Sharing from his own life regrets and from the work of Dr. Mirsolav Volf, Kyle encourages us that the magnetic and powerful life Jesus leads us into is found in choosing embrace over exclusion, in choosing self-sacrifice over others-sacrifice, and in resisting the power our in-group loyalty tests have over us.
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BLV’s resident Spiritual Director gives us a crash course in hearing God’s voice by sharing from his life and unpacking three different historical perspectives on how to listen to God: Protestant, Catholic, and Charismatic.
Kyle continues our series unpacking the helpfulness of the Bible when it’s approached thoughtfully. This week: why we don’t read poetry like its prose, why we shouldn’t read the first 11 of chapters of Genesis like a history textbook, and how the various writings in the Bible come alive when we ask the right questions of them.
Connection with people different from us is something we think matters immensely if we want the deep, full life Jesus modeled and taught. But how is that is even possible in today's world without ending up "standing for nothing"? We think it's by standing for the Respectful Conversation.
In its more innocuous forms, tribalism is a Cubs fan's dislike of White Sox fans. But tribalism is the story of us all in much more high stakes ways. How can we fight the tendency to see the world as "us vs. them" (and help curb its horrible consequences)?
The surprising way an episode of Parks & Rec speaks to the story of Cain and Abel, and might help us all become less judgmental, more connecting people.
Maybe all of life's choices can be helpfully understood in terms of the ancient image from the book of Genesis: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil vs. the tree of life.
Perhaps nothing shapes our identity more in American culture than what we "do"... Work can form who we are in healthy ways, but how can we avoid the unhealthy ways work forms who we are?
Third in the series: Could faith help us see the amazing in life?
Third in the series: A God for everyone