Blog Archives: April 2016

4/24/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

April 24, 2016
Bart Garrett
Date: 4/24/2016 Series: Resurrection Revolution Title: Revolution against Power Speaker: Bart Garrett Text: Acts 16:11-40 Reflection Quote: When I thought all was lost, the dungeon shook, and my chains fell off. -James Baldwin Questions: The Coercive Powers of the World (principalities, predatory profit, prejudice), are best undermined by the subversive powers of God (including things like prayer, joy, wisdom, and hospitality). HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: Listen to this sermon again and take a journal to a coffee shop (not ...

Greg Murai's Passing

April 21, 2016
Bart Garrett
Christ Church lost Greg Murai, our Worship Arts Associate, to a heart attack late Tuesday night. Our staff has been rocked by two sudden deaths only seven months apart. Our church has known the depths of deep grief. Christians, all of us, live in the tension between Isaiah 55 and 1 John 3… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8,9 (Tension) “See what ...

4/10/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

April 11, 2016
Jonathan St. Clair
Date: 4/10/2016 Series: Resurrection Revolution Title: Revolution against Popular Gods Speaker: Jonathan St. Clair Text: Acts 14:8-23 Reflection Quotes: When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship… Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather ...

Why am I excited about hosting "Skeptical"?

April 11, 2016
Bart Garrett
Why am I excited about hosting "skeptical"? Having spent eleven years in the Bay Area, I've encounterd all sorts of people with all sort of ideas about belief, faith, God, the church, and Christianity. Having hosted several conversations, forums, and events to cultivate discussions around these matters, I've noticed that most everyone is genuinely pleased and even deeply grateful for having safe spaces in which to bring his or her questions, doubts, fears, and concerns. I'm excited about hosting "Skeptical" because I've grown as a ...

4/3/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

April 04, 2016
Bart Garrett
Date: 4/3/2016 Series: Resurrection Revolution Title: Revolution against Popular History Speaker: Bart Garrett Text: Acts 13:13-33a Reflection Quotes: “The book of Acts...is full of the energy and excitement of the early Christians as they found God doing new things all over the place and learned to take the good news of Jesus around the world. It’s also full of the puzzles and problems that churches faced then and face today – crises over leadership, money, ethnic divisions, theology and ethics, not to mention serious clashes ...