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Advent: Keep Awake

As we start the season of Advent, Weylin Lee talks about what Jesus is inviting us to wake up to and wake up from [Mark 13:30-37]. Reflection How can we slow down in order to catch up to God? What areas of our interior life need to be awakened? Resources Video – Godspeed Documentary Book – Acedia & Me MWG […]

Practice Gratitude

Gideon Tsang reflects on how we would be changed people if we practiced gratitude collectively as a community [Psalm 100]. Reflection What would it look like to create out of gratitude? How can you be present with gratitude entering into this week? Resources Video – How to Practice Effectively Video – TED Talk (Megan Phelps-Roper) MWG – Discussion Guide

Presence

Jason Minnix reflects on some of the ways God is present with us in this journey we are on [Exodus 33:12-23]. Reflection: How can I open myself to participate in God’s presence now? Where am I being invited to play? Resources: Video: Three Year Old Arguing MWG: Discussion Guide

Great Questions

Gideon Tsang explores how Jesus seems to value questions more than he does answers and why questions are essential to a healthy faith [Matthew 21:23-32]. Reflection: How can you embrace your questions of Scripture and faith? How can you celebrate a mistake, wrong answer, or failure as part of your spiritual practice? Resources: Podcast: Freakonomics: That’s a Great Question Book: […]

Practicing Mercy

Weylin Lee reflects on an encounter that Jesus has with a foreign woman and how that brings awareness to what limits and facilitates mercy [Matthew 15:10-28]. Reflection: In what ways can we withhold evaluation and judgment in order to practice mercy more freely? What might be some of our cultural blindspots that hinder our ability to practice mercy? Resources: Book: […]

Living from the Heart

Sarah Bingaman talks about how identifying emotions and needs can reveal our hearts [Matthew 5:1-4]. Reflection What am I feeling or needing right now? How can I practice emotionally responding to my own feelings and the feelings of others this week?

Being Good Guests

Matt Inman reflects on who we direct our compassion towards and how we sometimes get in the way of living it out [Matthew 10:5-16]. Reflection Where do you over-complicate your life and love by carrying around extra “equipment”? What is one small, humble act that would exercise your compassion and put you in the position of being a good guest? […]