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Loose Ends

Jun 10 2018 • Greg Boyd, Osheta Moore, Sandra Unger

For 2,000 years the Bible has provided the church with a set of sacred scriptures that are inspired by God and that serve as our authoritative source of teaching and guidance. However, certain passages are so hard to figure out that it seems easier just to skip over them. This summer, we’ll try to make sense of some of those difficult and confusing passages. Along the way we’ll learn about the nature of scripture and hopefully, tie up some of those loose ends.

Sermons in this series:


Loose Salvation?

• Shawna Boren

What does it mean to be saved? Can you ever lose your salvation?  These are two of the questions Shawna tackles in this week’s Loose Ends sermon.

Topics: Salvation


Magical Faith

• Greg Boyd

In this most recent sermon of our Loose Ends series, we look at a verse that many in the "name it and claim it" persuasion use to justify their views, Mark 11:23-24.

Topics: Faith, Imagination, Prayer


Fog of War

• Greg Boyd

There is a very common understanding in many Christian circles that everything happens for a reason, we can’t understand what comes to pass because God’s ways are higher than our ways, and ultimately every single act, no matter how consistent or inconsistent with the God revealed in Jesus, is a direct result of the power, control, & sovereignty of God. In this message Greg dissects John 9:1-3 confronting all these ideas head on showing how dangerous poor theology and inconsistent exegesis can be.

Topics: Free Will, God's Will, Kingdom of God, Spiritual Warfare


The Chosen Few

• Greg Boyd

In this week of the Loose Ends sermon series Greg looks at the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. He shares some general principles for understanding parables and addresses common misconceptions. Here we see that God is not like a violent, unjust king, but rather a God who lovingly invites all to a banquet he graciously prepares.

Topics: Hell, Kingdom of God


Hazak

• David Morrow

What do we do when Jesus is the 'loose end'? What are those sections in the Gospel that we can have a tendency to gloss over? What words of Jesus do you hear and sort of cringe about? This starts with being honest with the text rather than avoiding, minimizing, reducing or dismissing.

Topics: Calling, Kingdom of God


Finding the Word in the Words

• Osheta Moore

Osheta continues our look at 'loose ends' of scripture that often get overlooked or dismissed because of their seeming exclusiveness and contradiction. This week’s installment examines Jesus’ comments about parables and why they were one of his key methods of teaching. At the heart of it all is the question of who the Kingdom of God is for, and what is being asked of us to enter in to it.

Topics: Controversial Issues, God's Will, Kingdom of God


Your Attention Please!

• Sandra Unger

This week in the sermon series Loose Ends, our friend Dr. Sandra Unger explores the often quoted Psalm, “be still and know that I am God.” Sandra shares what the command to be still means in the Biblical context and how paying attention to God changes our whole approach to life.

Topics: Faith, Transformation


Must We Submit To Government?

• Greg Boyd

This week Greg taught on Romans 13, a Scripture that has been in the news recently when Attorney General Jeff Sessions used it as basis for why the American government is separating children from their families at the southern border. This passage, although helpful for us to understand how to respect the authority of earthly government in matters of polices, law and order, is not the final word for Kingdom people on how we should live.

Topics: Controversial Issues, Kingdom of God, Nationalism


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