If It Isn’t Full of Grace AND Truth, It Isn’t Jesus

by Ben Sternke on December 18, 2014

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Lately I (along with my partner-in-crime Matt) have been thinking about what it means to live, love, and lead like Jesus. Not just the outward behavior stuff, but the inward character stuff.

How can we learn to becoming the same kind of person as Jesus? How can we learn his postures and attitudes? How can we truly become like him rather than merely mimic him in our own willpower? This is the most important work we will ever do as human beings.

One of the things I notice about the way Jesus loved others and created community through that love was that he calibrated grace and truth in every relationship. This spilled over into the early church community, where we see the same kind of thing happening: grace and truth held together to create a community of love.

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What To Do When Bad Things Happen

by Ben Sternke on November 24, 2014

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We’ve all been there. When the diagnosis comes back positive. When your position doesn’t survive that latest round of downsizing. When your spouse gives up on the marriage. When your teenager calls from jail.

Because we live in a fallen world, bad things happen. But of course this doesn’t make it easier to deal with the bad things that happen to us! Often our response to bad things only compounds the problems! How can we respond in a way that opens the door to healing and redemption?

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The Gift of Disillusionment

November 17, 2014
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Disillusionment isn’t fun. But it is a gift from God, who is removing our illusions so we can walk in the truth.

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Eat the Flesh, Drink the Blood

October 24, 2014
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What’s up with Jesus’ gruesome invitation to “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood”?

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How to Be Faithful AND Pragmatic In Ministry

October 16, 2014
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Thinking pragmatically about ministry is a massively polarizing issue, and rightly so. But what if there was a faithful way to be pragmatic about ministry?

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New Coaching Opportunities Starting Soon

October 13, 2014
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I’m starting two new coaching huddles soon. Grab your spot today to start building a Jesus-shaped culture!

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Hearing God’s Promises and Possessing the Land

September 15, 2014
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Living in faith (not fear or flesh) means we hear God’s promises and move out to take possession of them. Both hearing and doing are part of it

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Why Passion Isn’t Enough For Discipleship

July 18, 2014
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Passion isn’t enough to sustain a life of discipleship to Jesus. We’ll need something more if we’re going to follow Jesus for the long haul.

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How to Tick Off a Pharisee

June 8, 2014
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Today is Pentecost Sunday, a seemingly benign celebration in the midst of the church’s liturgical calendar. But it’s anything but benign. This is God’s revolution.

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Seeking One Thing and Finding Everything

May 12, 2014
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The key to finding everything you need is actually just seeking one thing.

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