Podcast

Bridgetown Audio Podcast

In Portland as it is in Heaven. All teachings are available to stream and download at bridgetown.church.

Episodes

  • Bridgetown Daily: Prayer & Processing with Christian Dawson

    Jun 03 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: This Is Your Society

    Jun 02 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Psalm 42 & Reign Forever

    Jun 01 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • An Interview with Joshua Becker of becomingminimalist.com

    Jun 01 2020

    John Mark sits down with Joshua Becker, one of the founders of the minimalist movement of the last decade. Josh’s blog was one of the first to hit the internet, and attracts over a million views a month. As a follower of Jesus and former pastor, Joshua is full of insight into the intersection between the way of Jesus and minimalism. You can’t not be inspired by his life story. 

  • The Closet with Joshua Becker

    Jun 01 2020

    A short tutorial from minimalist teacher Joshua Becker, with best practices for simplifying your wardrobe.

  • Living Areas and Bedrooms with Joshua Becker

    Jun 01 2020

    A short tutorial from minimalist teacher Joshua Becker, with best practices for simplifying your living areas and bedrooms. 

  • Kitchen, Bathrooms, and Laundry with Joshua Becker

    Jun 01 2020

    A short tutorial from minimalist teacher Joshua Becker, with best practices for simplifying the workrooms of your house - the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry.

  • Simplicity of Apparel

    Jun 01 2020

    Part 4 of the series "Simplicity" as part of Practicing The Way. We humans have a surpassingly complex, emotional relationship to clothing. Behind the excess, waste, and vanity of modern fashion is an ancient biblical story in which clothing is a response to sin and shame. A strategy to mask our deepest fear - that we cannot be loved as we are. It comes as no surprise that the New Testament writers warn of the many ways that clothing can cause distraction and division in Jesus’ community of love...more

  • Bridgetown Evening: Psalm 51

    May 31 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Morning: Psalm 16

    May 30 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Numbering Our Days

    May 29 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Pete Hughes of King's Cross Church

    May 28 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Christian Dawson of Northwest University

    May 27 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: A Liturgy For Those Learning to See Possibility

    May 26 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Ephesians 4v1-2 & “Keep the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace”

    May 25 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Simplicity of Speech

    May 25 2020

    Part 3 of the series "Simplicity" as part of Practicing The Way. We explore the ancient Christian practice of simplicity of speech, a disciplined attempt to talk like Jesus. And not talk like Jesus. To become aware of all the ways we utilize speech to manipulate people to do or think what we want them to do or think. By learning to embrace silence, we deepen our confidence in God.

  • Bridgetown Evening: Psalm 27

    May 24 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Morning: Psalm 33

    May 23 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Accepting Reality as a Path to Peace

    May 22 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post From Jonny and Amy Hughes of Trinity Church

    May 21 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Having Compassion for Our Compulsions

    May 20 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Love Came Down

    May 19 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: John 10, Psalm 23, & Jesus as Pastor

    May 18 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Simplicity of Heart

    May 18 2020

    Part 2 of the series "Simplicity" as part of Practicing The Way. We begin our exploration of the practice of simplicity with what previous followers of Jesus called “simplicity of heart.” It’s not enough to simplify our possessions, we must simplify around something (or someone). And what you center your life on will define who you become, for better or worse.

  • Bridgetown Evening: Psalm 73

    May 17 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Morning: Psalm 148

    May 16 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Sabbath Meditation on How to “Live Rightly in This Season of Our Lives”

    May 15 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Strahan Coleman of Commoners Communion

    May 14 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: God as Trinity

    May 13 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: David & "The One Who Bursts Through"

    May 12 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Quiet & “What the Trinity is Like on the Inside”

    May 11 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • The Propaganda of More

    May 11 2020

    Part 1 of the series "Simplicity". As part of Practicing the Way. We live with a nagging sense that we never have enough – enough time in the day or money in the bank. We feel torn in multiple directions. Tired of low-grade fatigue. Behind on everything. Beset by constant distraction. We all know the cliché that “the most important things in life aren’t things” is true, and yet time and again we fall for advertising’s ploy. Is there a practice from the way of Jesus that could set our heart free ...more

  • Bridgetown Evening: Psalm 17

    May 10 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Morning: Psalm 145

    May 09 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Daena Dooley of Genesis Collective

    May 08 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Chris Wienand of Genesis Collective

    May 07 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Hemolele, Holy

    May 06 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Christian Dawson of Northwest University

    May 05 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Fatigue & A Place to Stand Still

    May 04 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Holy Uncertainty

    May 04 2020

    From the series, "House to House". In times of great uncertainty and trauma, we can feel powerless, and our default tendency is to grasp for control. That is antithetical to the faith, hope and love of the way of Jesus. We end our series of pastoral words with a teaching on “holy uncertainty,” and a vision for the coming season in the confusing in-between. This coming year in the desert could be the defining moment for our church, and set the stage for our future.

  • Bridgetown Evening: Psalm 139

    May 03 2020

    Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Morning: Psalm 23

    May 02 2020

    When morning dawns and evening fades, we want to call forth songs of joy that center us on God. Listen along to the Bridgetown Morning & Evening Podcast for weekly songs of worship, meditations on scripture, and reflections on liturgy. Look forward to new episodes coming every Saturday, with one in the morning and one in the evening.

  • Bridgetown Daily: The Blessing

    May 01 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Tyler Staton of Trinity Grace Church

    Apr 30 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Philippians 2v6-8 & Limits and the Way of Love

    Apr 29 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 1 Thessalonians 4v11-12 & A Quiet Life

    Apr 28 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Psalm 131 & The Sound of Quiet

    Apr 27 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • COVID-19 as Crucible

    Apr 27 2020

    The metaphor of a crucible has long been used for the role that trials play in our spiritual formation. As far back as 1 Peter, writers have used the art of metallurgy as a word picture of the potential that trials have to forge us into people of love. In this teaching we explore the idea of COVID-19 and the stay home order as a crucible for our interpersonal relationship and hear from multiple leaders in our church about navigating relationships in this unique time.

  • Bridgetown Daily: He’s in the Waiting

    Apr 23 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Jon Tyson of Church of the City NY

    Apr 23 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Romans 5v1-3 & “Endurance That Leads to Transformation.”

    Apr 22 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 2 Corinthians 1v3-9 & “This Happened That We Might Not Rely on Ourselves”

    Apr 21 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Hebrews 12v7-11 & “Endure Hardship as Discipline”

    Apr 20 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Hope in a Time of Disappointment

    Apr 20 2020

    From the series, "House to House." In this follow up teaching to Easter, we explore the symbiotic relationship between grief and hope, in Paul’s language to the church in Thessaly: “You do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” It’s easy to see our church and world are grieving right now, but harder to see what hope looks like in a time of the Coronavirus. But a biblical theology of hope is the fuel for our hearts in this trying time.

  • Transitions, Grief, & Loss: Pt. 1

    Apr 19 2020

    In light of our current moment, we know that many are facing new, relational, emotional and spiritual realities. Life in quarantine, social distancing, and all that comes with it is multifaceted and complex. In this one-off podcast, we offer our best in-house resources around transitions grief and loss.

  • Transitions, Grief, & Loss: Pt. 2

    Apr 19 2020

    In light of our current moment, we know that many are facing new, relational, emotional and spiritual realities. Life in quarantine, social distancing, and all that comes with it is multifaceted and complex. In this one-off podcast, we offer our best in-house resources around transitions, grief, and loss.

  • Transitions, Grief, & Loss: Pt. 3

    Apr 19 2020

    In light of our current moment, we know that many are facing new, relational, emotional and spiritual realities. Life in quarantine, social distancing, and all that comes with it is multifaceted and complex. In this one-off podcast, we offer our best in-house resources around transitions, grief, and loss.

  • Bridgetown Daily: A Sabbath Walking Meditation

    Apr 17 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Evan & Sandy Wickham of Park Hill Church

    Apr 16 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Living in Holy Integration

    Apr 15 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Living in the Eternal Now

    Apr 14 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Living in Holy Uncertainty

    Apr 13 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • The Living Voice

    Apr 13 2020

    For Easter 2020, we explore the writer John’s vision of the risen Jesus in Revelation 1, and Jesus’ two commands to not fear, and to look. We discover that the most basic posture of a disciple of Jesus is listening to and looking at Jesus.

  • An interview with Tristen Collins, L.P.C, on grief, trauma, and why emotions matter in an age of COVID-19

    Apr 10 2020

    We sit down with Tristen Collins, a trauma therapist and co-author of Why Emotions Matter. Does what we are experiencing quality as trauma? What’s the difference between trauma and grief? How do we surrender to the process of grief and come out the other side whole? We explore all this and more in this one off episode.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Gethsemane Prayer

    Apr 10 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Bryan Rouanzoin of The Garden

    Apr 09 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Imaginative Prayer

    Apr 08 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Welcoming Prayer

    Apr 07 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Breath Prayer

    Apr 06 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • The Discipline of Notice

    Apr 06 2020

    From the series "House to House." We often miss what we are not focused on. Undoubtedly, in light of this pandemic, our focus has shifted both as a culture and as individuals. Now more than ever, our attention has become one of our greatest commodities, which means there is an opportunity before us to learn to notice what is happening in and around us in new ways. For millennia the Church has put this reality into practice through a practice called the Discipline of Notice. This discipline that ...more

  • Exploring Our Rule of Life

    Apr 03 2020

    In this one off episode, we have a relaxed conversation around the ten practices in Bridgetown’s recommended rule of life for the stay at home order. We also explore the origins of a rule of life in church history, offer a short synopsis of our recent teaching series on the same subject, and talk about how to stay grounded in God in an anxious time.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Matthew 6v10 & “Active Acceptance”

    Apr 03 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Guest Post from Dave Lomas of Reality SF

    Apr 02 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Abba Moses & “Stay in Your Cell and It Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know.”

    Apr 01 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 2 Corinthians 4v17 & “Our Light and Momentary Troubles”

    Mar 31 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Jesus & "The Discipline of Notice"

    Mar 30 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • How to Be Alone

    Mar 30 2020

    From the series "House to House." The COVID-19 shutdown is a kind of involuntary desert. A time of quiet and isolation and stripping away. Yet in a culture of the “extroverted ideal,” many of us simply do not know how to be alone. In this teaching we explore a theology of the desert from the life of Jesus and consider it’s potential for our spiritual formation.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 2 Corinthians 6v10 & “Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing”

    Mar 27 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Lent & "Facing the Reality of Our Mortality"

    Mar 26 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 1 Peter 5v7, Jesus Lifts Our Burdens

    Mar 25 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Colossians 3v15-17 & "Gratitude as the Antidote to Anxiety"

    Mar 24 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: C.S. Lewis on How to Live Under the Threat of the Atomic Bomb

    Mar 23 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • A Kairos Moment

    Mar 23 2020

    From the series "House to House". We’re living through what the writer Paul calls a “Kairos” moment, a key junction point in time, and our response to it will determine the future. It’s long been said that ever crisis is an opportunity. True. But it’s also a vulnerability. In this teaching, we explore four opportunities in the COVID19 shutdown, as well as their corresponding vulnerabilities. And we lay out a recommenced rule of life for the coming season of virtual community.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 2 Chronicles 36v21 & "The Chance to Sabbath"

    Mar 20 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: 2 Corinthians 10v3-5 & How to “Take Captive Every Thought”

    Mar 19 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: James 4v14-17 & "The Danger of Plans Without God"

    Mar 18 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: "St. Patrick‘s Breastplate Prayer”

    Mar 17 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Bridgetown Daily: Rev 1v17-18, "I Hold the Keys to Death and Hades"

    Mar 16 2020

    A daily meditation on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace.

  • Five Practices for Becoming a Non-Anxious Presence

    Mar 15 2020

    From the series "House to House." With Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported in the greater Portland area, local officials have placed a restriction on public gatherings. So we are excited to introduce our new church initiative called "House to House." Listen along as John Mark Comer teaches from the Gospel of Matthew about following the way of love as we seek to be a non-anxious presence in a cultural moment of anxiety, and to love and care for those in our community.

  • Take Up Your Cross

    Mar 10 2020

    From the Series "Gospel of Matthew." In a culture of hedonism, digital instant gratification, and postmodern propaganda, Jesus’ call to deny your self and take up for your cross sounds bizarre. But in yielding control to God in trusting love, we enter the kingdom. At first this sounds hard, but what if control is actually an illusion? What if yielding is actually the path to freedom and joy?

  • Who Do You Say I Am?

    Mar 01 2020

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In this teaching from chapter 16, we explore Jesus’ famous question, Who do you say that I am? As well as the background of the city of Caesarea Philippi as the city of the Greek god Pan and his gate to Hades. We imagine living a world where Jesus is far more than just a rabbi, and as a result, we move from fear to faith.

  • Sign Seeking & Scarcity Mindset

    Feb 24 2020

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus critiques the religious leaders for asking for a sign and urgently warns his disciples not to fall into their way of thinking, lest it take over their mind and keep them from discipleship.

  • Bring Us Home

    Feb 17 2020

    From the Series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus heals the sick and feeds over four thousand people. On first read, it seems as if Matthew is reiterating what he has shown about Jesus already, but as we look closer we see that there is more to this encounter and to Jesus than meets the eye.   Taught by Christian Dawson of Northwest University

  • The Bible Put to Memory

    Feb 09 2020

    Part 5 of the series "Scripture", as part of Practicing the Way. There’s no doubt the scripture played a central and essential role in both Jesus’ life and ministry. For Jesus, scripture was not as much tool, instrument, or weapon as it was part of how he viewed and interacted with both God and the world. As apprentices of Jesus, if we want to live into the fullness of the Kingdom and what God is doing in and around us – we too must be people who know and have the scriptures in us.

  • The Bible as Spiritual Authority

    Feb 02 2020

    Part 4 of the series "Scripture", as part of Practicing the Way. We finally come to the tricky subject of biblical authority. What is authority? Where did the Western fear of authority come from? What does it mean to say the Bible is authoritative when most of it is a story? And it has contradictory commands? We explore all this and more as we pursue reading the Bible as an act of trust in Jesus and his mental maps to reality. 

  • The Bible as Meditation Literature

    Jan 26 2020

    Part 3 of the series "Scripture", as part of Practicing the Way. We get frustrated with the Bible when we approach it as an encyclopedia—an entirely literal, linear one-size-fits-all manual for life in the modern world, but the Bible wasn't designed as a convenient reference manual or a textbook. The Bible describes itself as a library designed for a lifetime of ongoing meditation. For this, the way of Jesus proposes the ancient spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina.    Taught by Josh Porter of ...more

  • The Bible as an Alternative Story

    Jan 19 2020

    Part 2 of the series "Scripture", as part of Practicing the Way. All humans beings live by a story, a narrative by which we make sense of the big questions of life – who are we? Why are we here? What’s wrong? How do we fix it? The story we live in, is the story we live out. It comes as no surprise that most of the Bible is narrative, and that together it tells a unified story that leads us to Jesus. Scripture functions as an alternative story to the many narratives of our soul and society, and c...more

  • Can We Trust the Bible?

    Jan 12 2020

    Part 1 of the series "Scripture", as part of Practicing the Way. In our intro teaching to the scripture practice, we approach the Bible not as critics and defenders, but as apprentices of Jesus. We explore the idea that posture is more important than technique in reading the Bible. It’s less about information and more about our spiritual formation. When read with the right heart posture, that of openness and yieldedness to God, scripture becomes one of the primary means by which the Spirit of Je...more

  • A Long Form Interview with Pete Scazzero

    Jan 08 2020

    Listen to an interview with Pete Scazzero, founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, and founder of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, a groundbreaking ministry that transform churches through multiplying deeply changed disciples and leaders. He is also the author of a number of bestselling books, including The Emotionally Healthy Leader and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Along with his wife, Geri, he is also the author of The Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Course that is be...more

  • Canaanites & Bread Crumbs

    Jan 05 2020

    In this passage, Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman looking for mercy. Instead of compassion and help, she’s met with silence and a cold shoulder. Yet, she persists and in a bizarre turn of events, Jesus changes his mind and heals her daughter.

  • The Heart is a Sewer

    Dec 29 2019

    Jesus constantly frustrated the religious leaders of his day by challenging their legalistic adherence to the Scriptures. Today Jesus frustrates his modern-day disciples by challenging any hesitation to take the Scriptures seriously.  Taught by Josh Porter of Van City Church

  • Hope at Christmas

    Dec 22 2019

    At Christmas, apprentices of Jesus celebrate his first coming. We tell the story of the manger; a story we know well. But often it is that reality that keeps us from truly experiencing its message. The story of the manger is about much more than a baby being born; it is a story of promises fulfilled, darkness being overcome, and peace having the final word.

  • Joy: Part 2

    Dec 15 2019

    Part 8 of the series "Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. This week we continue our two-part teaching on joy as we explore the question, How do we become more joyful? We have far more agency than we realize when it comes to living a happy life. With that agency comes responsibility before God to “rejoice.” We do this through the spiritual discipline of celebration.

  • Joy: Part 1

    Dec 08 2019

    Part 7 of the series "Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. The twentieth century spiritual director Evelyne Underhill once said, “The spirit of Joy and the spirit of Hurry cannot live in the same house.” In part one of this two-part teaching, we explore a biblical theology of joy, and all the ways it is incompatible with hurry.

  • Fast Fashion & Blood Money

    Dec 02 2019

    Our annual lecture on shopping habits and how they affect human rights and the environment. Taught by Josh Porter of Van City Church.

  • The Power of Margin in a World Without Limits

    Dec 01 2019

    Part 6 of the series "Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. Most of us live with low-grade fatigue, depression, stress, and a feeling of chronic burnout that rarely goes away. Tired is the new normal. The concept of margin – the space between our load and our limits – is alien in a secular world that is obsessed with time and efficiency, but has no vision of eternity. In this teaching we explore a biblical theology of limits, as well as the practice of simplicity as a w...more

  • Sabbath Summit

    Nov 24 2019

    Part 5 of the series "Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. Ultimately nothing in this life, apart from God, can satisfy our desires. But tragically we continue to chase desire in a chronic state of restlessness, coupled with underlying anxiety driving us increasingly into a life of hurry. In this teaching we take a look at sabbath as a means to fight hurry and tap into the deep soul rest Jesus offers.

  • The Power of Quiet in a World of Noise

    Nov 17 2019

    Part 4 of the series "Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. Richard Foster once said, “Our adversary, the devil, majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds.” It’s not just the hurry of the modern, secular world that’s at odds with the life we crave, but the noise. For millennia, master teachers of the way of Jesus have said that silence and solitude are indispensable to the spiritual life. In this teaching, we explore the practice and power of quiet in a world tha...more

  • The Case for a Digital Asceticism

    Nov 10 2019

    Part 3 of the series " Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. The odds are high that even if we come up with a healthy, wise, thoughtful rule of life, our digital devices will likely sabotage our best intentions. In this teaching we make the case for a digital asceticism, or a digital rule of life, as well as explore the key role attention plays in our spiritual formation.

  • Developing a Rule of Life

    Nov 03 2019

    Part 2 of the series " Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. Jesus said the secret to experiencing the life and joy He has for us is to “abide in the vine.” But how do we do this in the day and age of smartphones and news alerts and urban noise and the demands of adulthood? The answer from the ancient church is to develop a rule of life. In this teaching we explore this ancient, yet incredibly helpful idea.

  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

    Oct 27 2019

    Part 1 of the series " Unhurrying with a Rule of Life", as part of Practicing the Way. Dallas Willard once called hurry, “the great enemy of spiritual life in our day,” and said followers of Jesus (who was rarely, if ever, in a hurry) must “ruthlessly eliminate hurry.” In this teaching, we kick off our fall practice with the pyscho-spiritual case against hurry as incompatible with love, and touch on the ancient practice of a rule of life as a way to slow down to the speed of love.

  • Generous Living

    Oct 20 2019

    Generosity is a lifestyle. In this teaching, we explore how to leverage all that we have been given for God‘s kingdom even in the age to come.   This teaching began with a video on the theology of generosity from The Bible Project. Watch the video here.

  • Becoming People of Generosity

    Oct 13 2019

    The cultural current of our day moves us on a trajectory toward greed, materialism, hurry, and discontentment. But Jesus said that generosity is the key to living a happy, content, free life. In this teaching, we explore Jesus’ teaching in Luke 11 on generosity and the inner architecture of our hearts.  

  • Becoming People of Love

    Oct 06 2019

    “Love is the acid test of spiritual formation.” If the telos of the spiritual journey is to become the kind of people who receive and give the love of God, the question is, How do we become people who are pervaded by love? In this annual update to our learnings around spiritual formation, we explore a very simple idea and practice that has the potential to transform us into people of love.  

  • How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People

    Sep 29 2019

    Even when we're asking God for what we want, we're giving him what he wants: our heats. In this teaching, we learn practical steps on a lifelong, and life-giving practice; Prayer Taught by Pete Greig (Emmaus Rd. & 24-7 Prayer)

  • Telling Others in this Cultural Moment

    Sep 22 2019

    How do we tell others about Jesus with confidence and without fear in an increasingly hostile culture? Taught by Ger Jones of Vintage Church

  • Special Announcement: Building Campaign Update

    Sep 16 2019

    We are over half way into our building campaign and continue to be so encouraged by your generosity. Since the campaign began, our church has given more than ever before. We are confident that God is at work in the hearts of our church family. Our goal is to raise $3 million by December, 2019 for the purchase of Holladay Park Church of God, in Northeast Portland. And with $1 million already in savings from previous years of giving, our hope was to pay for all the needed renovations within that s...more

  • Vision Sunday

    Sep 15 2019

    In our annual vision series, we lay out a paradigm for what it means to apprentice under Jesus. To follow Jesus is to organize your entire life around three goals: to be with Jesus, to become like Jesus, and do what Jesus would do if he were you. This is our vision of practicing the way of Jesus, together.

  • The Heart of a Disciple

    Sep 08 2019

    What does the heart of a disciple look like? It is the heart to die to self and leave the resurrection up to God. Jesus not only lives this lifestyle but teaches us to have it by giving us the metaphor of pruning and producing fruit in John 15. It is God's desire that we bear fruit, as he is glorified by it and heaven comes through it. Taught by Alex Rhettmann of Saints Hill Church

  • Jesus on Becoming a Non-Anxious Presence

    Sep 01 2019

    In this well known, but often missed-out-on story of Jesus walking on the water, we notice the writer Matthew’s key insights from Jesus life and teaching about to become a “non-anxious presence” in a world caught in a vicious cycle of anxiety. We have faith and release control.

  • Jesus and the Five Thousand

    Aug 25 2019

    Facing rejection and grief Jesus retreats from the busyness of his work to find a quiet place to be alone. When he gets there he's faced, not by silence, but by need. What can we as modern disciples of Jesus learn from one strange story of how Jesus turns a little bit of food into a lot more?

  • Severed Heads & Phony Kings

    Aug 18 2019

    In the middle of Matthew's biography of Jesus, we learn the awful fate of John the Baptist. If this is what happens to the one who prepares the way for the Messiah, what will happen to the Messiah himself? This haunting story acts as an enduring reminder that the way of Jesus will always be an affront to the powers that be.

  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Aug 11 2019

    Part 5 from the series "Community", as part of Practicing the Way. Dave Lomas teaches from the life of Mary, the wisdom of Proverbs, and the 9th Commandment: “Do not give false testimony.” In this we learn one of the foundational practices for emotionally healthy relationships - the need to stop mind reading and start clarifying expectations. 

  • Trinity & Hospitality

    Aug 04 2019

    Part 4 from the series "Community", as part of Practicing the Way. We are relational beings because we are created in the image of a relational God. As we look at how God Father, Son, and Spirit relate to one another we learn about how true community is marked by hospitality. 

  • A Community of Honor in a Culture of Contempt

    Jul 28 2019

    Part 3 from the series "Community", as part of Practicing the Way. For most Westerners, honor is a foreign concept. Ours is a culture of sarcasm, irreverence, ungrateful entitlement, of “othering” – a culture of contempt. In this teaching we explore Paul’s command to “honor one another above yourselves,” and just how life-changing (and life-bringing) it could be for our community.

  • One of Jesus’ Most Radical Ideas: Family

    Jul 21 2019

    Part 2 from the series "Community", as part of Practicing the Way. Jesus likened his community to a family. At first this sounds nice and even sentimental, but this was actually one of Jesus’ most radical ideas, one that got him killed. It was radical in the first century, and it’s just as radical in the 21st century. In this teaching we discover why.

  • Jesus' Call to Community

    Jul 14 2019

    Part 1 from the series "Community", as part of Practicing the Way. We kick off our summer practice with a teaching on the fallout of individualism in the Western world – loneliness, and its dark twin: tribalism. Is there a practice from the way of Jesus that would set us up to live in a rich web of relationships where we grow and mature into Christlikeness? Yes, it’s community, Jesus’ school of love.

  • The Inevitability of Rejection

    Jul 07 2019

    When Jesus returns to the familiarity of his home and his family he is met not with a celebratory welcome, but with skepticism and rejection. The divisive nature of Jesus’ person and teachings serves as both warning and encouragement for all who would follow in his footsteps: Rejection is inevitable.

  • The Wheat & the Weed Wackers

    Jun 30 2019

    Throngs of people crowded around Jesus on a lakeshore. The question on their minds was, “what is the coming Kingdom going to be like?” Jesus’ answer is surprising, frustrating, and seemingly foolish: God’s rule is like good people and bad people growing together.

  • The Four Soils

    Jun 23 2019

    Matthew 13 begins a series of teachings of parables. These common stories are meant to surprise us and invite us to re-evaluate our lives from the ground up. Jesus begins his parabolic teachings with a story about a farmer sowing seed, encouraging his audience to think and re-think whether or not they have truly heard the message of the kingdom.

  • Case Study: Rachel & Leah

    Jun 16 2019

    Part 10 from the series "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship" as part of Practicing the Way. We end our spring practice on stage theory with a case study from the story of Rachel and Leah. At first glance, it’s just a story about patriarchy and sex and power dynamics in family, but upon closer inspection, we realize it’s actually story about the ideas from the last two months of teaching – first and second half of life, the wall, the dark night, and the tragedy of what happens when people don’t ...more

  • The Dark Night of the Soul Pt. 2

    Jun 09 2019

    Part 9 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. In this follow up teaching on the dark night of the soul, we explore St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila’s paradigm of the “dark night of the senses” and the “dark night of the spirit,” and they fit into the ancient stage theory paradigm of the “three ways.” Whether you agree with their view or not, and regardless of whether you’re in a dark night, or a season of the felt-presence of God, the ...more

  • The Dark Night of the Soul

    Jun 02 2019

    Part 8 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. At some point in the spiritual journey, we come to what St. John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul” – a season in which our experience of God feels more like absence than presence. God intentionally withdraws the felt-sense of his presence to do a work of purgation and preparation for a deeper intimacy. But few of us have a category of this, so we misdiagnosis the phenomena and often run a...more

  • Second Half of Life Spirituality

    May 26 2019

    Part 7 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. America is a first half of life culture. As a result, most of our spirituality focuses on the first half and very little is offered about how to navigate the shifts that occur during the second half of life. In this teaching with Morris Dirks we highlight the spiritual challenges as well as the opportunities as we climb the “second mountain.”  It’s never to early to ask the question, “What kind of an ol...more

  • Active & Passive Spirituality

    May 19 2019

    Part 6 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. In this teaching we introduce an ancient paradigm called “active and passive spirituality,” a key idea in spiritual formation that we’ve lost in the modern, Western church. We mature by a combination of practicing the way of Jesus (active spirituality) and accepting the invitations of Jesus in our pain. A key question we must ask daily is: What is Jesus trying to do in my life, and how do I cooperate?

  • Interview with Mike Pilavachi

    May 17 2019

    We sit down to talk Holy Spirit with Mike Pilavachi from Soul Survivor in Watford, UK.

  • First Half / Second Half of Life

    May 12 2019

    Part 5 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. The most basic stage theory paradigm is the two halves of life, which even Jesus gives a nod to in a post-resurrection conversation with Peter. Many find this simple frame of the spiritual journey to be enormously helpful, especially if they are in the arduous middle passage from first to second. In this teaching, we explore the dangers and invitations for us as followers of Jesus in Portland, whether w...more

  • The Critical Journey

    May 05 2019

    Part 4 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. We overview a stage theory paradigm called “The Critical Journey,” a six-stage journey to a life of love. We then talk about getting stuck, transitions, our culture’s conspiracy against the depth and maturity, and the wall.

  • Shema Reimagined

    Apr 28 2019

    Part 3 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. In every stage of our formation journey we must awaken to engage all dimensions of our being. This core truth—rooted in the sacred text from Deuteronomy 6v4—guided the ancient Israelites, and is just as imperative for us to apply to our formation today.

  • The End of the Journey is Love

    Apr 21 2019

    From Easter 2019 and Part 2 of the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship" as part of Practicing the Way. We summarize Bernard of Clairvaux’s stage theory paradigm of love and reiterate that the end goal of the spiritual journey is love. As Paul said, “Now remain these three: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” However, love cannot grow outside the soil of faith and hope, and our Western culture is hemorrhaging both faith (or meaning) and hope. What does the good new...more

  • The Three Ways

    Apr 14 2019

    Part 1 from the series, "Naming Your Stage of Apprenticeship", as part of Practicing the Way. If apprenticeship to Jesus is a journey, is there a map? Or at least some landmarks to navigate by? Have any older, wiser followers of Jesus left behind insights on how to stay on the path? Avoid detours and pitfalls? Continue to progress, and not plateau, or worse, regress? It turns out, the answer is a resounding yes. Since the very beginning of the church, teachers of the way of Jesus have made an at...more

  • Interview with Luke & Anna Hellebronth

    Apr 08 2019

    A sit down conversation with Luke & Anna Hellebronth from Worship Central and Gas Street Church.

  • Question & Response

    Apr 08 2019

    Live Q&R from the Holy Spirit Conference with Luke & Anna Hellebronth, Alan Scott, & John Mark Comer

  • Session 3

    Apr 07 2019

    Session 3 of the 2019 Holy Spirit Conference with special guest Alan Scott from Vinyard Anaheim

  • Session 2

    Apr 06 2019

    Session 2 of the 2019 Holy Spirit Conference with special guest Alan Scott from Vinyard Anaheim

  • Session 1

    Apr 05 2019

    Session 1 of the 2019 Holy Spirit Conference with special guest Alan Scott from Vinyard Anaheim 

  • Seek His Face

    Mar 31 2019

    We begin our Holy Spirit Conference with a call to "seek the face" of God.

  • Big Fish, Queens, & the Family of Jesus

    Mar 24 2019

    The religious leaders challenge Jesus and demand a sign from him. Like them, many of us have asked Jesus for a sign, demanding that he proves himself and that he is worth following. Yet, Jesus’ will not play the leaders games and he will not play ours. Instead, Jesus invites us to draw near, to listen, and embrace the posture of discipleship at his feet.

  • Singleness

    Mar 22 2019

    From the series "God & Sexuality." Author and teacher Jon Tyson leads us through in-depth sessions on how to thoughtfully explore and celebrate the purpose and design for human sexuality.

  • Marriage

    Mar 21 2019

    From the series "God & Sexuality." Author and teacher Jon Tyson leads us through in-depth sessions on how to thoughtfully explore and celebrate the purpose and design for human sexuality.

  • Jesus, Gender, & Trans Community

    Mar 20 2019

    From the series "God & Sexuality." Author and teacher Jon Tyson leads us through in-depth sessions on how to thoughtfully explore and celebrate the purpose and design for human sexuality.

  • Jesus & The Gay Community

    Mar 19 2019

    From the series "God & Sexuality." Author and teacher Jon Tyson leads us through in-depth sessions on how to thoughtfully explore and celebrate the purpose and design for human sexuality.

  • Sexual Formation

    Mar 19 2019

    From the series "God & Sexuality." Author and teacher Jon Tyson leads us through in-depth sessions on how to thoughtfully explore and celebrate the purpose and design for human sexuality.

  • God & Sexuality

    Mar 10 2019

    From the series "God & Sexuality." Human beings are 'narrative animals' – we all live from a story that makes sense of what life is all about. In this teaching, we compare and contrast the secular story of sexuality to the Scripture story, and end with an invitation to trust that Jesus knows better than us what will lead to our deepest happiness.

  • Brood of Vipers

    Mar 03 2019

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus is accused of being a glutton, a drunkard, a criminal, a fake, even an evil sorcerer. What his accusers seem to overlook are the powerful consequences of loose talk. This is more than a little sobering for disciples of Jesus some 2,000 years later. Our words have the power to steward faith in Jesus, or to stamp it out. To lift others up, or to bring them down.

  • Worship: An Adventure in Reality

    Feb 24 2019

    In an age of entertainment & scepticism, where we have been culturally conditioned to simply consume, how do we cultivate biblical habits of worship? This week is an exploration of public & private praise and the ways in which we experience an eternal reality through worship.

  • Stop, Rest, Delight, & Worship

    Feb 17 2019

    Part 7 from the series, "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. As we near the end of our Sabbath series, we finally come to Jesus’ relationship with the seventh day. People often misread Jesus’ teachings on the Sabbath as negative, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Jesus biography, we see him set every seventh day to stop, rest, delight, and worship.

  • A Sabbath Meditation

    Feb 10 2019

    Part 6 from the series, "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. As we are learning about Sabbath, this week we create a restful experience in our Sunday gathering. With Psalm 23 as a framework, we explore what it means to rest with God as our Shepherd.

  • Subversive Sabbath

    Feb 03 2019

    Part 5 from the series, "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. We live in a 24/7 culture of endless productivity, workaholism, distraction, burnout, and anxiety--a way of life to which we've sadly grown accustomed. This tired system of "life" ultimately destroys our souls, our bodies, our relationships, our society, and the rest of God's creation. The whole world grows exhausted because humanity has forgotten to enter into God's rest.

  • Sabbath & Your Humanity

    Jan 27 2019

    Part 4 from the series, "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. In Sabbath we bring to God our whole selves, believing that he meets us where we are. As we acknowledge our humanity and aches, we create space to encounter the God who longs to meet with us.

  • Sabbath as Resistance

    Jan 20 2019

    Part 3 from the series, "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. In a society addicted to the twin drugs of accomplishment and accumulation, the Sabbath is an act of resistance. A way of saying, Enough. Pharaoh and his empire are alive and well. Like the Israelites, we must live into our own Exodus, our own freedom.

  • Sabbath as Rhythm

    Jan 13 2019

    Part 2 from the series, "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. In the Genesis story, God worked for six days, and then he rested on the Sabbath. In doing so, he built a rhythm into the fabric of creation. But over the years, we’ve lost this dynamic interplay between work and rest, to our own peril. As H.H. Farmer said, “If you go against the grain of the universe you get splinters.” In this teaching, we begin to lay out a biblical theology of Sabbath, noting six ideas: 1. The Sabbath is built ...more

  • Rest For Your Soul

    Jan 06 2019

    Part 1 from the series "Sabbath" as part of Practicing the Way. We begin one of the most important practices of Jesus with a big picture look at the restlessness of the human condition, and how it’s exacerbated by the digital age and our consumeristic culture. We contrast that with the restfulness of Jesus, which is more than just a day, but is a spirit we live by all week long.

  • The Story We Crave

    Dec 30 2018

    To be human is to have longings. We long for transcendence, for beauty, for love, and for a story in which we belong; and everyone finds a story to satisfy explain the longings and the world we find ourselves in. Yet, the way of Jesus presents us with the most compelling story of what it means to be human.

  • Part 11: Self-Denial in an Age of Self-Fulfillment

    Dec 16 2018

    From the series "Fighting The World, The Flesh, & The Devil" as part of Practicing The Way. At the center of the way of Jesus is a symbol: the cross. Yet all too often we see it as a sentimental song or piece of jewelry, rather than a way of life. The way to resurrection life has always been through Golgotha death. Self-denial is the entry point to the life of Jesus.

  • Part 10: The Way of the World

    Dec 09 2018

    From the series "Fighting The World, The Flesh, & The Devil" as part of Practicing The Way. Much of what our generation calls “culture,” Jesus and the writers of the Bible call “the world” – a system of ideas, values, practices and social norms that are institutionalized into a culture that is organized around rebellion against God and the redefinition of good and evil. How do we keeping from getting assimilated by the world?

  • Part 9: The Slavery of Freedom: Part 2

    Dec 02 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. In this follow up message on the flesh, we dive deep into the fields of psychology, philosophy, and theology, to see how they add color to Paul’s teaching in Galatians on the law of returns. Our acts and habits of mind and body either sow to the flesh, and reap slavery to sin and death, or the spirit, and yield a character and destiny of life and freedom.

  • Jesus and Women

    Nov 25 2018

    From our annual justice series.

  • Part 8: The Slavery of Freedom: Part 1

    Nov 18 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. In this teaching we lay out a Biblical theology of the flesh, this animalistic, primal drive in all of us, that wars against the Spirit in our heart. We talk Augustine, Freud, evolutionary psychology, coyotes, and the radical redefinition of freedom and slavery in the West. 

  • Special Announcement: Building Campaign

    Nov 18 2018

    A special announcement for those who follow Bridgetown Church.

  • Part 7: Footholds vs Faithfulness

    Nov 11 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. The Devil doesn't overpower or coerce us with his lies, instead he utilizes the seductive allure of influence. The authors of the Scriptures call this "giving the Devil a foothold." As apprentices of Jesus, how should we navigate our life and relationships without opening ourselves to the pull of the enemy? 

  • Part 6: God of Evil

    Nov 04 2018

    From the series "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. Our lives and the world around us are often riddled with all kinds of evil, injustice, and suffering. Is God ever to blame, or is the devil capable of more than just lying? How do we, as apprentices of Jesus, learn to identify the work of the evil one with confidence?

  • Part 5: The Man Who Silenced Satan

    Oct 28 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. Guest speaker, Sarah Deutscher from Red Church in Melbourne, unpacks the humanity of Jesus, the devil's tactics and how we can follow Jesus in spiritual warfare.

  • Part 4: The Devil's Disinformation Campaign

    Oct 21 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. In this teaching, guest speaker Mark Sayers joins us from Red Church in Melbourne, Australia to unpack what the Scriptures mean by "Elemental Forces." 

  • Part 3: God, the “gods”, and the Spiritual Backdrop of the Bible

    Oct 14 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. This audio is taken from a video interview with Dr. Tim Mackie on God, the “gods”, and the spiritual backdrop of the Bible.

  • Part 2: The Truth About Lies

    Oct 07 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. For Jesus, the devil’s primary strategy to ruin the soul and society isn’t what most of us expect. It’s lies. More specifically, it’s deceptive ideas that play to disordered desires that are normalized in a sinful society. In this teaching, we explore how we are transformed by Spirit and truth, and deformed by isolation and lies. And we look to Jesus’ example of spiritual disciplines as spiritual warfare...more

  • Part 1: The Truth About Lies

    Sep 30 2018

    From the series, "Fighting the World, the Flesh, & the Devil" as part of Practicing the Way. The modern, secular world laughs off the idea of the devil as a relic from the pre-scientific age. “Now we know better” is the mantra of the progressive west. And yet, secular theories that attempt to explain evil fall flat of the human experience. For Jesus, there is an invisible but intelligent evil at work in the world, but his primary strategy isn’t what most of us expect. It’s lies. Fighting the dev...more

  • Part 4: Vision Exercises & On Earth as it is in Heaven

    Sep 23 2018

    From our Vision Series 2018. In this teaching we put forward our vision of practicing the way of Jesus, together, in Portland at Bridgetown Church. 

  • Part 3: Vision Sunday

    Sep 17 2018

    From our Vision Series 2018. In this extended version, we kick off with some recommended reading and end with upcoming highlights for the communities at Bridgetown Church. Practicing the way of Jesus is all about creating space for love. Making room to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what he did. In this vision Sunday teaching, we lay out a vision for apprenticeship to Jesus, as well as the year ahead at Bridgetown Church.

  • Part 2: Life of an Apprentice

    Sep 16 2018

    From our Vision Series 2018. Practicing the way of Jesus is all about creating space for love. Making room to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what he did. In this vision Sunday teaching, we lay out a vision for apprenticeship to Jesus, as well as the year ahead at Bridgetown Church.

  • Part 1: Alpha Sunday

    Sep 09 2018

    From our Vision Series 2018, Guest speaker Jason Ballard of Alpha Canada casts vision for how our church can partner together to host those who are seeking. Alpha is structured around an open and informal dialogue about faith, the person of Jesus and what it all means. For those who do not identify as followers of jesus, we want to hear your thoughts and questions as we explore these themes without the pressured atmosphere that usually accompanies these conversations. Come enjoy a meal with good...more

  • A Problem With Tradition

    Sep 02 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." As Jesus continues his work, he stirs up controversy with religious leaders by doing good at the expense of formal rule-keeping. And in normal fashion, Jesus is constantly challenging our desire for a black and white world by offering us something unexpectedly better. What does it mean for us, as disciples of Jesus, to understand the value in tradition without lapsing into ritualism? 

  • Part 8: The Altar and the Table

    Aug 26 2018

    From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. In the last teaching on the practice of eating and drinking, we go back to the Hebrew ideas of animal sacrifice and covenant meals to better understand God's design and intention for communion. Since the fall, God has been longing for intimacy with his creation and through the altar he provided a way to the table. 

  • Part 7: How the Meal Became the Mass

    Aug 19 2018

    From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. The Lord’s supper, communion, the eucharist – whatever you call eating and drinking with God, this practice is at the very center of the church. And yet it’s changed over the years. What started out as a full meal, around a table, in a home, with a spirit of gratitude, joy and celebration, has since become a quiet, contemplative, individualistic meditation on our sin and its cost to Jesus. How did this practice evolve? Or devolv...more

  • Part 6: Dining Room Table Christianity

    Aug 12 2018

    From the Series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. We near the end of our practice of eating and drinking with the third dimension: eating and drinking with God. The Lord’s supper was originally exactly what it sounds like, a supper. A meal around a table with Jesus and his community. This core practice changed the Roman Empire. Could it change our world yet again? 

  • The Secret of the Easy Yoke

    Aug 05 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." As apprentices of Jesus, we are just as capable of following Jesus in some aspects of our lives as we are to completely reject him in others. What does it mean to fully accept the easy yoke Jesus offered?

  • We’re All Thomas Now

    Jul 29 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In a secular society, doubt is the new normal. But doubt is nothing new; we see it in John the Baptizer, a prophet that Jesus called the greatest man to ever live. And in this story of John’s wrestle with doubt, we see that Jesus’ invitation isn’t to certainty, but to trust.

  • Dying to Live

    Jul 22 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus warns and encourages his disciples about what will come as they live into his Kingdom mission. What would it look like to live as a disciple, free of all fear, fully alive to his power?

  • Part 5: How to Become the Happiest Person Alive

    Jul 15 2018

    From the series, "Eating and Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way.  Jesus was the happiest person alive, and he prayed that his apprentices would have “the full measure of my joy within them.” Joy is more than just an emotion; it is an overall condition of the heart. But how do we become joyful people? Through the spiritual discipline of celebration. And the best way to do that is to eat together as a family…

  • Part 4: Church Around a Table

    Jul 08 2018

    From the series, "Eating and Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. Long before followers of Jesus ever built cathedrals, they met in homes, around a table, eating and drinking as brothers and sisters. As family. This is a very simple idea that tragically, we’ve lost over the millennia, at great cost to the church. What if we were to recapture the shared meal as the center of gravity in our church?

  • Postures for Our Time and Place

    Jul 02 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In a post-Christian world, followers of Jesus are not the majority. If we are to reach a world like ours, what posture are we to take? In our time and place, Jesus invites us to follow him and become like him. The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.

  • Make Room for the New Thing

    Jun 24 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus is proclaiming a gospel where the foundation is on the glory of what God has done, not the righteous effort of man. A religious spirit has no place in his kingdom, he is doing a new thing, offering a new wine. will we value the wine over the wineskin and drink of his new covenant?

  • Following Jesus and Eating With Sinners

    Jun 17 2018

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." In this teaching we learn Matthew's origin story and meet the Pharisees at a lively dinner party.

  • Part 3: Food: Justice and Injustice

    Jun 10 2018

    From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. One dimension of the ancient art of hospitality is using food to do justice. Though Jesus’s ambition was to use the dinner table as a tool to do good, he was well aware that it was also being used to do injustice. The same is true today: Everything you eat has a story. How can we, as disciples of Jesus, break our food’s relationship with injustice in order to do good, eating and drinking?

  • Part 2: Neighboring

    Jun 03 2018

    From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing the Way. Jesus said we are to “love your neighbor as yourself.” What if he meant our actual neighbors? What if we were to reimagine our homes not as a castle to hide in, but as an outpost for the kingdom of God? And our tables as a tangible expression of love? Our meals as the setting where strangers become neighbors and neighbors become brothers and sisters?

  • Part 1: Radically Ordinary Hospitality

    May 27 2018

    From the series, "Eating & Drinking" as part of Practicing The Way. Jesus “came eating and drinking.” If he had a “method of evangelism,” that was it: eat a meal with people far from God.  And all through the New Testament, apprentices of Jesus are commanded to follow his example through the practice of hospitality. Something as radically ordinary and setting a table can create space for people far from God to experience the Father’s warm welcome into his family.

  • Dreams: God's Night Parables

    May 20 2018

    Does God still use dreams to speak to us? As strange and bizarre as they seem at times? The bible is full of examples where God has used dreams to speak to his people. Guest speaker Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard uses these stories to lay out a biblical theology of dreams as well as an intro to interpretation.

  • Storms, Pigs, and the Authority of Jesus

    May 13 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In this teaching, we cover three stories that point to Jesus's authority, given by the Father and a glimpse of what it means to truly make him Lord of our lives.

  • The Journey of Faith

    May 06 2018

    The journey of great faith often begins with what guest speaker, Pete Hughes, calls a threshold moment. The point where you are standing in between what you can control and what God is calling you into. How do we know when to step out? How do we follow God into the unknown? 

  • Session 4

    Apr 29 2018

    Session 4 of Holy Spirit Conference 2018 with special guests Mike Pilavachi and Tom Smith of Soul Survivor Church in the UK.

  • Session 3

    Apr 29 2018

    Session 3 of Holy Spirit Conference 2018 with special guests Mike Pilavachi and Tom Smith of Soul Survivor Church in the UK.

  • Session 2

    Apr 28 2018

    Session 2 of Holy Spirit Conference 2018 with special guests Mike Pilavachi and Tom Smith of Soul Survivor Church in the UK.

  • Session 1

    Apr 27 2018

    Session 1 of Holy Spirit Conference 2018 with special guests Mike Pilavachi and Tom Smith of Soul Survivor Church in the UK.

  • Receiving the Kingdom, Giving the Kingdom

    Apr 22 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." What does it look like to have heaven invade earth? How do we receive the kingdom and how do we give it to others? Jesus shows us what this looks like when he confronts people on the margins of his society through the miracle of healing. 

  • A Haunting Way to End a Sermon

    Apr 15 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus ends his manifesto of life in the kingdom of the heavens, not with a pep talk or feel-good story, but with a warning about what happens when we don’t put his teachings into practice. In the “information age” and a cultural moment where hearing something and then doing nothing about it is the new normal, this is a warning we need to hear and heed.

  • Here Comes the Wolf Pack

    Apr 08 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." The modern world is a terribly confusing place to call home. We need luminaries to speak on behalf of reality and point the way to the good life. First century Jews called these luminaries "prophets." We might call them philosophers or psychologists or podcasters or pastors. But Jesus issued a stern warning: beware of false prophets. A warning we need to hear and heed in the modern church.

  • Easter: Groaning in Hope

    Apr 01 2018

    Every day we hear two clashing narratives: 1. The world is coming apart at the seams. Or: 2. Welcome to utopia. Both have data to back up their point. But both fall short of reality. In Romans 8, Paul tells a third story about one world that is dying off, and another that is coming to birth. His metaphor for the felt-experience of life this side of our resurrection is that of birth pangs.

  • Part 4: The How-To of Reconciliation

    Mar 25 2018

    From the series, "Forgiving As We Have Been Forgiven" as part of Practicing the Way. In our final teaching, we flip it around from forgiving people who have hurt us, to reconciling with people we have hurt. In a cultural moment of victimization, it's all to easy to blame shift and make excuses, but the invitation of Jesus is to journey down the long, slow road of reconciliation.

  • Part 3: The How-To of Forgiveness

    Mar 18 2018

    From the series, "Forgiving As We Have Been Forgiven" as part of Practicing the Way. One of, if not the greatest, gifts we receive as apprentices of Jesus is forgiveness. But to Jesus, this is a gift we are to pass on to others. His end goal is for his apprentices to grow and mature into the kind of people who are forgiving by nature. But this is hard to do! In this teaching, we move from the idea of teaching to the practice of it. Using a five stage process called R.E.A.C.H., we aim to replace ...more

  • Part 2: Transform or Transmit

    Mar 11 2018

    From the series, "Forgiving As We Have Been Forgiven" as part of Practicing the Way. Many of us get stuck in unforgiveness over the many ways we’ve been wounded. The key to healing and freedom isn’t just to release somebody from the debt owed; but to find a way to transform out pain into something beautiful.

  • Part 1: Forgiving & Being Forgiven

    Mar 04 2018

    From the series "Forgiving As We Have Been Forgiven" as part of Practicing The Way. Forgiveness is integral in our discipleship with Jesus. We live in a world polluted by sin and shame, and relationships in this broken world are often marked by disappointment, loss, and pain. God is calling us to forgive because Jesus himself chose to forgive.

  • Two Ways

    Feb 25 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." If we're going to practice the way of Jesus, we must recognize that the way of our city and the way of Jesus are not the same. In a culture where the mantra is, "Do whatever feels good", Jesus invites his followers through the narrow gate and on the hard way because it alone leads to life.

  • The Golden Rule

    Feb 18 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." As we near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus summarizes his set of teachings with a now famous one-line aphorism – the Golden Rule. In this teaching we explore the power of treating people the way you would want to be treated. So simple, yet so very hard to live by. 

  • Cosmic Collision

    Feb 11 2018

    Guest teacher Chris Wienand explores Matthew 4 with a specific focus on the tactics of satan. Understanding the way our enemy operates can help us to press further in to the protection of our community and our Savior, Jesus. 

  • This Cultural Moment: What is Post-Christian Culture?

    Feb 06 2018

    We are excited to introduce This Cultural Moment, a new podcast about following Jesus in the post-christian world. In the very first episode, This Cultural Moment explores the secular, progressive, post-christian world in which we live and asks how followers of Jesus are meant to engage. This Cultural Moment is a collaboration of John Mark Comer of Bridgetown Church in Portland, USA and Mark Sayers of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. Be sure to subscribe and listen along each week as the disc...more

  • Ask. Seek. Knock.

    Feb 04 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." The foundation of prayer is relationship with God. Do we believe that God is actually good and will respond to our requests?  The journey of asking is dynamic, laced with beauty and sometimes disappointment, but always revealing God’s goodness towards us.

  • Part 3: To Stand in Solidarity With the Poor

    Jan 28 2018

    From the series, "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. Fasting isn’t just about us; it’s about standing in solidarity with the poor, who regularly go without food. Fasting trains our hearts in compassion, and opens up money and time to serve those in need. Regular fasting tied to generosity is a small, but surprisingly effective way to see justice come to our city.

  • Part 2: To Pray

    Jan 21 2018

    From the series "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. Do you ever feel stuck in prayer? Like there’s a wall between you and heaven you just can’t break through? You’re not alone. The practice of fasting is an aid and amplifier to prayer. A way of expressing whole-person hunger to God. In this teaching we explore the situations in which an apprentice of Jesus might couple fasting with prayer.

  • Fasting: Our Relationship to Food, Body, and Image

    Jan 18 2018

    From the series "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. How do you fast if you’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food? Listen along as we discuss eating disorders, body image, and Jesus’ call to health and wholeness. We interview a woman who has overcome an eating disorder in her own life and hear how she interacts with fasting now.

  • Part 1: To Starve the Flesh and Feed the Spirit

    Jan 14 2018

    From the series "Fasting" as part of Practicing the Way. In our hedonistic culture, most over-abused and under-used of all the practices of Jesus is fasting. So many people are confused over what fasting even is, much less the reasons we fast. In Part 1 of our series on fasting, we explore one of three reasons: to starve the flesh and feed the spirit. Fasting, it turns out, is about freedom.

  • Jesus on Judgement

    Jan 07 2018

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." To apprentice under Jesus means to live free from judgement. Jesus knows that the Father will ultimately judge all things. Our posture as apprentices is to embrace others, as well as ourselves, with our true identity: loved children of God. 

  • God's Character, Our Confidence

    Dec 31 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus claims that Gods love and care for you can rid you of anxiety. To focus your life on the King and his kingdom, is to live with all that you need.

  • The Eye. The Heart. The Master.

    Dec 17 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus teaches that whatever we set our hearts on we give power to. That thing will have influence in our lives, and even become our master. But in his great love for us, God invites us to set our hearts rightly, where we will be truly satisfied.

  • Your Treasure is Doomed

    Dec 10 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." In a world of excess, luxury, and the showcasing of possessions, Jesus commands that his disciples choose a lifestyle of simplicity. How do those of us who are rich by a global standard emulate a teacher who was poor? In The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches what it means to reject our deeply held notions of treasure so that we may embody a better way.

  • Lean Back

    Dec 03 2017

    "A disciple is someone who is leaning back on Jesus, hearing his heartbeat, and from that perspective, looking out into the world.”   - Dave Lomas

  • Dreams: Different, Harder, Longer, Better

    Nov 26 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We close out our series with a few thoughts on dreams. God’s people have always been dreamers. And dreams are often God’s catalyst to propel us into his vision for our identity and calling. But when those dreams finally come to pass, they are usually different, harder, and longer… but also better.

  • The Cost of Fast Fashion

    Nov 19 2017

    Every fall, as people are gearing up for the insanity of Christmas consumerism, we host a lecture around the fashion industry and it’s connection to injustice, environmental harm, and materialism. This year we host Maxine Bédat, the CEO of Zady, a new clothing company challenging the status quo.  Maxine lays out the historical shift from citizen to consumer, and the problems it’s created, as well as solutions for a better kind of world. In a world where over a billion people work on the garment ...more

  • Part 6: How We Change - Intentional Spiritual Formation

    Nov 19 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. It’s one thing to discover your identity and calling; it’s a whole other thing to actually grow and mature into the somebody who is like Jesus, and in doing so, your real, true self. In this teaching, we end a two-part teaching on the “how-to” of spiritual formation.

  • Part 5: How We Change - Unintentional Spiritual Formation

    Nov 12 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. It’s one thing to discover your identity and calling; it’s a whole other thing to actually grow and mature into the somebody who is like Jesus, and in doing so, your real, true self. In this teaching, we begin a two-part teaching on the “how” of spiritual formation.

  • Part 4: Calling: The Outward Journey

    Nov 05 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We often think of work as a means to an end, to get what we need to do what we want. Our work environment tends to be overlooked when we think of true ministry. But what if we could discover ways to have our inner calling as Jesus followers move it’s way outward and into our vocation? In this teaching, guest speaker Alan Scott unpacks the value of a kingdom-minded work ethic.

  • Part 3: Calling: The Inward Journey

    Oct 29 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. You can’t get very far down the path of transformation until you discover your identity and calling, but this journey of self-discovery takes us straight into the maw of the beast: our sin. And even more: what some call our “shadow side.” But until we expose our blind spots to the light, we will never experience the life that Jesus has for all his followers. 

  • Part 2: Identity

    Oct 22 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. For most of us, our identity is rooted in earth - what we do, what we have, what other people think of us, etc. But for followers of Jesus our identity is rooted in who we are becoming in him. In this teaching, we explore a theology of identity from Ephesians.

  • Part 1: The Journey

    Oct 15 2017

    From the series “Discovering Your Identity & Calling” as part of Practicing The Way. We kick of our series and practice of discovering your identity and calling with an overview of the journey all followers of Jesus are invited to go on. In ways that few people recognize, the journey into self-awareness is also the road to spiritual formation. As we become more like Jesus, we become more like our real, true self. It takes courage to go on this journey, but it’s worth every harrowing, beautiful s...more

  • Seven Cultural Markers

    Oct 08 2017

    In Part 4 of the vision series we land the plan by talking about community as family, and the seven cultural markers of a healthy family.

  • Seven Shifts

    Oct 01 2017

    In Part 3 of the vision series we retell the history of Bridgetown Church through seven shifts, each one leading to a value: biblical theology, mission, context, community, Holy Spirit, emotional health, and spiritual formation. 

  • Our Cultural Moment

    Sep 24 2017

    In Part 2 of our yearly Vision Series, guest speaker and author, Mark Sayers, pulls back the veneer of a post-christian culture and uncovers not only the danger of fitting in but the powerful presence of being formed into the likeness of Jesus.  

  • Practicing the Way of Jesus, Together, in Portland

    Sep 17 2017

    Vision Series 2017: We kick off our annual vision series with a teaching on the heartbeat of our church: the idea that the way of Jesus is just that, a way of life. And one that takes practice, and community.

  • Fasting

    Sep 10 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." For many of us, when it comes to fasting, our belief system can be distorted by subtle misconceptions. That in some way we get to control God by how we treat our body. Or, simply confusing it with the practice of abstinence. But just like prayer and giving to the poor, fasting can unlock a greater intimacy with the heart of God and welcome a deeper connection with the Father.

  • Prayer

    Sep 03 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask. Understanding the gravity of this truth can make or break our chance at a healthy motivation for prayer. In Matthew 6, Jesus calls us out of a religious routine and into a beautiful exchange of genuine love for God and others. 

  • Non-Violence: Interview with Bruxy Cavey

    Sep 02 2017

    In our final interview we talk with pastor and author Bruxy Cavey about anabaptism, Christians killing other Christians in the name of their “Christian” nation, the 16th century persecution of non-violent followers of Jesus, and a pastoral word to those wrestling with Jesus’ teachings on enemy love. Listen to all the interviews with various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, as we work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

  • Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Greg Boyd

    Sep 01 2017

    We talk with author and theologian Greg Boyd about Romans 12 and 13, the separation of church and state, and a Christians’ relationship to the government. Are there things that government should do that followers of Jesus should not? Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

  • Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Gerry Breshears

    Aug 31 2017

    In this interview we talk with author and professor Dr. Gerry Breshears about self defense, home invasion, Christians as police officers, and, naturally, pepper spray.. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

  • Non-Violence: Interview with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

    Aug 30 2017

    In our next interview, we talk with Sister Rosemary, a Catholic nun and the Head of Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Uganda, about the persecuted church and loving your enemy even in the aftermath of the Lord’s Resistance Army lead by Joseph Kony. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

  • Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Tim Mackie

    Aug 29 2017

    We talk with professor Dr. Tim Mackie about violence in the book of Revelation and the Old Testament, and how to read the Bible. Listen along all this week as we interview various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5.

  • Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Preston Sprinkle

    Aug 28 2017

    This week we will be interviewing various theologians and experts on the subject of non-violence and enemy love, in order to work out some of the implications of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5. In this first interview, we speak with author and professor Dr. Preston Sprinkle about church history, Just War Theory, and followers of Jesus in the military.

  • The Tyranny of Living for the Approval of Others

    Aug 27 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." So many of us live under the suffocating weight of the approval (or disapproval) of other people. Draining our already-low energy reserves in an attempt to look good, rather than be good. Jesus tackles this head on, calling his apprentices to a life of self-forgetful service of the needy, simply for the reward of our Father’s pleasure.

  • Jesus on His Most Radical Idea: Enemy Love

    Aug 20 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." We finally come to the last, and most radical, of Jesus’ six examples of his way: enemy love. For Jesus, it’s not enough to reject the flight or fight options, and look for a creative alternative to violence. He’s actually after love for our enemy. If we only love people we like, how are we any different from the world?

  • Jesus on Breaking the Chain of Violence

    Aug 13 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." Few of Jesus’ teachings are more thought-provoking and jarring to our culture than what he has to say on nonviolence and enemy love. To follow Jesus is to reject the either/or option of flight or fight, and to look for a third way, a creative, wise, intelligent, bold, and at times risky way to fight evil in a nonviolent way. The way of Jesus.

  • Blessing a Move of God

    Aug 06 2017

    What does it look like for God to move? How do we bless what he is already up to in our place and time? Maybe even more important is how do we encourage God to move among us? Join us as Alex Rettmann looks at three key things for the family of God to do to bless his movement.

  • Jesus on Truth and Integrity

    Jul 30 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." It can be easy to skim the surface of what Jesus has to say about oaths. Our culture doesn't work the same way anymore. We don't really take oaths in our day-to-day lives. Jesus is getting at something deeper; living in complete honesty and integrity. If we are people living out the reflection of our creator, we should be a community of truth-tellers, understanding that our lives are predicated on Jesus' commitment to tell the truth and then fulfill it. 

  • Jesus on Objectification and Oppression

    Jul 23 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." When Jesus recounts the Laws from the Torah, he doesn't simply address the behavior, he gets to the heart of sin. His insight to the human condition and our need for God is monumental. Our weakness in lust creates a wake of objectification and oppression in the lives of others. Jesus is calling us to take drastic measures to eradicate the poison of lust from our lives. 

  • Jesus on Anger

    Jul 16 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." We live in a culture that says anger is good, that we should use it as the fuel for fighting injustice; anger can motivate us to finally get past our indifference. But the way of Jesus, as always, is different. Jesus reveals the vicious cycle of anger we all get sucked into, and more importantly, how to break it and live into his vision of the kingdom.

  • What Does Jesus Think About the Bible?

    Jul 09 2017

    From the series, "Gospel of Matthew." What exactly does Jesus think about the Bible? In a time where the Bible is under assault, from both the right and the left, is there an option C? A new, creative way forward based on Jesus’ teachings on the Bible?

  • Part 9: Fixed Hour Prayer

    Jul 02 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. We tie off our series on prayer with Paul’s command to “pray constantly.” What exactly does he mean? Go join a monastery? Or is he inviting us to a life of “the practice of the presence of God”? John Mark Comer teaches out of his own life journey: to slow down, open up to the flow of the Spirit, and arrange each day around abiding.

  • Part 8: Prayer Training

    Jun 25 2017

    In this teaching, Alex Rettmann leads our Church through the theology of prayer as outlined by the life and teaching of Jesus. This is a great resource for bringing the Kingdom to your community or church by understanding different types of prayer as well as practical steps for engaging the Spirit of God. 

  • Part 7: Listening Prayer

    Jun 18 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. When Paul says that we have "the mind of Christ" he's getting at something profound: We can actually know the thoughts of God. Through the practice of listening prayer we can begin to distinguish God's voice and heart from everything else that can occupy our minds. 

  • Part 6: Imaginative Prayer

    Jun 11 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Our brains are highly complex, wired for intense imagery and emotional connectedness. So why, during prayer, do we work so hard to clear our minds simply to recite a few predetermined lines in God’s direction? Could God use our imaginations for greater intimacy with him? The practice of Imaginative prayer may help you unlock untapped potential in your relationship with the Father. 

  • Part 5: Singing Prayer

    Jun 04 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Our view of prayer can be inherently narrow: kneeling by the bed at the end of the day or by giving thanks before a meal. It’s not less than those things but it can be so much more. This teaching explores the concept of prayer by worship. Augustine says, “The man who sings prays twice.” There is something powerful that happens in an act of worship by singing and at it’s core, we discover prayer.

  • Part 4: Unanswered Prayer

    May 28 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Unanswered prayer is the source of doubt and despair for millions of people. And for good reason, it’s confusing. Why is it that some prayers go unanswered? And how do we live with that?

  • Part 3: Intercessory Prayer

    May 21 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Often when we think about “prayer,” what comes to mind is asking God for stuff. Prayer is so much more than that; but it’s not less! In this teaching, we look at Jesus’ commands to “ask,” and wrap our head around why Jesus thinks this kind of prayer is so important.

  • Part 2: Contemplative Prayer

    May 14 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Prayer is not another experience we have in life; it's how we process all of our experiences with our heavenly Father. In this teaching, we hear many examples of the power of prayer as well as the practice of the Daily Examination of Consciousness. 

  • Part 1: Teach Us to Pray

    May 07 2017

    From the series "Prayer" as part of Practicing The Way. Prayer was the center point of Jesus’ relationship with the Father. It was woven into the fabric of his daily life, and it seems like it wasn’t a chore for him - he really enjoyed his Father’s company. Most of us can’t relate to that. Prayer feels boring or awkward or hard. Could it be that we have yet to experience prayer like Jesus? In Luke 11, Jesus’ disciples ask, Teach us to pray! Jesus’ answer is a framework for prayer that has the po...more

  • Has The World Gone Mad?

    May 04 2017

    We are reeling from the moral decay and social disorder that has been exposed in the world. Are we experiencing something new in an age of self-discovery and godlessness? John Mark Comer interviews teacher and author Mark Sayers on the social, political, and religious climate of our progressive culture and what role the church should fulfill as we move forward.

  • Salt the Earth, Light the World

    Apr 30 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." As we continue in the sermon on the mount Jesus teaches his followers what it means to be salt of the earth and the light of the world. The God of Israel has always had a plan for his people to permeate all of society and bring his light and love.

  • Worship & The Holy Spirit

    Apr 23 2017

    From the final day of the Holy Spirit Conference 2017. Guest speaker Nick Drake teaches on the significance of singing together in worship and how that relates to the fullness of the Spirit and what God wants to do in us and through us.

  • Hope Like Nothing the World had Ever Seen

    Apr 16 2017

    From Easter Sunday, 2017. For more and more people in our city, the story of secularism just isn’t working. There’s a hopelessness to the cold, hard story of the modern world. Yet still, our society is haunted by the memory of another story, one full of meaning and purpose. The resurrection of Jesus changed the narrative arc of human history, and infused hope into the world. It’s time we recover this ancient story and base our lives around its reality.

  • Who is Actually Blessed?

    Apr 09 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." In this teaching, we kick off “The Sermon on the Mount” – the most important teachings of Jesus all in one place. It’s Jesus' manifesto for a whole new way to be human in the kingdom of God. In the opening lines of the Sermon, Jesus radically redefines who is blessed around the least likely candidates. It’s one of the most important, and most misunderstood, of all Jesus’ teachings.

  • The Kingdom of God

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." Contrary to popular opinion, the central message of Jesus wasn’t social justice, community, or even love. It was the kingdom of God. But what is the kingdom? And how do we live into it’s reality? And what will the kingdom do to reshape our life from the ground up?

  • Carry the Name

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book “God Has ...more

  • Forgiving Wickedness, Rebellion, and Sin

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book “God Has ...more

  • Abounding in Love and Faithfulness

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book “God Has ...more

  • Slow to Anger

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book “God Has ...more

  • Compassionate and Gracious

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book “God Has ...more

  • Yahweh Elohim

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book “God Has ...more

  • Yahweh

    Apr 03 2017

    From the series "God Has A Name." Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. In this series, we discover that Exodus 34v6-7, is God's self-disclosure of Himself. It is the most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible, and the epicenter for a theology of God. This series was originally recorded in 2013 and is now being re-release with the introduction of the new book "God Has ...more

  • God Has A Name

    Mar 29 2017

    We are excited to announce the new book from John Mark Comer, titled “God has a name.” Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. What if the real, true God is different, but far better than we could ever imagine? Available now in all major bookstores.

  • Part 5: Healing of Memories Practice

    Mar 28 2017

    From the series "Dealing With Your Past" as part of Practicing The Way. In part 5, we finish up the practice of Dealing With Your Past by reflecting on specific memories and confronting our emotions and interpretations. By shining light on what happened, we can ask Jesus what he says about it. In the words of C.S. Lewis, "A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on." To participate, visit practicingtheway....more

  • Part 4: Generational Blessing

    Mar 26 2017

    From the series "Dealing With Your Past" as part of Practicing The Way. We all inherited patterns from our family of origin and culture. Some of those patterns are unhealthy and out of line with the way of Jesus, and we need to break them in order to move forward. But others are a generational blessing that we need to celebrate. One of the key tasks of our apprenticeship to Jesus is to identify the ways in which our family line is blessed, and pass that blessing on to the next generation.

  • Part 3: Narrative Scripts

    Mar 19 2017

    From the series "Dealing With Your Past" as part of Practicing The Way. Narrative scripts are the messages we’ve received during the course of our lives. They shape the way we think and act. Even though some of our internal narratives are untrue, we can ultimately be shaped by a God who creates a new and better narrative for his people.  

  • Part 2: Relational Patterns

    Mar 12 2017

    From the series "Dealing With Your Past" as part of Practicing The Way. When we press into our past, we discover patterns in our family of origin that have great influence in our lives. Identifying generational sin and brokenness is not a task for the faint of heart. But the ultimate goal is to uncover a framework for your life that will help you identify where you come from, so that you can better understand who you are, and where you’re going.

  • Part 1: Generational Sin

    Mar 05 2017

    From the series "Dealing With Your Past" as part of Practicing The Way. Our present is shaped by our past. Who we are is shaped by where we come from. In particular, our family of origin and culture have curated how we see ourselves and the world around us, for better and for worse. A key task in our apprenticeship to Jesus is being re-parented into the family of God to experience healing and freedom. Join us as we go back to go forward.  

  • Into the Wilderness

    Feb 26 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." The scriptures teach us that our high priest, Jesus, is able to empathize with us in our humanity in every way. This also means that, just like us, he needed to hear the Father define his true identity. We are not alone in the search for meaning and purpose but just like Jesus, that identity is only fully realized when we look to our heavenly Father. 

  • Out of the Wilderness

    Feb 19 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." Often, the hardest moments in our journey as a Jesus follower is when what He requires of us is contrary to our tradition, our family, our culture and our heritage. We will be called into the wilderness at some point. Will we, like John, embrace our God-given story or will we distract ourselves and focus on the stories and lives of others? 

  • Origin Story

    Feb 12 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." Who we are is shaped by where we come from. For this reason, Matthew tells us the story of Jesus’ family of origin. But it turns out, the Christmas story is far more provocative and subversive to the modern world than most of us realize.

  • A Genealogy, Really?

    Feb 05 2017

    From the series "Gospel of Matthew." Jesus: radical rabbi – teacher of a new way to be human. But more, Messiah – long awaited king of Israel and the world, come to usher in a new era of human history that he called the kingdom of God. But more, “Immanuel” – God with us.

  • Retreat

    Feb 02 2017

    From the series "Silence & Solitude" as part of a mini-series with Practicing The Way. Now we want to stretch ourselves and try something longer. We want to do what we’re calling a "retreat."

  • Lectio Divina

    Feb 02 2017

    From the series "Silence & Solitude" as part of a mini-series with Practicing The Way. Lectio divina, or “spiritual reading,” is not a new method of Bible Study. Whereas study of the Bible sets its focus on learning, lectio divina is an ancient time-tested method of meeting God in the Scriptures.

  • Listening Prayer

    Feb 02 2017

    From the series "Silence & Solitude" as part of a mini-series with Practicing The Way. When conversations work well they are usually two-sided. Likewise, prayer is to be a conversation where both parties share openly and listen carefully to each other.

  • Casting Cares

    Feb 02 2017

    From the series "Silence & Solitude" as part of a mini-series with Practicing The Way. Most people, whether they are aware of it or not, are living with some form of low-grade anxiety. Between digital distraction, relational pain, and daily stress, many of us are carrying burdens much larger than we often choose to acknowledge. We must learn to cast our cares on God. 

  • Saving Justice

    Jan 31 2017

    From the Race & Justice Lecture Series. As racial tension continues to build, this is the beginning of an ongoing conversation about how we, as followers of Jesus, can best respond. Listen to the lecture from writer and speaker Mark Charles, in partnership with Imago Dei Community, as we lament the racial injustice that continues to haunt this nation.

  • Elijah and Mt. Horeb

    Jan 29 2017

    From the series "Silence & Solitude" as part of Practicing The Way. One of the foundational goals of silence and solitude is to get to the place where we know who we are in God. The truth. In this story of Elijah we see a pattern emerge; seven stages that define not only his journey but his experience with God in silence and solitude.

  • Elijah and the Broom Bush

    Jan 22 2017

    From the series "Silence & Soliltude" as part of Practicing The Way. Silence and solitude isn’t for the faint of heart. Often when we slow down long enough to get alone with ourselves and God, we feel all sorts of emotions that we’ve been frantically trying to outrun in the busyness of our lives. Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 19 is a seven-stage pattern for how to move through fear and emotional pain into freedom and joy.

  • Jesus and the Lonely Place

    Jan 15 2017

    From the series "Silence & Soliltude" as part of Practicing The Way. Is there a practice from the life of Jesus that could set us up to thrive in the chaos of the overbusy, digitally distracted, noisy, urban world? Yes. It’s the practice of silence and solitude. Put simply, it’s intentional time in the quiet to be alone with ourselves and God.

  • Moving from the Fear of Man into Freedom

    Jan 03 2017

    The fear of man is a deadly thing. It can keep us rooted in insecurity and powerlessness. So, how do we move from fear to freedom? In this teaching, we discuss how God calls us to live for Him and how to identify and release ourselves from the fear of man.

  • Hurry: The Great Enemy of Spiritual Life

    Dec 18 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way. We wrap up our visions series with what the philosopher Dallas Willard called “the great enemy of spiritual life” - hurry. To live the way of Jesus, we have to slow down. But this is hard to do in the urban, digital world we call home. In this teaching from Matthew 11, we teach on “the secret of the easy yoke.” When we slow down and match our pace of life to that of Jesus, the way of Jesus becomes easy.

  • The Cross: Self-Denial In An Age Of Self-Fulfillment

    Dec 11 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way.  At the center of our apprenticeship to Jesus is a symbol: the cross. We have lost the gravity and power of this image in our modern world. What it requires of us is lost or ignored in our culture. But, as we look at the invitation of Jesus to "deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me," we have to wrestle with the call to self-denial in an age of self-fulfillment.

  • How We Change: The Holy Spirit

    Dec 04 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way. Listen along as we ask the question, "How do we change?" How are we–in the language of the New Testament–“transformed” to become like Jesus?

  • Community And Confrontation

    Nov 28 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way.  Conflict doesn’t have to stand in the way of progress. Jesus gave us the ideal template to transform conflict into confrontation and ultimately, confrontation into reconciliation.

  • Community As Family

    Nov 20 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way. Central to Jesus' vision of the Kingdom of God is the calling of a brand new family, not built around ethnicity, but around the family of God. We can have an active part in that family through commitment and intentional, relational living.

  • A Pastoral Word On The Election

    Nov 14 2016

    We are reeling from the moral decay and social disorder in our nation that has been exposed by this election. It has revealed a deep pain in our country and in our city. People are scared. People are angry. People are hurting. Now, more than ever, is the time for followers of Jesus to be makers of peace. Listen to a pastoral word on the recent presidential election.

  • How We Change: Community

    Nov 13 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way. Community plays a vital role in our transformation. But there is a gap between the idea of community and the messy reality of community. Discipleship happens in the space in between.

  • How We Change: Key Thoughts on Practice

    Nov 06 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way. The spiritual disciplines are the way to “life to the full,” they are how we posture our mind and body to abide in the vine and access the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Yet so many people today misunderstand the central role of these practices in discipleship. A core teaching in our series.

  • How We Change: Teaching and Practice

    Oct 30 2016

    From the series: Practicing The Way. We live in the age of self-help, therapy, and technique-obsession. Deep down, we all know we're broken and need to change. The question is, How? This week we begin our in depth look at the "how" of transformation. Through teaching we get a vision of the good life. Through practice, we align our loves and longings with those of Jesus.

  • Do What Jesus Did

    Oct 23 2016

    From the series "Practicing The Way." How do we live like Jesus? How do we actually do what he did? As the church, we are called to not only follow Jesus in spirit but we are called continue his work on earth as it is in heaven. This means healing the sick, praying for the lost, opening up our homes and our lives to those far from God. The end goal is to do what he did. In this teaching, we explore the next steps in forming our lives around the practices of Jesus.

  • Become Like Jesus

    Oct 17 2016

    From the series "Practicing The Way"One of the most important teachings in the life our church: How do we change to become like Jesus? The promise of the New Testament is nothing short of full-on transformation, but so many of us feel a disconnect between that promise and our reality. Is change really possible? The answer is: yes, but the odds are, it's not what you think.

  • Be With Jesus

    Oct 10 2016

    From the series "Practicing The Way." The first goal of apprenticeship to Jesus is to “be with Jesus.” But how do we “abide in the vine” in the chaos of the urban, digital world? It’s pretty straightforward: to experience the life of Jesus, we adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.

  • Practicing The Way

    Oct 03 2016

    From the series "Practicing The Way." What does it mean to “follow” Jesus? To be a disciple, or apprentice, of the rabbi from Nazareth? In this teaching we explore a life built around three goals: be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what he did. We also lay out a vision for our future at Bridgetown Church: practicing the way of Jesus, together, in Portland.

  • Kingdom Parables: The Mustard Seed

    Sep 26 2016

    A stand alone teaching on the parables of the mustard seed. Jesus uses this unlikely image to address our faith, the coming kingdom, and to help us confront our unrealized and untapped potential that the power of Jesus offers us through his spirit living in and through us.

  • Creative Minority Panel

    Sep 19 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. We get a chance to hear first hand how people are actively displaying and living out the calling of a creative minority in the city of Portland.

  • Outro: Daniel vs. The Modern World

    Sep 12 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. We recap the ideas of this important series, talk about how this intersects the modern world, and call the church to pray into our future as a creative minority.

  • Hope

    Sep 04 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. As part of our life here in this broken world, we commonly look for hope that the future will be better. But we need to hope in God who has made a promise and is building a Kingdom for us to belong.

  • Empire vs. Kingdom

    Aug 28 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.  The book of Daniel is split into two parts: life in exile and life after exile. Listen along as we examine the state of our current world and contrast our empires against the Kingdom of God.

  • Witness

    Aug 21 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Resistance

    Aug 14 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Non-Participation

    Aug 07 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Influence

    Jul 31 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Compromise

    Jul 24 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Intro: A Creative Minority

    Jul 17 2016

    From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Song Of Songs: The Sex Talk

    Jul 10 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Ecclesiastes: More than Mist

    Jul 03 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • The Way Life Works

    Jun 26 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Overcoming Evil With Good

    Jun 19 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Man’s Search for Meaning

    Jun 12 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Prayer Training

    Jun 06 2016

    From a Midweek Lecture as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.  Listen along to a prayer training with Mike Pilavachi as discusses how to create space to hear from the Spirit and respond.

  • Why?

    Jun 05 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Theodicy is how you square the reality of a God who created the world out of love with the heinous, gut-wrenching evil we read in the news every single day. Every theodicy has holes in it; this is an area of wide disagreement in the global, historic church. But with humility, we beat up on one popular theodicy and propose a better way forward.

  • Job: The Curtain Behind The Universe

    May 29 2016

    From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. In a fascinating walk through the book of Job, we see that the starting place for a conversation around the problem of evil is this: there are no easy answers. But there is a place for lament. And the invitation is to trust God no matter what kind of evil we face.

  • Rebuild, Restore, Renew

    May 22 2016

    From the series The Prophet as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Disappearing Church

    May 22 2016

    From a Midweek Lecture as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Weaving together art, history, and theology, pastor and cultural observer Mark Sayers reminds us that real growth happens when the church embraces its countercultural witness, not when it blends in. It’s like Jesus said long ago, “If the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything…”

  • The Kingdom

    May 21 2016

    From the series The Prophet as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • The Prophet

    May 08 2016

    From the series The Prophet as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Is God A Blood Thirsty Carnivore?

    May 01 2016

    From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • How to Read and Interpret the Old Testament

    Apr 24 2016

    From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Failing, Not Failure

    Apr 17 2016

    From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. What the Father wants today is the same as has always been—live out of your true identity and give him your faithful obedience, not just your sacrifice.

  • It Happens All The Time

    Apr 03 2016

    From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • The Turning Point

    Mar 27 2016

    From our gatherings on Easter Sunday as we discuss how Jesus offers the Kingdom you are looking for.

  • New Creation: The King Comes Back

    Mar 21 2016

    From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Revelation 21 - 22

  • Violence and The Old Testament

    Mar 16 2016

    From a Midweek Lecture as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • Church: The Kingdom Spreads To The World

    Mar 13 2016

    From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Acts - Jude

  • Jesus: The King Comes with His Kingdom

    Mar 06 2016

    From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.  Matthew – John: To answer the brokenness of the world Jesus comes with the kingdom of God, and he becomes the king through his death and resurrection.

  • Israel: The Kingdom Begins Again

    Feb 28 2016

    From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy Genesis 12 – Malachi

  • Fall: The Kingdom Rebels Against The King

    Feb 21 2016

    From the series The Story of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Genesis 3 – 11: In the next chapter of the story, humanity rebels against the king. Sin enters the picture and spirals out of control. And a story that many people write off as foolish because of a talking snake and a woman speaking parseltongue, turns out to be the most deep, profound, and intelligent insight into the human condition ever written.

  • Creation: The Kingdom Begins

    Feb 14 2016

    From the series The Story of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Genesis 1 – 2: The Bible is a story. A single, unified story about God, humanity, and the world, that points its readers to Jesus. As disciples of Jesus, we work to understand what the Bible communicates within the context of this great story.

  • Eat It

    Feb 07 2016

    From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

  • The Cutting Room Floor: Inerrancy

    Feb 06 2016

    From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. John Mark Comer and Dr. Gerry Breshears discuss the idea of the Bible being “inerrant” or without error. The Bible is a library of books written by humans as they were led by the Holy Spirit. Does this mean the Bible has human errors or is it a flawless telling of the story of God? Is inerrancy a helpful, intelligent, and accurate way to talk and think about the Bible?

  • Where On Earth Did the Bible Come From?

    Jan 31 2016

    From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. What does it mean to believe that the Bible is a divine word to God’s people? Does it require a belief that the book fell from heaven or that its origins are less than human? In this teaching we’ll explore a crash course on the history of the Bible and why it came into existence. It’s a covenant document, telling the story of how has rescued and redeemed a people, invited them into a covenant relationship, and given them t...more

  • Shaped

    Jan 24 2016

    From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. This week we tackle the question, what is the Bible for? What is this library of writings supposed to do in our life and community? We make the case that Scripture was designed to be read for formation, not just information. We are all being formed in a certain kind of person by our habits, our community, and our environment; Scripture is counter-formation. We read the Bible to consciously cooperate with God in shaping us ...more

  • Interpreting the Bible’s Creation Stories

    Jan 20 2016

    From a Midweek Lecture as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. Genesis chapters 1 and 2 contain some of the most explosive ideas about God and human beings that history has ever known, but they’ve been sadly overlooked due to the creation-evolution controversies in American history.  In this evening lecture, Tim Mackie will help us rediscover how ancient Israelites would have read and understood these stories, and explore how they contribute to the Biblical storyline as a whole.

  • The Book of Strange, New Things

    Jan 17 2016

    From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. What is the Bible? A lot’s at stake here. If we misunderstand what the Bible is, we’ll turn in into something it’s not. We’ll use and abuse it for our own ends. In this teaching, we make the case that the Bible is a library of writings that are both divine and human, that together tell a unified story which leads us to Jesus.

  • The Problem With the Bible

    Jan 10 2016

    From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.  We have a problem with the Bible. More and more followers of Jesus in the west don’t read it, don’t now how to read it, don’t even like it, and frankly, take issue with it. So why do we follow the Bible? Because we follow Jesus. He is our authority, but he has mediated his authority through the Bible. And on its pages we discover the map to the life that Jesus has on offer.

  • Sabbath as Resistance

    Dec 13 2015

  • Jesus and the Paycheck

    Dec 06 2015

  • Yes & No

    Nov 29 2015

  • Kavod

    Nov 22 2015

  • Living out Your Vocation

    Nov 16 2015

  • Identity & Vocation

    Nov 15 2015

  • Vocation Q&A

    Nov 08 2015

  • Identity & Calling

    Nov 01 2015

  • What Does it Mean to be Human?

    Oct 25 2015

  • This is a Letter (Not a Book)

    Sep 06 2015

  • The One Who Calls

    Aug 30 2015

  • The Meat and Bones of Prophecy

    Aug 25 2015

  • 24 / 7

    Aug 16 2015

  • Life is Better (and Harder) in Community

    Aug 09 2015

  • A Thief in the Night

    Aug 02 2015

  • Airplanes Falling From the Sky

    Jul 26 2015

  • The Church of the Future

    Jul 05 2015

  • Let's Talk About Sex

    Jun 28 2015

  • Paul's Three Prayers

    Jun 21 2015

  • The Parousia

    Jun 14 2015

  • The Genius of an Autobiography

    Jun 07 2015

  • The Model

    May 31 2015

  • Living in the Tension Between Gratitude and Grief

    May 24 2015

  • Jesus Is Lord, Caesar is Not

    May 17 2015

    From the series: 1 Thessalonians: The People of the Future 

  • The People of the Future

    May 10 2015

  • Recap: The Emotionally Healthy Church

    May 03 2015

  • Loose Ends

    Apr 26 2015

  • Holy

    Apr 19 2015

  • Hearing God's Voice

    Apr 12 2015

  • Reborn

    Apr 05 2015

  • The Fruit of the Spirit

    Mar 29 2015

  • The Spirit and Worship

    Mar 15 2015

  • Deliverance

    Mar 08 2015

  • Healing

    Mar 01 2015

  • Tongues

    Feb 22 2015

  • Prophecy

    Feb 15 2015

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Fact, Fiction, or Something Else?

    Feb 11 2015

  • Spirituals

    Feb 08 2015

  • Hearing God's Voice

    Feb 01 2015

  • God's Empowering Presence (Part 2)

    Jan 25 2015

  • Blessing the Future

    Jan 18 2015

  • God's Empowering Presence (Part 1)

    Jan 11 2015

  • Are You Thirsty?

    Jan 04 2015

    From the series: Receive The Holy Spirit

  • Part 8: Make Incarnation Your Model for Loving Well

    Dec 14 2014

  • Part 7: Embrace Grieving and Loss

    Dec 07 2014

  • Part 6: Sabbath

    Nov 30 2014

  • Part 5: Receive the Gift of Limits

    Nov 23 2014

  • Part 4: Living in Brokeness and Vulnerability

    Nov 16 2014

  • Part 3: Break the Power of the Past

    Nov 09 2014

  • Part 2: Look Beneath the Surface

    Nov 02 2014

  • Part 1: The Place of Pain

    Oct 26 2014

  • The Extra Ending of Mark

    Sep 07 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Resurrection Hope

    Aug 31 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Triumph of the Cross

    Aug 24 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Final Hour

    Aug 17 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Why the Cross?

    Aug 10 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Pilate, the Crowds and Barabbas

    Aug 03 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Priest, The Prophet, The Traitor

    Jul 27 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Garden

    Jul 06 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

    Jun 29 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Last Supper

    Jun 22 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Betrayal

    Jun 20 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

    Jun 15 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Cutting Room Floor: The Rapture

    Jun 08 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Watch!

    Jun 08 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Not One Stone will be Left on Another

    Jun 01 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Two Pennies

    May 25 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Standing on One Foot

    May 11 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • God of Living

    Apr 27 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • I Pledge Allegiance to the...

    Apr 13 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Nietzsche and the Owner's Son

    Apr 06 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Jesus and the Temple

    Mar 30 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Way

    Mar 23 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Q & A

    Mar 19 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Sex Pt. 2

    Mar 19 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Sex Pt. 1

    Mar 19 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Not So With You

    Mar 16 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • A Love Story

    Mar 16 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Eye of a Needle

    Mar 09 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Like a Little Child

    Mar 02 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Family

    Feb 23 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Identity

    Feb 16 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Marriage

    Feb 02 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • The End of Shame

    Jan 26 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Divorce

    Jan 26 2014

    From the series: Loveology

  • Be at Peace With Each Other

    Jan 19 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • One Glass of Water at a Time

    Jan 05 2014

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Are you Thirsty?

    Jan 04 2014

  • Down the Mountain

    Dec 08 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • A Glimpse of His Glory

    Dec 01 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • I see People; They Look Like Trees Walking Around

    Nov 24 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Déjà Vu

    Nov 17 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • He Does All Things Well

    Nov 10 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Heart

    Nov 03 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Ghost

    Sep 15 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • 5,000 Hungry, 5,000 Fed

    Sep 08 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Sandwich

    Sep 01 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Painful Homecoming

    Aug 25 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Daughter

    Aug 18 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Drive the Pigs Into the Sea

    Aug 11 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Quiet

    Aug 04 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Kingdom Stories

    Jul 28 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Kingdom Seed

    Jul 21 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • A House Divided

    Jul 14 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Many and the Few

    Jul 07 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Sabbath was Made for Man

    Jun 28 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Eating and Drinking

    Jun 23 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Jesus and the Scribes

    Jun 09 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • A Day in the Life of Jesus of Nazareth

    Jun 02 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Follow (Part 2)

    May 26 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Follow (Part 1)

    May 19 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Kingdom (Part 2)

    May 12 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Kingdom (Part 1)

    May 05 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Spirit and Wilderness

    Apr 28 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • In the Beloved

    Apr 21 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • New Exodus

    Apr 14 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Center of the Story

    Apr 07 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • The Beginning

    Mar 31 2013

    From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

  • Caesar's Household Says Hey

    Nov 11 2012

  • You're Missing out on Something Good

    Nov 04 2012

  • The Secret

    Oct 28 2012

  • Think

    Oct 21 2012

  • Portlanders

    Oct 18 2012

  • Be Anxious for Nothing

    Oct 14 2012

  • Stand Firm

    Oct 07 2012

  • A Colony of Heaven

    Sep 09 2012

  • To win the Prize

    Aug 26 2012

  • Skubalon

    Aug 19 2012

  • Watch Out for Those Dogs

    Aug 12 2012

  • Reasons to Rejoice

    Aug 05 2012

  • Flesh and Blood

    Jul 29 2012

  • Shine Like Stars

    Jul 22 2012

  • Fear and Trembling

    Jul 08 2012

  • Kenosis

    Jul 01 2012

  • Fill up my Joy to Overflowing

    Jun 24 2012

  • Torn in Two

    May 27 2012

  • The Redemptive Edge

    May 20 2012

  • All of You

    May 13 2012

  • The Story Isn't Over Yet

    May 06 2012

  • Grace & Peace

    Apr 29 2012

  • Welcome to Philippi Here's Your Cell

    Apr 22 2012

  • Citizens of the Gospel

    Apr 15 2012

  • Case Studies: Nehemiah, Esther, Joseph

    Apr 01 2012

  • Case Studies: Daniel

    Mar 25 2012

  • Generous

    Mar 18 2012

  • Its Hard to Find Good People

    Mar 04 2012

  • The Sabbath (I am not a Machine)

    Feb 26 2012

  • The Art of Yes + No

    Feb 19 2012

  • The Garden-City

    Feb 12 2012

  • The Blessing, The Curse, The Calling

    Feb 05 2012

  • Part 3

    Jan 29 2012