One of the things we have experienced in our faith community is the power of the table. Conversations around a table allow more space for understanding, questions, clarifications, and even disagreements. That’s the power of the table—we talk WITH each other rather than AT each other.
So we wanted to have some conversations about topics and with people that are interesting and important. And we want to invite you to the table with us.
We hope these conversations spur conversations in your life, around your tables and these conversations would help us all live a story that is a little bit bigger.
Mercy | Christmas Offering 2020
Over the next 2 years, we want to walk with the Exodus Road in expanding their investigations in Southeast Asia into the Philippines. They are developing an after-care pilot program called “Beyond Rescue” aimed at young women and men who are over 18 and want to leave the sex industry but have few options.
Through the Pando Collective, we are looking for local expressions of the Kingdom that we can partner with and support. One of our first big initiatives is with Weigh Out Ministries. We want to help with funds to establish community centers on the southeast part of town that can be hubs for teens in the community.
We want to continue to invest in helping people who have been displaced. The Lighthouse ministry that was started at Tyre Church develops community centers that serve refugee camps in 5 middle eastern countries. These centers meet tangible needs for food, job training/income, clothing, education, medical care and the Gospel.
Season 7: Politics
As believers, we want to be driven by the Kingdom and the Gospel in how we interact with our world… including politics. We must let Scripture anchor us rather than a political party’s platform, and we must remember that our security is ultimately found in the Lord.
We often get trapped by false choices – we’re constantly told we have to pick a side. But, it’s okay to see things on both sides that reflect Scripture. Jesus refused to be put in a box by choosing a side. He let the Kingdom rather than the question drive His answers.
Shifting to &, not Or gives us the ability to hold two things that seem in conflict. It allows politics to become discipleship when we express our position on an issue in a way that reflects Christ.
As believers, we already have a King. As we make decisions, we must remember that His Kingdom is independent of the ups and downs of this nation. So how do we approach voting in a Kingdom-centered way?
Season 6: Kingdom Life
Identity. Victory. Kingdom. Partners. We are focusing on these four words as we pursue Kingdom culture. We believe this Kingdom is worth leveraging everything we have to pursue, and we hope you’ll embrace that lifestyle with us!
It’s easy to anchor our identity in what we do, what we have, and what we desire. But that is not all of who we are. How can we hold on to the security of having a primary identity rooted in Christ? An identity that is not dependent on our performance or the season of life we’re in.
The Kingdom is coming. God is at work all around us. We can be part of that work by displaying the Kingdom through who we are and who God created us to be in the world.
To have victory, we have to receive what we don’t have from the God who loves us. We have to be vulnerable, for His power is made perfect in weakness. Being vulnerable and admitting our shame and brokenness lets us embrace our new identity in Christ.
We can’t do it alone. We need fellow believers alongside us as we seek the purposes of God and chase after the Kingdom together. Are we seeking relationships that are centered around what God is calling us to?
Season 5: Changes
The world is changing fast. Once of the challenges for the Church as the world changes is to not hang onto the past but to allow Jesus to lead us into something new.
Changes in our culture are leading to growing Biblical illiteracy, less awareness of cultural context and a general misunderstanding of the purpose of the Bible. This is an opportunity for the Church to reintroduce the Bible in new ways.
The changing culture has drastically changed the way that kids are exposed to harmful content and the brokenness of our world. How do parents navigate this change?
We have become a segmented culture. Our world is full of mindsets that conflict with our own. How do we reconcile those tensions in our culture and rise above the tribal mindset to become people of unity?
Season 4: Spiritual Formation
JM DeFoggi and Thomas Thompson explore how they have shifted from spiritual maturity towards spiritual formation.
JM and Thomas share some spiritual practices that are bringing fresh new growth to their walk with Christ.
Shari and Joey Buttenwieser talk about how they are living out spiritual formation with their kids at home.
Shari and Joey Buttenwieser share a spiritual practice they engage in regularly as a family.
Season 3: Sent
Katie Beth and Nate Huntley share about their worldwide experiences seeing lives changed.
Katie Beth and Nate continue talking about how God is using Lifeworkx worldwide.
Katie Beth and Nate share some of their favorite stories of life change.
Three moms talk about stepping on a college campus for the first time in decades, and seeing God at work.
The Ask-a-Moms share how God has worked in their own lives as they talk to college students
Season 2: Parenting
Thomas talks with Suzy Bates about the theme for this podcast season – encouraging parents to fight for their child’s heart not their behavior.
Suzy and Denise LaPlante talk about the world of screens our kids are growing up in and the talks that parents need to be thinking about having with them.
Suzy and Denise continue their conversation about screens and the talks that parents need to be having with their kids.
Suzy and Emily Thacker discuss the benefit of climbing trees verses playground equipment and how outdoor play can build character and resilience in kids.
Suzy continues her conversation with Emily about the benefits of outdoor play.
Suzy talks with Mark and Molly Windle about the beautiful road of blending a family.
Suzy continues her discussion with Mark and Molly about blending a family.
Suzy talks with Rob and Laura Shorey and Thomas and Jessica Thompson about the unique journey of launching kids out of the nest.
Season 1: The Bible
Thomas and JM talk about the difference between a tweet and a table as they introduce this season.
Thomas spoils both The Sixth Sense and the story of David and Goliath while sharing the story of God putting his family back together.
In which Thomas and JM discuss how books did or did not get in the Bible and JM introduces us to the Shepherd of Hermas.
JM and Thomas talk about how Avengers Infinity War helps explain the oral transmission of the gospel.
In which JM makes a painful German joke, Thomas fails his Billy Graham impersonation, and they discuss helpful—and unhelpful—ways we interpret the Bible.
In which we find out how Superman helps us see Jesus and Jesus helps us see the Bible.
JM talks about the Mark of the Beast in your wallet, and Thomas talks about some bad theology found in the Bible.