What if individuality is a delusion?
What do we do when the trite platitudes of the church—the ones that say God won’t give you more than you can handle or that our trials only make us stronger—show themselves to be wildly inadequate?
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll continue our Fall Kickoff Series on Forgiveness as the Root of Liberation by considering what Nadia Bolz-Weber calls the “chosen powerlessness” of forgiveness.
In at least two places in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus seems to imply that in order to be forgiven, one must first forgive others. But is there a quid pro quo for divine forgiveness? Is forgiveness conditional?
Despite much of Christianity’s hyper-individualistic focus on forgiveness as a cosmic get-out-of-jail-free card, there’s much more to the biblical narrative than manipulative atonement theories.
During the next few weeks, we’ll peel back the platitudes and explore the ways that forgiveness is at the root of the gospel precisely because it’s at the root of liberation.
This week we’ll wrap up our summer series on Community & Connectedness with a deep and powerful reflection from Dr. James Forbes on God as “ultimate relationality” and how our communities can reflect the love that is the divine power, purpose, and promise.
If God doesn’t need our worship, why do we do it? Why has worship become the most central, most visible aspect of the life of our churches?
Does being hurt by a faith community make you more or less likely to turn to spirituality for the healing you need?
How can we center marginalized voices not just for inclusivity, but for liberation?