Open to People

This weekend at Central I talked about what it means to be open to the people around you and to share your faith differently than is often seen with most Christians.

Marriage Rebranded

Marriage Rebranded

I recently finished a book that our life group is currently going through together. It’s called Marriage Rebranded by Tyler Ward. My favorite part of the book is how he shifts the focus off of expecting marriage to make you happy, and instead focuses on the ability of your marriage helping you become the person God designed you to be. There are a lot of marriage books out there, but Tyler (and his wife) approach the topic from a young, fresh perspective. They acknowledge they are early marrieds and that they don’t have the decades of experience like other authors of similar books. It is this humility—in addition to a healthy dose of humor—which make this book an enjoyable read.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

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The Way

The Way

I experienced a first this week. A lady in our church introduced herself to me and told me that she got a tattoo based on a sermon I taught awhile back. She then showed me her arm and I asked if I could take this picture. She referenced how I talked about the early Church in the book of Acts when it simply referred to those Christians as followers of “the Way.”

Here are the examples:

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The Theology Pilgrimage

The Theology Pilgrimage

As I’ve previously written and communicated about, many of my specific theological understandings have shifted over the years. I don’t mean the comparison of my views from today with my views as a third grader when I decided to choose baptism for myself. Those are understandingly not only different in content, but different in scope. What I particularly mean are those views I formed at college or after, and then decided after further study I didn’t see them that way anymore.

If I thought about this as a politician, I appear to be “flip-flopping,” a sure sign I don’t know what I think or can’t be trusted to say what I really mean. In fact many Christians look at this and claim that my faith is somehow broken or incomplete if it contains doubts such as these. Why can’t I just be certain I’m right like they are?

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What To Do When You Feel Helpless

This weekend I preached on the life of Daniel and talked about the opportunity we have to meet God in the moments when we feel helpless.

If you want to find out more about the video I showed at the end, go to 21martyrs.com

The Divine Magician

The Divine Magician

I recently finished Peter Rollins latest book, The Divine Magician. Like all of his books, this one challenges the status quo and asks deeper questions to arrive at a more substantial faith at the end. His method of doing this through the three parts of a magic trick is creatively engaging. He unpacks the elements of the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige, and makes connections to Biblical faith with each. While the book tends to go into philosophical wonderland at times, my favorite part of reading Peter Rollins is not that I agree with all his answers, but rather that I appreciate the way he causes me to ask new questions.

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