Top 20 Quotes from Catalyst West (2015)

Top 20 Quotes from Catalyst West (2015)

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I had the opportunity to attend the Catalyst West conference this week with some of the team from Central. I’ve had the chance to become friends with the Executive Producer of Catalyst the last few years and that has made these experiences even more special. Catalyst is a great shot in the arm of encouragement and connection with other church leaders.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own.

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Opposing Oppression

"Because God's rule challenges all other claims to authority, conflicts ensue between those who choose to accept it as good news and those who oppose it. And while Jesus and his followers have authority to denounce human oppression, they do not have authority to stop the oppressors by force. Otherwise, God's agents would themselves be guilty of lording over others. Thus, by confronting and denouncing oppressors, God's agents invite reprisals on themselves and become victims of the very oppression they oppose. In this conflict, Jesus and his followers appear to be the losers."

David M. Rhoads
Misquoted Verses of the Bible (Mt. 21:13)

Misquoted Verses of the Bible (Mt. 21:13)

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Most people reading this know that I work at a church which earns the title of “megachurch.” According to Christianity Today, this is used for any church with at least 2000 people in weekly attendance. Depending on who you ask this is either exciting to be a part of or an abomination of what church should be. The specifics as to why you might hear either of these responses differ greatly. Let me tackle one of them.

At Central we have a bookstore (pictured above). Actually, we have some version of a bookstore at most of our campuses. This is common for a church of our size. For full disclosure, the bookstore even falls under my area of oversight. One of the comments I’ve heard repeated over the years is a joke (sometimes said sarcastically without humor intended) about Jesus coming in and overturning the tables of our bookstore. Depending on how familiar you are with the Bible, this may or may not make sense. It’s a reference to when Jesus made a scene at the temple. Here’s the scene:

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How Was Your Easter?

How Was Your Easter?

The photo above is from Saturday night when I read the Easter story to the kids (using the YouVersion Bible App on the iPad). It was only afterward that Michelle sent me the pictures she took and informed me of Adelyn’s face when I got to the part about the empty tomb. Evidently, this shocking revelation actually shocked her still today.

Which leads me to a question: How was your Easter? More specifically, how did the resurrection of Jesus cause you to respond this weekend? Here’s my favorite tweet about Easter from this weekend. It helps to illustrate what happened.

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Jesus According to Mark

Jesus According to Mark

This is part of a series of posts on the Biblical view of Jesus. Click here to see them all.

I officially started my Master’s program at Fuller Seminary this week. One of the things I’d like to do over the next few years I’m going through this is to blog some of the relevant studies from my classes. Obviously, much of what I’m doing won’t be interesting to the typical person. With that in mind, I ask for a bit of grace as I attempt to find which of my interesting insights are also interesting to my readers. My first class is a New Testament introduction and one of the assignments is to read each book of the Bible and list verses which tell us the author, audience, situation, purpose, and view of Jesus which we find in that book. The first week’s assignment was the Gospel of Mark, and a fascinating part has been going through and documenting the view of Jesus we see in Mark’s account. If lists like these are interesting to my readers I could turn these into a series of posts throughout the next ten weeks. If not, I’ll just show you how Mark talks about Jesus and we’ll pretend we never had this conversation.

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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.