A Creative Minority: Narrative - Jon Tyson
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This past Sunday, Pastor Jon continued our Creative Minority series by talking about the importance of the stories we believe in. Living in a time of warring narratives, we must deeply root ourselves in the one, true narrative that Jesus Christ is Lord. By routing our actions, thoughts, and expectations through the person of Jesus, our lives will become compelling stories that display the Gospel, and shake the world from spiritual sleep.  

Friends in Formation
Friends in Formation
Are We Safe with God, Realistic Rhythms, and Healthy News Habits
In this month’s episode of _Friends in Formation_, Richella, James, and Nate discuss: * Safety within the Kingdom of God * Rhythms of spiritual practice in a busy life * How to listen to the news Quoting Henri Nouwen: “For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair. Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not ‘How am I to find God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be found by him?’ The question is not ‘How am I to know God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be known by God?’ And, finally, the question is not ‘How am I to love God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be loved by God?’” Quoting G.K. Chesterton: “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” Scripture references: * Psalm 23 * Mark 4:38 (complete story is Mark 4:35-41) * 2 Corinthians 5:7 * Proverbs 4:23 Resources mentioned in this episode: * Dallas Willard, _Knowing Christ Today_ * Henri Nouwen, _The Return of the Prodigal Son_ Friends in Formation is a Renovaré podcast where three very different friends take listener questions about life and faith, with the goal of listening, learning, and helping one another go deeper with God. Please submit any questions you would like us to consider on future podcast episodes to friends@renovare.org. Learn more about Renovaré and find lots of resources for spiritual formation at renovare.org. Connect with Richella on https://twitter.com/RichellaParham and Instagram
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Theology in the Raw
Theology in the Raw
Preston Sprinkle
#844 - Race, CRT, the gospel, social justice, evangelicalism, systemic racism: Thabiti Anyabwile
The last couple of years has kicked up a lot of dust regarding race relations in America and in the church, but why did it take so long? Thabiti, or “Pastor T,” helps us understand some of the concerns and frustrations that black people have had about how white people (progressives and conservatives) have gone about the race conversation. Pastor T helps us understand what Critical Race Theory is, the real meaning of systemic racism, why issues of justice are not subsidiary to the gospel, and how the church can have better conversations about race.  Pastor T is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church in Washtington D.C. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preach. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Venmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkle Instagram | @preston.sprinkle Youtube | Preston Sprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
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