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Our lead pastor returned from sabbatical this week, and after an extended open floor reflecting on the last few months of our life together as a church, he shared some of the unexpected lessons he learned while he was away.
What is really going on in the story that seemingly signals the beginning of differing languages and the migration of civilization? In Genesis 11, we hear about the tower of babel and are left with the question: what is this about? Is it simply a story told out of order or is there a deeper lesson to be learned? Sean Palmer explores these questions and more as he joins us via video from Houston, Texas. He is the teaching pastor at Ecclesia Houston and is the author of Unarmed Empire. He’s also a contributing writer to The Voice Bible and serves as the vice-chair of the Missio Alliance board.
Sometimes in our faith journey we need to see, but not clearly before our eyes can be opened to see clearly and in focus. Like the blind man who experiences a two part healing in Mark 8, our faith often progresses through stages that grow and expand. And the places where we have grown from were often necessary pieces to help bring us to where we are today. Part 2 of this gathering is a practice that helped us open ourselves up to this movement in our own faith journeys and it can be found as a separate episode. Today’s teaching comes from Mike Goldsworthy, long time friend of SBCC. Mike is a speaker, resourcer, and guide with a passion for connecting like-minded churches and leaders. He also has a podcast, space for faith: re-imaginging the church for our current moment, and started the Post-Evangelical Collective which met here at SBCC last fall.
Perhaps the American success ethos that drives us to do more, achieve more and work harder as we defy our limits is actually not the best way to live. And perhaps there is a gift and a unique grace that we receive in the recognition, embrace and acceptance of our limits. We look at this through the lens of Hebrews 2:14-15, Matthew 5:3, and some thoughts from Richard Beck in his book Slavery of Death. Today’s teaching comes from Mike Goldsworthy, long time friend of SBCC. Mike is a speaker, resourcer, and guide with a passion for connecting like-minded churches and leaders. He also has a podcast, space for faith: re-imaginging the church for our current moment, and started the Post-Evangelical Collective which met here at SBCC last fall.
Ryan Yazel – We concluded our series on our “Everyone an Icon” Mantra by looking at the complexity and redemption built into the story of Egypt. (Matthew 2:1-14)
This week in our 4-week series looking at our mantra. “Everyone An Icon,” we reflect on the question “What happens when you don’t see yourself as an icon?” For some of us, it’s easier to see the icon-ness in others than it is to see the icon-ness in the face that greets us in the mirror every morning. Looking at the story of the Apostle Peter, we will reflect on the ways we can learn to see the goodness and Godness in ourselves.

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