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Date Title Series Speaker
4/20/2014 Sip, Scratch, Score/Easter Sunday

Jesus is God's YES to everything God has promised. Promised to you. To me. To all the world. Now and forever.

Scott Field
4/13/2014 The Great Reversal: Palm/Passion Sunday

What a great day of celebration! Palm Sunday recalls for us the exuberant cheering of the crowd when Jesus entered Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is also one of the most difficult days of worship for Christians. Because, underlying the celebration, "the hosannas!" and "alleluias!" and the "blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" is, if you know how the situation develops, a sinister, deeply disturbing, unfolding tragedy. From the ‘original sin’ in the Garden of Eden to Jesus ‘taking on the sins of the world’ with his crucifixion on the cross and his resurrection, God’s plan unfolds for all Christians.

Scott Field
4/6/2014 I Like Jesus…But Not The Church. Really? Think Again...

There is no question that the church, the community of believers, may seem strange to some. But we need more than virtual friends -- we need a real, authentic life-giving and life-sharing community. We need more than self-help programs -- we need a community that will tolerate us, contend with us, shape us, pray for us, and help us become more and more like Jesus. We need more than inspirational thoughts and motivational speeches to encourage our self-centeredness and small ambitions -- we need a community ready to risk it as partners together with one another and under the influence of the Holy Spirit sent for the healing of the world in Jesus' name. How dare we settle for anything less?

Think Again Scott Field
3/30/2014 Evil? It’s Just A Matter Of Being In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

Maybe you've wondered yourself how come it is so difficult to live the way Jesus taught us to live. Christians have long understood that we have to contend with our own human nature, with the way the world is organized, and with our enemy the devil. It is true that Satan is out to get you. But, if you have placed your faith in Christ, you've been gotten already. Surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life; and you will, thankfully, gloriously, finally, dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Think Again Scott Field
3/23/2014 What Christians Call 'God's Guidance' Is Just Coincidence...and Nothing More.

All of us have an inherent need for guidance. Our concern to receive God's guidance is highly important for those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ. We want to know about God's promise of guidance and where this guidance might be found.

Think Again Scott Field
3/16/2014 The Bible Is An Interesting Cultural Artifact, But Nothing More. Really? Think Again...

Even though the words in the Bible are penned by a human being, preached by a human being, and announced in the world from a human soul, they are the breath of God breathing out of a human instrument. God has instruments through whom He has breathed. God’s breath takes words and turns them into a life changing force. The words are reliable, trustworthy, without error.

Think Again Charles Yoon
3/9/2014 Prayer is Just Self-Talk for Religious People

Prayer is one of the most natural, meaningful, and precious but also confusing, challenging, and mysterious parts of faith. Even when we aren't sure we believe in Christ or how we believe in Christ, prayer is seemingly almost reflexive for many of us -- something akin to breathing. More than 80% of the people in the U.S. indicate that they pray -- whether they consider themselves religious or not.

Think Again Scott Field
3/2/2014 Faith Is Just Wishful Thinking ….And Nothing More.

The ultimate object of faith is not words about God -- these only point beyond themselves -- but the ultimate object, the One in whom we place our faith, is God. There is no question that our experiences of pain, suffering, and disappointment in life can challenge our trust in God. But, our response to that thing that happens is the opportunity for us to trust God -- or not. It is through our experiential testing of God's trustworthiness that we learn to exercise faith day by day.

Think Again Scott Field
2/23/2014 Christians Are Just Too Hung Up On The Cross. They Need To Lighten Up.

With his death, and subsequent resurrection, the cross became no longer a simple tool of execution, a means for Roman occupation forces in the 1st Century Eastern Mediterranean to keep the local population in abject fear of the law – such cruelty, such torture, such intimidation – no, with the death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus, the cross became a symbol uniquely mysterious and singularly important in the history of the world and the future of all humankind; which includes your future and mine as well.

Think Again Scott Field
2/16/2014 Christians Can't Decide Which 'Jesus' They Believe In

If you want to know about Jesus, where do you get your information? If you don’t want it pre-digested but want to find out for yourself, then where do you look? The answer, when it comes to Jesus, is the Bible; more specifically the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Think Again Scott Field