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  • A God and a People Who Hear Our Hearts, Our Hurts, Our Truth (March 17, 2019)


    A God and a People Who Hear Our Hearts, Our Hurts, Our Truth / March 17, 2019

    Brad Jersak talks about: 1. the God who sees and hears our hearts, our hurts and our truth (beginning with the story of Hagar and Ishmael); 2. the importance of hearing one’s own heart, hurts and my truth (including how to hear our feelings and respond well); 3. then engaging others to hear their hearts, hurts and truth. The teaching came on the wake of the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand and the heart responses of Jews, Christians and Muslims who share the values of justice, beauty and compassion. The talk culminated with a video testimony of how Andrew Sullivan came out to God and his parents, and a fresh song by Jacob, asking God to show us who we really are.

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    As I have loved you … (March 10, 2019)


    As I have loved you … / March 10, 2019

    Preston Pouteaux gives a great message on how the ways that we perceive the love of God coming to us can affect the ways that we relate with our neighbours. Tofu God, Tetris God, and Two-by-Four God, along with sour candy, are all featured in this life-giving exploration of how much God loves us. This, in turn, becomes the wellspring that allows a rich and true love to flow out from us to the people that we meet.

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    Plain Jesus: The Turnaround (II) – We are the Weak (March 3, 2019)


    Plain Jesus: The Turnaround (II) – We are the Weak / March 3, 2019

    Continuing on from his last talk, Walter Thiessen explores the central role of acknowledging that in one way or another, we are all the weak, the poor, the broken. Salvation is responding to invitation to solidarity with the poor, and true abundance is the experience when this solidarity is manifested generously in a community. (He may also have suggested that spiritual experiences when one is not in solidarity with the poor, may not actually involve Jesus.) At one point in the talk reference was made to our need as communities and nations to be in solidarity with other communities and nations; the example was given of Canada shirking on its commitment to hiring an “ombudsperson” to hold Canadian mining corporations accountable for their actions internationally. You can find information on how to contact your MP about that here. (This action is strongly supported by church groups like Kairos and MCC.)

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