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  • God & Gender (Week 4)

    God & Gender (Week 4)

    June 30: God & Transgender

                   

    If God created us male and female, why have so many of God’s sons questioned if he actually created them to be his daughters? And why have so many Christian women wondered if they were really made to be God’s sons? Paul indirectly answered these questions when he wrote about the struggles of life in this broken world. This message intends to explain the transgender temptation and offer hope and encouragement to those facing it.

  • God & Gender (Week 3)

    God & Gender (Week 3)

    June 23: God & Gender In Marriage

                   

    Perhaps now more than ever, Americans find the idea of distinct gender roles as outdated, offensive, and oppressive. Much more preferable, many believe, is to recognize God-given gifts, regardless of gender. How does such thinking fit into the biblical view that Paul lays out in Ephesians 5 where husbands are the “heads” of their wives and wives are called to submit to their husbands? How do biblically-committed Christians winsomely explain these verses in our modern age?

  • God & Gender (Week 2)

    God & Gender (Week 2)

    June 16: God & Gender In The Church

                   

    1 Timothy 2 is a chapter many Christians wish was not written. The Apostle’s Paul’s words seem patriarchal and downright impossible. No braided hair? Or expensive clothes? Or women in church who are not “silent”? Really? This message seeks to faithfully explore Paul’s provocative words in context and the issue of men and women working together in the church.

  • God & Gender (Week 1)

    God & Gender (Week 1)

    June 9: God's Design For Men & Women

                   

    In the beginning, when everything was perfect, God created people. Not only did he create Adam and Eve “in his image,” he also “created them male and female.” This message lays the foundation for our faith when it comes to gender, a faith in the Father who loves everyone of the children he has created.

  • iGod (Week 3)

    iGod (Week 3)

    November 22:  iThink  Notes / Podcast

    “I miss my old brain!” author William Powers lamented. Despite its countless blessings, the internet has physically changed the wiring of our brains, transforming our attention spans and the depth of our thoughts. How can we learn to embrace the essential art of silence and meditation, the practices necessary to know God in a deep and meaningful way? The very first Psalm has God’s timeless answer.

  • iGod (Week 2)

    iGod (Week 2)

    November 15:  iRest  Notes / Podcast

    A 1960’s government task force predicted Americans would work 20 hours/week and be bored due to the incredible advances in technology. Instead, our phones, laptops, and devices keep us busier than ever and burn out seems probable, if not inevitable. But what if God could provide real rest, breaking us from our addiction to approval (and the devices it depends on)? The writer to the Hebrews shows us where to find real rest in this essential week of the series.

  • iGod (Week 1)

    iGod (Week 1)

    November 8:  I Am  Notes / Podcast

    Identity theft is a terrifying threat, even more so when your online identity is in question. While we can control what we post (such as the one and only family picture where the kids weren’t punching each other), we can’t control what they post. So, where do we find joy and peace knowing our online personas are as fragile as the next post from an ex-boyfriend or a workplace enemy? The Apostle Paul shares his answer from Philippians 1.