Thought for the Week “We are intensely attached,” Matthew Kelly observes, “to being perceived in a positive light, even by people we don’t know and …A Different Kind of Mask
This week on The Great Reset we discuss the proposal for FishBowl Dialogues (FBD), a game for cultivating constructive relational practices.
Question: How can we all get better at loving everyone the way Jesus does?
Perspective: By publicly playing a game where we practice, observe, and learn the relevant skills.Continue reading
Question: How do we shift the focus of the Body of Christ from “getting fed” to “getting fit” (to represent Jesus)?Continue reading
The Biastes continue Season 3 of The Great Reset by attempting to articulate concrete commitments we can make together to help us become better husbands and fathers, yet at the same time advance Christ’s purposes on multiple levels.
“He must become greater; I must become less.” — John 3:30
Question: How can we as men, whatever our occupation and family situation, make every action count for the Kingdom of God?Continue reading
What if we as Christians redefined our current understanding of “holiness” to match what God intended in Genesis, and Christ demonstrated in the gospels?Continue reading
We continue this Season’s focus on The Great Reset of Education at Tuesday 6/2, 1 PM Pacific.
How do we raise up those who follow to represent Jesus better than we have?
A Constructivist Manifesto for Decentralizing Church
(Inspired by the Agile Manifesto)Continue reading
- Question: How do we love like Jesus?
- Perspective: I will love the “Other” as Jesus loved me.
- Premise: Love is a muscle that strengthens through deliberate practice
- Inspiration: “I only start counting when it starts hurting.” — Muhammad Ali
The Great Reset: Becoming the Church Decentralized
Episode 1 • April 3, 2020 AD
Public Discipleship as Exercise for the Body of Christ
Speaker Domaĝanto: Question Tamer in Esperanto
- Assumptions to Discuss
- A1: Nothing on earth is more important than becoming (loving) like Jesus
- A2: That includes becoming like Him in His sufferings (“drinking from His cup”)
- A3: God as a good Father sometimes asks us, like Jesus, to embrace things we don’t see as good for us.
- Questions to Answer
- Q1: Are we also willing to submit to the Father’s plan, no matter how painful?
- Q2: What is the suffering God might be calling each of us to rejoice in, rather than reject?
- Q3: What is the joy set before us, that would make it all worthwhile?
It may be too late to have a happy childhood, but it is never too late to have a turbulent adolescence!
We as a society have lost sight of what it means to grow up. And that’s a good thing!
The gift (and curse) of the Enlightenment is that each of us must answer the question: who do I want to be when I grow up? It is tempting to envy our ancestors and traditional cultures who had well-defined “markers of maturity”, e.g., marriage, mortgage, and making money. There is enormous security, stability, and support in having society validate who you are supposed to be.
But there is also enormous danger, especially for Christians.
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Are you ready to:
- Embrace the One who created the universe as the Heavenly Father who loves you like Jesus?
- Submit your awareness, values, and goals to becoming more like Christ’s?
- Receive God’s Spirit, Word, and Body to reveal and heal the wounds in your spirit that hinder you from becoming like Jesus?
- Value God’s happiness, glory, and relationships more than your own?
- Practice generosity and vulnerability so others can see Christ in you?
- Surrender childlike happiness for the grown-up joy of loving like Jesus?
Discipleship: Make Us Like Jesus
As we mentioned last time, the whole point of being a Christian is to become like Jesus: knowing God and loving others the way He did. In fact, the very word “Christian” means “little Christ.” We are supposed to be pictures of Jesus Christ, the way Jesus is a picture of God the Father.
So how do we get there?
“I am D-Church,
You are D-Church,
We are D-Church together….”
God seems to be doing something new in the body of Christ.
Part 4 of 6 in the series Childlike Theology
Discipleship is hard. It requires facing ugly truths about ourselves, letting go of coping strategies that served us well in the past, and taking responsibility for larger dysfunctions that really aren’t our fault.