Brand New Part 1 – Letting Go
March 27, 2016 | Clay Monkus
Jesus’ arrival signaled an end to one way of relating to God and the beginning of something entirely new. Jesus instructed us to love one another as well as those who won’t love us back. Over time and across cultures, different churches have tried to live that out in different ways. But when you reduce church to its irreducible minimum, it is a group of people doing their best to follow a teacher—Jesus—that we believe was sent from God to clear the way to God.
Brand New Part 2 – Recycled
April 03, 2016 | Clay Monkus
Religion is powerful—so powerful it can shape our consciences. Unfortunately, our consciences have been shaped by a version of Christianity that reflects a blend of the rules-focused temple model and the Jesus movement, which is demonstrated by love. As a result, we’re tempted to prioritize lawkeeping over loving others. How do we reconcile God’s law with Jesus’ call to love our neighbors?
Brand New Part 3 – What Love Requires
April 10, 2016 | Kevin Kennedy
Love offers us no place to hide. It offers no loopholes, short cuts, or workarounds. But aren’t you glad Jesus didn’t look for a loophole to loving you? What does love require of you at home, at work, on the little league field, in traffic, in line at the grocery store? We almost always know the answer to that question. The hard part is actually doing what love requires.
Brand New Part 4 – Redefining Terms
April 17, 2016 | Kevin Kennedy
Our devotion to God is illustrated, demonstrated, and authenticated by our love for others. Imagine if every Christian engaged people instead of just attended church services. Imagine if every Christian used his or her authority on behalf of others. Imagine if every Christian asked, “What does love require of me?” It would change the world.