Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 1 Corinthians 6:14 In our pluralistic culture, more religious and non-religious traditions exist within the same space than perhaps any time in modern history. Interestingly, even as many Christian communities bemoan this diversity of belief systems and worldviews,Continue reading “Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?”

An appeal: Your opinions are needed!

Dear friends of New Wineskins, We’ve recently had some new developments, and I need your input to help us navigate our future. First, if you’ve been attending regularly, I just want to say thank you! We’ve had some great conversations these past few months. If you haven’t been here for awhile, I hope you’ll comeContinue reading “An appeal: Your opinions are needed!”

Sept. 28 Gathering — You have heard it said, but I tell you…

One of the enduring challenges of Christianity over the past two millennia has been how to interpret and reconcile the various writings that make up the canon of scripture. The Bible simply is not as clear and straightforward as we’d often like to believe. Among the most vexing issues we face is how to make the theContinue reading “Sept. 28 Gathering — You have heard it said, but I tell you…”

Sept. 14 Gathering — When Community and Grace Collide

What happens when we embrace uncertainty for is healing power, and reckless love becomes a way of life?

Aug. 31 Gathering – Creation Care and the Kingdom of God

More and more we’re seeing the church step up in issues regarding creation care, from climate change to recycling to sustainable living practices. But what if our role is more than just a mandate for stewardship? What if we are called to something more, something deeper, something eternal when it comes to taking care ofContinue reading “Aug. 31 Gathering – Creation Care and the Kingdom of God”

August 17 Gathering: Sacred vs. Secular — Two worlds in tension or one world in grace?

We tend to compartmentalize our lives in a number of different ways. Over the past century or so, Christianity seems to have become particularly obsessed with sorting out the sacred from the secular. In our effort to be “in the world but not of the world,” we have learned to isolate spiritual practices and personalContinue reading “August 17 Gathering: Sacred vs. Secular — Two worlds in tension or one world in grace?”

August 3 Gathering: Science & Faith: Mutually exclusive or inclusively mutual?

Does faith in the Bible necessarily mean we must reject the findings of science? Is the Bible meant to be an accurate description of the history of earth and humanity? Do we have to abandon our faith to embrace scientific evidence of origins? Or, is there a place where faith and science intersect, and revealContinue reading “August 3 Gathering: Science & Faith: Mutually exclusive or inclusively mutual?”

Q Ideas Tackles Faith vs. Science debate

With our upcoming Aug. 3 gathering set to focus on the science/faith false dichotomy in the church, I thought you might enjoy some of the conversation that’s happening on the topic elsewhere. I’ve been following Q Ideas ever since reading Gabe Lyons’ & David Kinnaman’s 2007 book, unChristian (I also highly recommend Lyons’ 2010 follow-up book, TheContinue reading “Q Ideas Tackles Faith vs. Science debate”

July 20 Gathering: Gender Roles–Enslaved or Empowered?

Do our perceptions of gender trap us in rigid boxes, or do they empower us to be more fully human? This week (July 20), we’ll discuss biblical concepts of gender, misconceptions, and more empowering ways of viewing our unique contributions to the human project. We’ll look at some of the passages that have been traditionallyContinue reading “July 20 Gathering: Gender Roles–Enslaved or Empowered?”

Upcoming Conversations…

One of the ongoing challenges of Christianity is dealing with false dichotomies in which we find ourselves as people who exist simultaneously in the world and the Kingdom. Our next few gatherings will address some of these issues and give us a chance to have some meaningful conversations with the goal of greater understanding. Here’sContinue reading “Upcoming Conversations…”