explains that the Bible and science are not incompatible because they ask different kinds of questions.
What does it mean to say that the Bible is inspired by God? You might be surprised to discover that there's more than one way to answer this question. In this message, Pastor Mark outlines a mainline Protestant approach that connects with our own experience.
In this message, Pastor Mark reflects on two questions: (1) Where did the New Testament come from? (2) What is its central message? This is sermon 3 of 5 in the teaching series, "A Reasonable Reading of the Bible."