Season Finale for Playlist DBJ-2021A-TROP: The Redemption of PeterContinue reading
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Recommended PracticesContinue reading
Our very first official session starts with me explaining (and arguably demonstrating) the idea of “Dog Park Church.”
Most churches (implicitly) expect you to sin outside and be holy inside. DBJ is the opposite!
This is not a pristine house we aspire to keep clean. We are the place where people feel safe enough to “release the crap inside them,” because this is precisely where we are learning how to clean it up. We need to bring our worst selves to church, so we can bring our best selves to the world.
I also confess that I am doing this selfishly. I am the one who most needs to Grow Closer to Jesus (GCJ) — because I realize I am furthest from my high calling.
I need all of you to help me GCJ, because I can’t do this on my own. In exchange, though, I commit to helping all of you GCJ.
In fact, that is the only way this works: by Growing All of Us Closer to Jesus (GAUCJ, pronounced “gawkage”). It is only in trying to set others free from sin that we discover where we ourselves lack the grace to be Christ to them in their area of need. It is only as Christ frees us from our sins that we can truly free others.
We start with Christ saving us from our sins, then simply keep expanding the “us” until He saves the whole Body of Christ (target date: 13-APR-31) — and thence the whole world.
- repentance vs obedience
- growing all of us closer to Jesus vs multiplying disciples among the lost
Thank you to everyone who registered for the “Discipling By Jesus” workshop. We look forward to starting this 7-week journey with you and Jesus at two sessions: 7pm PST Thursday or 10:30 AM PST Friday.
Here’s a few things you should know:Continue reading
It was immense privilege to be interviewed Scott Maderer for the February 13th episode of the Inspired Stewardship Podcast. We discussed my crazy career journey, helpful spiritual practices, and how I want to be remembered a century from now.
Below are links to some of the resources and concepts I discussed.Continue reading
This Friday, 15 Jan 2021 (1PM Pacific) marks the Finale of The Great Reset, a quest for a more resilient Christianity that began six seasons (42 weeks) ago in the shadow of COVID-19. The Biastes and Biastas reflect on what God has done in, through, and among them, while Ernie holds out hope for Something Different in a potential Jubilee Season.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruitJohn 12:24
Question: Why is it good that all earthly things die?
Perspective: Because every created thing is founded on a contradiction, which God must transcend in order for us to inherit the Kingdom of GodContinue reading
Join us on The Great Reset (via Zoom or YouTube Live at Tue Jan 5, 2020 at 1PM PST) as Ernie pitches a framework for tying together our recent themes of discipleship, reconciliation, and loving more like Jesus.
Question: Is there a single thing that both causes and sustains “train wrecks” (i.e., cascades of broken relationships)? If so, can it be inverted to provide a cure?
Perspective: Yes, abjection (i.e. dissociating self from what is toxic or outside our control). The tragedy is that abjection is essential for identity in both groups and individuals, yet ultimately destructive of the larger context. The cure is to follow Christ by incarnating into what was abjected, and overcome it by the power of the cross.Continue reading
Question: How should we respond when we are hurt by the actions of other believers — who themselves are hurting?
Perspective: Seek the cross and grace of Christ, as the only true cure for our pain — and theirs.Continue reading
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- Publishing the video,
- Answering a question, or
- Deviating from the published agenda.
In particular, everyone always has the freedom to acknowledge a line of discussion as important, yet choose (for whatever reason) to discuss it later, or in a different forum (aka “The Pause Protocol“).
We are committed to helping you feel safe enough to fully engage in the work God is doing among us. Please let us know how we can do better.
The Great Reset Crew
Question: Why did God place us in a world full of brokenness and pain?
Perspective: So we could share in the glory that only comes from becoming more like Jesus.Continue reading
This week on The Great Reset, our Producer Ted Hahs shares his passion for loving the world (and each other) the way Jesus does.
Q. How can we better recognize the awesomeness of the many people attempting great things for God?
P: Providing a platform for them to share their story and vision in order to garner support.Continue reading
Q. How should we react when other people hurt us, or they claim that we hurt them?
P. Seek to Ground our identity and security in Christ, so we can respond with curiosity and compassion rather than fear or anger
When I feel threatened, my natural instinct is either fear (giving in) or anger (taking over). I am learning that neither of these is very effective at spreading the Kingdom of God; though both may be expedient in terms of protecting the self, at least in the short term.
Conversely, when the challenge is not in an area that threatens my identity, I find myself relaxed and eager to engage with understanding all sides of the issue. I am able to focus on ensuring that others feel heard, and become confident enough to explore creative ways of solving the underlying problems.
How do we build a community and practices where all of us can feel safer confronting the emotional issues that define both our identities and our differences?
For this week’s episode, we wrap up Season 5 of The Great Reset by attempting to address questions from last week using an updated Challenge Question, plus a more explicit leadership structure.
What must we do better for the Body of Christ to more effectively make disciples of our cities, and all nations?
And, how can we know we are on the right track?
Perspectives: Google Doc of Core ConcernsContinue reading
As followers of Jesus, we invite you to learn along with us every Tuesday at 1 PM on The Great Reset as we practice loving more like Jesus.
Question: What should we focus on when something hurtful has happened?
Perspective: Answering the question, “What do each of us need so all of us can handle it better next time?”Continue reading
Question: Should we be focused on obeying Jesus or abiding in Him?
Perspective: That’s the wrong question. We need to learn the obedience that springs from abiding in Him, as well as the abiding that bears fruit in obedience.Continue reading