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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: Gifts of Uncertainty

 

The last time we were together, in this series, we explored the good of not knowing. We saw how the limits of our knowledge actually free us to be fully human. We all reach boundaries that remind us we are not God and that some things are simply beyond our comprehension. And all of this actually creates space for worship and reverence. Considering our lack of certainty, what other good might come from our inevitable limits and ignorance? Our study this week is called: Gifts of Uncertainty.

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eries:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: Fully Trusting

We are most fully human when we are most fully trusting. When we reduce faith to “facts” and formulas, we are found empty-handed and open-mouthed when catastrophe comes. Let’s consider how to have “eyes of faith” to see our own lives, and to see the troubles of the world around us through a trusting gaze. Join us as we consider what it means to be Fully Trusting.

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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: The Good of Not Knowing

 

We will take a stroll through the Garden of Genesis 2 and come face to face with the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil. We all face limitations to our knowledge. Do these limits offer us any good gifts? Deep within us is a primal craving to be something more than human. The words “you will be like God” still ring in our ears. So we want to explore a certain kind of grace found in the limits of our understanding. Our study for week 1 is called, The Good of Not Knowing.

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Title: Let the Children Come

How do children “ fit” within the people of God? As a community, we are called both to teach and to learn from the children in our midst. Let’s explore a biblical foundation for the intergenerational church and learn the crucial role that YOU have to play in the lives of our children. Jesus loves the little children ... and we should too! Join us for the message entitled: Let the Children Come.

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July 30, 2017

Series:  Theology of Play

Title: Spiritual Aspects of Animals

We continue our summer series: Toward a Theology of Play.  We function as creatures of the inside yet were placed with animals in a garden. We watch others sing, play football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and dance. We have become a culture of observers; we watch others play. What is your invitation to come play in creation? How do we play well with animals? What is the role of animals as pets and as food? Join us as we consider many spiritual aspects of animals.

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July 23, 2017

Series:  Theology of Play

Title: A Theology of Food

We continue our summer series: Toward a Theology of Play. “Sirloin steak, roasted cauli ower, salted caramel ice cream. The world is full of foods that delight. Food can be a source of joy and satisfaction. However, our relationship with food is complicated: eating can be a source of shame and confusion. God has something to tell us about food. There is a way we can relate to food that a rms the goodness of God and creation. Come on Sunday to hear a theology of food and gain some practical guidance too!”

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July 16, 2017

Series:  Theology of Play

Title: The Sacred Art of Movie Observance

Last week we explored the world of literature, and now we turn our attention to movies. Does God like movies? Movies are visually dramatic stories, and in the Bible the dominant means through which God communicates with us is through visually dramatic stories—not rational proofs and apologetics, doctrinal catechism, bullet points, or systematic theology. Much of the overall movement in Scripture is story, vision, symbol, and narrative. God seems to delight in using the dramatic, the visual, and stories to deliver His truth to us. God seems to love movies! Join us as we stroll through drama, theater, and parable in a study called: The Sacred Art of Movie Observance.

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July 9, 2017

Series:  Theology of Play

Title: Reading for Understanding

We have started our summer series: Toward a Theology of Play. We are exploring how play is an important aspect of our lives with God. This week we will be looking at how reading good ction helps us become more fully human by helping us to appreciate beauty, gain insight into spiritual realities and situations, and learn to understand human nature and its many nuances. Our study this week is called: Reading for Understanding.

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Series:  Theology of Play

Title: A Foretaste of Glory Divine

Last week we started our summer series: Toward a Theology of Play. We are exploring how play is an important aspect of our lives with God. Play is about celebrating our existence, and it reminds us of God’s love even when we are not working or producing. Leisure and play can also be eschatological in that it is a sign of the joy and liberation that is to come. What if play and celebration are putting us in touch with the character of the new creation? We want to understand more fully how our play puts us in contact with God’s future—now. Our study this week is called—A Foretaste of Glory Divine.

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June 18, 2017

Series:  Theology of Play

Title: Play Matters

During the summer we are going to try and slow things down a bit and look at the idea of—PLAY. Robert Banks says this: “Our present experience of eternal life should call us to question the desperate busyness which marks so many Christians. To engage in frantic activity is to become enmeshed in the time patterns of the world which will one day come to an end and is even now passing away (1 Corinthians 7:29,30).” What does it mean to move toward a theology of play in a leisure- hungry and work-addicted culture? Plan to be with us as we explore this topic in a study called: PLAY Matters.

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