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Jesus’ blessing of the “persecuted for righteousness’s sake” has been used to justify harmful theology and ecclesiology for as long as we’ve been making meaning of The Beatitudes. What did it mean to be persecuted in Jesus’ context? What does it mean for us now?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd and Lindsley in Nash…
 
In Matthew 5, Jesus blesses peacemakers, stating they will be called “children of God.” Our interpretation of peace is often incomplete, missing some of the important context Jesus’ audience would have had. What is a peacemaker? How do we define peace? What does it meant to be called children of God?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and…
 
When we hear Jesus’s blessing of the “pure in heart”, it can be easy to read our own context(s) into a Beatitude with broader implications. What does it mean to be “pure in heart?” What is the promise being made here?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, and we stream live on YouTube at 10:30…
 
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Jesus’s affirmation of mercy speaks to more than just a way of thinking—it’s an embodied way of being. What does it mean to be merciful, and what is the promise being made in this Beatitude?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, and we s…
 
Jesus pronounced a blessing on all who “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Through the lens of a Christianity where sinless-ness is equated with righteousness, it can be easy to lose sight of the radical call to justice reflected in this Beatitude. How do we make sense of it in context?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT…
 
“Blessed are the meek.” We inhabit a world skeptical of meekness, one that equates gentleness and humility with weakness. How do we embody Jesus’ blessing of the meek and bring God’s kin-dom to bear in our world?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, and we stream live on YouTube at 10:30AM CT…
 
“Blessed are those who mourn.” Last week, we studied the meaning of Jesus’ pronouncements of “blessing” in their context and significance. This week, we’ll look into one of his first blessings. If God is with and for us, what does it mean to be “blessed” in our grief and mourning?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd a…
 
“Blessed are the _____.” The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 are familiar to many, even those without a faith background. What did it mean for Jesus to pronounce these blessings, and how might our understanding of blessedness change in light of his teachings?All are welcome to join us each Sunday at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, and …
 
The Great Commission has been used to justify the Church’s active and complicit participation in colonization, genocide, and so much more. What did this final charge mean to those who first heard it, and what does it mean for us today?GracePointe is expanding back into in-person gatherings on Sunday, June 6th! All are welcome to join us at 9AM and …
 
Many of us are familiar with the story of Jesus casting out demon[s] who send a herd of pigs to their doom. What we may be missing is the significance of this story to those who first heard and experienced it.GracePointe is expanding back into in-person gatherings on Sunday, June 6th! All are welcome to join us at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd and Lind…
 
Jesus’s interaction with the rich young ruler is yet another subversive story from the Gospels. How do our experiences and assumptions shape our view of this story? We’re excited to have Leadership Council member Lauren Thoman joining Pastor Josh Scott for a discussion this week!GracePointe is expanding back into in-person gatherings on Sunday, Jun…
 
The Parable of the Talents is one of Jesus’ more famous parables. These enigmatic stories are subversive, and as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, it can be easy to miss the point. What does this parable mean for us?GracePointe is expanding back into in-person gatherings on Sunday, June 6th! All are welcome to join us at 9AM and 10:30AM CT at 3rd…
 
Jesus’ parable about the wedding party has been subject to many different interpretations over the millennia. Assumptions are easily read into this story. How do we approach this famous parable? How can our perspectives limit its impact?GracePointe is expanding back into in-person gatherings on Sunday, June 6th! All are welcome to join us at 9AM an…
 
Many of us are familiar with the Gospel story of the widow who made a contribution of two coins in the Temple. What modern Christian interpretations often unintentionally miss is the profoundly subversive message of this story. What does the story of Jesus and the Widow’s Mite mean? Let’s dive in!To promote the safety of our community and neighbors…
 
In the Gospels, Jesus famously curses a fig tree and proceeds to clear the Temple courts. What does this story mean? How are Jesus’ actions instructive for us today?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Pr…
 
We’re excited to be diving back into Bible Stories for Grownups, this time focusing on the Synoptic Gospels! For week 1 of this series, we’re studying Jesus and the Canaanite Woman—what did this story mean in its time, and what does it mean for us today?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepo…
 
In the wake of the empty tomb, the earliest followers of Jesus were reckoning with a new reality. Who is Jesus? What does this resurrection mean? Where do we go from here? Join us Sunday as we gather virtually for Easter together and ask those same questions, nearly 2,000 years later. What does the resurrection of Christ, the Divine incarnate, mean…
 
The cross was central to the faith and experience of early Christians. Paul even distilled his message into 2 words: Christ crucified. Many of us have understood the cross one way for much of our lives, seeing Jesus’ violent death as atoning for our sin, absorbing God’s punishment on our behalf. How do we look to the cross as Progressive Christians…
 
We’re delighted to have Rev. Tonetta Landis-Aina, pastor of Resurrection City Church in Washington, D.C., joining us as a guest speaker in our gathering!To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Ch…
 
Dr. Pete Enns, author and co-host of "The Bible for Normal People", joins us for a virtual conversation and answers questions asked by listeners.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Christian …
 
This week, we conclude our What is Progressive Christianity series with a round of question and answer! Join us as Pastor Josh takes some time to respond to community questions about faith, the Bible, and more.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every soc…
 
We’re continuing our series What is Progressive Christianity by talking about the way Progressive Christianity might approach eschatology. Eschatology is about the “study of last things.” It’s an area of theology that focuses on the "end times," the ultimate fate of humans and the world, and the “Second Coming” of Jesus.To promote the safety of our…
 
We’re thrilled to have Brian McLaren joining us for our gathering! He speaks on Progressive Christianity’s posture towards other faiths, a subject he discusses at length in his book: "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World".To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, Grace…
 
Throughout Church history, centuries-long schisms have formed over the interpretations and applications of Sacraments—understood as means of grace. What role do Sacraments and practices play when seen through a Progressive Christian lens?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow…
 
For many of us, in the framework we inherited, the gospel was about something that will happen in the future. The question that often sums this up is, “What would happen if you died tonight?” This Sunday, we’re asking, “What is the gospel through a Progressive Christian lens?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathe…
 
Progressive Christians can sometimes have an awkward, tense relationship with the Bible. Since we leave behind a perspective that sees it divinely dictated, we can more plainly see that there are especially problematic texts with which we must reckon. With that in mind, what do we do with the Bible?To promote the safety of our community and neighbo…
 
The way we begin a story matters—the beginning gives shape to everything that comes after it. The beginning point many of us were given is that to be human is to be a problem that has to be solved. How does Progressive Christianity start the story differently?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at g…
 
Metaphors are an important part of our faith journeys. In terms like deconstruction or reconstruction, we find effective ways of communicating our experiences. At the same time, metaphors can be limiting. What purpose do metaphors serve in Progressive Christianity?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online…
 
Last week, we launched our brand new series by discussing the second half of our Progressive Christian label, identifying as radical Christians committed to the way of Christ. This week, we’re diving into the first part, asking “Why Are We Progressive?”To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepoi…
 
So, what is Progressive Christianity? Join us as we launch a brand new series for a brand new year asking the very same question! We'll be diving into a variety of concepts over the next few weeks, growing and learning together.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepoi…
 
Join us as we observe Epiphany and celebrate the arrival of a new year!To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Christian content, and text "GracePointe" to 77977 to become a sustaining supporter …
 
Christmas Eve is a moment filled with possibility and hope. How does Christmas provide us an opportunity to see and understand God as well as our relationship to the Jesus story?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular u…
 
We use the language of love to describe a lot, especially as a guiding ethic for how we engage the world. This final week in Advent is themed on Love—what did this idea mean for the people of Jesus’ day, and what does it mean for us?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gra…
 
The famous words of the angels to the shepherds offered good tidings of great joy for all people. What does this mean? What did it mean to the shepherds?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Ch…
 
We hear peace on earth in carols and in the Gospel narratives of the birth of Jesus, yet it’s hard not to consider that—in the 2,000 years since the angels are said to have uttered those words—we’ve not seen this realized. Peace on earth? Let’s dive in.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepoi…
 
This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent! We're also beginning a brand new series today, believing Christmas can [still] change the world.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Christian conten…
 
Guest speaker Dr. Diana Butler Bass, a brilliant theologian, scholar, and preacher, joins us for a powerful message on gratitude as a value to embody.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Chris…
 
For many of us, the concept of humility has been closely related to humiliation. How do we begin to reframe the value of humility in a Progressive Christian context?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Pr…
 
What does it mean to be authentic? Inherent to our journey and work as Progressive Christians is the belief that honesty and authenticity make each of us better. Community member Corey Dandridge (he/him) joins Pastor Josh Scott for week 5 of our Let Us Be Series.To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online a…
 
For many of us, curiosity was discouraged in our faith journeys. Being curious might have been considered a path to doubt or even disbelief. At GracePointe, we believe in being curious. How do we lean into and embody this value as a community?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. F…
 
What does it mean to have courage? How can we be a courageous people in a world that rewards complacency and the status quo?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updates and Progressive Christian content, and text "Gr…
 
For week 2 of our Let Us Be Series, we’re exploring the embodiment of a key value in our community: love. How can we be love? What does this mean for us, even in a pandemic?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular update…
 
It’s worth asking: How do our values align with our actions? How do we be what we claim to believe? This week, we're so excited to start a brand new series: Let Us Be — Embodying Our Values! To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform …
 
We’re so excited to welcome a special guest speaker today: Brian McLaren! @brian_mclaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”—just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. To promote the safety of…
 
This week, we’re wrapping up our Bible Stories for Grown-Ups series with the story of Daniel: Resisting Empire. Maybe you grew up with the flannel-graph or even the Veggietales version—what does this story mean in its ancient Hebrew context?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Fol…
 
Though slightly more obscure than some of its textual counterparts, the Hebrew Bible story of Naaman the Syrian has an important contextual lesson both for the audience of the time and for us. What does a post-critical lens have to say?We're also grateful for a performance from GracePointe friend Ben Grace! Check out his art at https://www.bengrace…
 
The story of Jonah reads a bit like a tragedy mixed with a comedy. What does a post-critical, contextualized view of this ancient Jewish story have to say to the world today?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every social media platform for regular updat…
 
Much of the messaging and nuance in the Hebrew Bible story of Ruth is lost in a pre-critical reading of Scripture. How can we see this powerful narrative in a new, post-critical light as Progressive Christians?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePointe is gathering online at gracepointe.net. Follow @gracepointetn on every soc…
 
The story of Samson and his context as one of many “judges” in the story of the Israelites holds a lot of meaning, much of which can be lost in the flattened, pre-critical view so many Christians hold. What might an integrated, post-critical lens reveal in this ancient Hebrew Bible story?To promote the safety of our community and neighbors, GracePo…
 
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