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

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Severed Heads & Phony Kings
36:28

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.

Aug 18, 2019
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
44:47

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. 

Aug 11, 2019
Trinity & Hospitality
46:58

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. 

Aug 04, 2019
A Community of Honor in a Culture of Contempt
59:25

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.

Jul 28, 2019
One of Jesus’ Most Radical Ideas: Family
44:36

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.

Jul 21, 2019
Jesus' Call to Community
01:04:20

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.

Jul 14, 2019
The Inevitability of Rejection
42:24

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.

Jul 07, 2019
The Wheat & the Weed Wackers
53:05

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.

Jun 30, 2019
The Four Soils
55:18

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.

Jun 23, 2019
Case Study: Rachel & Leah
51:22

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 make the transition to maturity, as well as the invitation and hope for those who do.

Jun 16, 2019
The Dark Night of the Soul Pt. 2
52:58

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 spiritual journey is always one from attachment and anxiety to freedom to love, and into a growing sense of union with God.  

Jun 09, 2019
The Dark Night of the Soul
49:38

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 aground in our journey. In part one of a two-part teaching on the dark night, we explore Jesus’ invitations to us in seasons of darkness and dryness.

Jun 02, 2019
Second Half of Life Spirituality
47:07

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 old person do I want to be?”  If we want to go the distance Jesus calls us to move from the “identity journey” to “wisdom journey”.  Listen in to learn more about following Jesus in the second half of life.

May 26, 2019
Active & Passive Spirituality
50:32

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?

May 19, 2019
Interview with Mike Pilavachi
37:16

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

May 17, 2019
First Half / Second Half of Life
53:54

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 we find ourselves in the first half, the middle passage, or the second half of life.

May 12, 2019
The Critical Journey
01:04:21

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.

May 05, 2019
Shema Reimagined
37:26

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.

Apr 28, 2019
The End of the Journey is Love
43:27

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 news of Easter have to say to our cultural moment of meaninglessness and hopelessness?

Apr 21, 2019
The Three Ways
50:01

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 attempt to map the spiritual journey. And while all journeys are different, it turns out, all journeys are similar too. In the first teaching in our series, we explore an ancient paradigm called “The Three Ways,” which charts a course from purgation through illumination to union.

Apr 14, 2019
Interview with Luke & Anna Hellebronth
42:14

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

Apr 08, 2019
Question & Response
53:03
 Live Q&R from the Holy Spirit Conference with Luke & Anna Hellebronth, Alan Scott, & John Mark Comer
Apr 08, 2019
Session 3
43:39

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

Apr 07, 2019
Session 2
55:20

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

Apr 06, 2019
Session 1
39:29

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

Apr 05, 2019
Seek His Face
59:42

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

Mar 31, 2019
Big Fish, Queens, & the Family of Jesus
45:44

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.

Mar 24, 2019
Singleness
44:46

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.

Mar 22, 2019
Marriage
46:55

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.

Mar 21, 2019
Jesus, Gender, & Trans Community
57:01

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.

Mar 20, 2019
Jesus & The Gay Community
01:16:27

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.

Mar 19, 2019
Sexual Formation
58:25

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.

Mar 19, 2019
God & Sexuality
01:06:49

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.

Mar 10, 2019
Brood of Vipers
40:55

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.

Mar 03, 2019
Worship: An Adventure in Reality
40:22

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.

Feb 24, 2019
Stop, Rest, Delight, & Worship
52:31

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.

Feb 17, 2019
A Sabbath Meditation
39:51

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.

Feb 10, 2019
Subversive Sabbath
52:08

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.

Feb 03, 2019
Sabbath & Your Humanity
45:10

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.

Jan 27, 2019
Sabbath as Resistance
48:24

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.

Jan 20, 2019
Sabbath as Rhythm
47:21

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 into the rhythm of creation, 2. Blessed, 3. Holy, 4. Not a day off, but a day for worship, 5. Both a command and a gift, and 6. A day we are to remember.

Jan 13, 2019
Rest For Your Soul
01:01:58

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.

Jan 06, 2019
The Story We Crave
43:05

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.

Dec 30, 2018
Part 11: Self-Denial in an Age of Self-Fulfillment
49:41

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.

Dec 16, 2018
Part 10: The Way of the World
49:08

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?

Dec 09, 2018
Part 9: The Slavery of Freedom: Part 2
58:42

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.

Dec 02, 2018
Jesus and Women
31:34

From our annual justice series.

Nov 25, 2018
Part 8: The Slavery of Freedom: Part 1
01:01:53

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. 

Nov 18, 2018
Special Announcement: Building Campaign
17:57

A special announcement for those who follow Bridgetown Church.

Nov 18, 2018
Part 7: Footholds vs Faithfulness
45:39

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? 

Nov 11, 2018
Part 6: God of Evil
38:14

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?

Nov 04, 2018
Part 5: The Man Who Silenced Satan
44:17

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.

Oct 28, 2018
Part 4: The Devil's Disinformation Campaign
55:17

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." 

Oct 21, 2018
Part 3: God, the “gods”, and the Spiritual Backdrop of the Bible
45:40

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.

Oct 14, 2018
Part 2: The Truth About Lies
57:24

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.

Oct 07, 2018
Part 1: The Truth About Lies
01:04:03

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 devil is first and foremost about the war to believe truth over lies.

Sep 30, 2018
Part 4: Vision Exercises & On Earth as it is in Heaven
01:02:48

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. 

Sep 23, 2018
Part 3: Vision Sunday
01:25:48

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.

Sep 17, 2018
Part 2: Life of an Apprentice
53:37

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.

Sep 16, 2018
Part 1: Alpha Sunday
44:46

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 company and engage important conversation about life. No cost. Follow the link to register bridgetown.church/alpha 

Sep 09, 2018
A Problem With Tradition
44:02

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? 

Sep 02, 2018
Part 8: The Altar and the Table
46:20

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. 

Aug 26, 2018
Part 7: How the Meal Became the Mass
01:05:58

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 devolve? And how could we re-imagine this practice as a meal?

Aug 19, 2018
Part 6: Dining Room Table Christianity
48:09

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? 

Aug 12, 2018
The Secret of the Easy Yoke
45:41

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?

Aug 05, 2018
We’re All Thomas Now
47:15

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.

Jul 29, 2018
Dying to Live
33:11

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?

Jul 22, 2018
Part 5: How to Become the Happiest Person Alive
58:38

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…

Jul 15, 2018
Part 4: Church Around a Table
41:21

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?

Jul 08, 2018
Postures for Our Time and Place
42:08

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.

Jul 02, 2018
Make Room for the New Thing
41:44

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?

Jun 24, 2018
Following Jesus and Eating With Sinners
31:58

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

Jun 17, 2018
Part 3: Food: Justice and Injustice
36:47

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?

Jun 10, 2018
Part 2: Neighboring
55:58

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?

Jun 03, 2018
Part 1: Radically Ordinary Hospitality
58:32

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.

May 27, 2018
Dreams: God's Night Parables
54:10

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.

May 20, 2018
Storms, Pigs, and the Authority of Jesus
42:35

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.

May 13, 2018
The Journey of Faith
45:16

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? 

May 06, 2018
Session 4
42:51

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

Apr 29, 2018
Session 3
53:23

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

Apr 29, 2018
Session 2
01:09:26

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

Apr 28, 2018
Session 1
01:04:18

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

Apr 27, 2018
Receiving the Kingdom, Giving the Kingdom
43:30

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. 

Apr 22, 2018
A Haunting Way to End a Sermon
51:30

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.

Apr 15, 2018
Here Comes the Wolf Pack
47:38

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.

Apr 08, 2018
Easter: Groaning in Hope
36:52

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.

Apr 01, 2018
Part 4: The How-To of Reconciliation
46:34

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.

Mar 25, 2018
Part 3: The How-To of Forgiveness
37:00

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 the emotions attached to our wounds.

Mar 18, 2018
Part 2: Transform or Transmit
38:36

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.

Mar 11, 2018
Part 1: Forgiving & Being Forgiven
40:53

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.

Mar 04, 2018
Two Ways
36:35

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.

Feb 25, 2018
The Golden Rule
39:37

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. 

Feb 18, 2018
Cosmic Collision
42:15

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. 

Feb 11, 2018
This Cultural Moment: What is Post-Christian Culture?
22:43

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 discussion continues. thisculturalmoment.com

Feb 06, 2018
Ask. Seek. Knock.
39:36

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.

Feb 04, 2018
Part 3: To Stand in Solidarity With the Poor
49:05

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.

Jan 28, 2018
Part 2: To Pray
44:52

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.

Jan 21, 2018
Fasting: Our Relationship to Food, Body, and Image
36:14

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.

Jan 18, 2018
Part 1: To Starve the Flesh and Feed the Spirit
55:09

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.

Jan 14, 2018
Jesus on Judgement
45:46

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. 

Jan 07, 2018
God's Character, Our Confidence
48:19

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.

Dec 31, 2017
The Eye. The Heart. The Master.
35:40

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.

Dec 17, 2017
Your Treasure is Doomed
43:26

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.

Dec 10, 2017
Lean Back
41:51

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

 - Dave Lomas
Dec 03, 2017
Dreams: Different, Harder, Longer, Better
46:23

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.

Nov 26, 2017
The Cost of Fast Fashion
38:11

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 industry, and only 2% of them make a living wage, as the people of Jesus we want to tell an alternative story.

Nov 19, 2017
Part 6: How We Change - Intentional Spiritual Formation
48:08

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.

Nov 19, 2017
Part 5: How We Change - Unintentional Spiritual Formation
43:14

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.

Nov 12, 2017
Part 4: Calling: The Outward Journey
30:02

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.

Nov 05, 2017
Part 3: Calling: The Inward Journey
48:40

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. 

Oct 29, 2017
Part 2: Identity
46:17

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.

Oct 22, 2017
Part 1: The Journey
45:20

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 step.

Oct 15, 2017
Seven Cultural Markers
48:07

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.

Oct 08, 2017
Seven Shifts
48:45

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. 

Oct 01, 2017
Our Cultural Moment
54:41

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.  

Sep 24, 2017
Practicing the Way of Jesus, Together, in Portland
45:04

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.

Sep 17, 2017
Fasting
39:05

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.

Sep 10, 2017
Prayer
44:53

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. 

Sep 03, 2017
Non-Violence: Interview with Bruxy Cavey
37:58

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.

Sep 02, 2017
Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Greg Boyd
01:03:10

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.

Sep 01, 2017
Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Gerry Breshears
42:50

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.

Aug 31, 2017
Non-Violence: Interview with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
26:59

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.

Aug 30, 2017
Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Tim Mackie
01:00:29

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.

Aug 29, 2017
Non-Violence: Interview with Dr. Preston Sprinkle
54:21

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.

Aug 28, 2017
The Tyranny of Living for the Approval of Others
48:45

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.

Aug 27, 2017
Jesus on His Most Radical Idea: Enemy Love
51:48

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?

Aug 20, 2017
Jesus on Breaking the Chain of Violence
45:22

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.

Aug 13, 2017
Blessing a Move of God
50:32

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.

Aug 06, 2017
Jesus on Truth and Integrity
40:49

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. 

Jul 30, 2017
Jesus on Objectification and Oppression
54:33

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. 

Jul 23, 2017
Jesus on Anger
51:39

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.

Jul 16, 2017
What Does Jesus Think About the Bible?
42:27

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?

Jul 09, 2017
Part 9: Fixed Hour Prayer
54:25

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.

Jul 02, 2017
Part 8: Prayer Training
50:58

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. 

Jun 25, 2017
Part 7: Listening Prayer
35:23

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. 

Jun 18, 2017
Part 6: Imaginative Prayer
46:16

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. 

Jun 11, 2017
Part 5: Singing Prayer
32:12

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.

Jun 04, 2017
Part 4: Unanswered Prayer
46:49

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?

May 28, 2017
Part 3: Intercessory Prayer
45:08

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.

May 21, 2017
Part 2: Contemplative Prayer
42:43

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. 

May 14, 2017
Part 1: Teach Us to Pray
41:24

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 potential to open up a whole new dimension to our life with the Father.

May 07, 2017
Has The World Gone Mad?
43:45

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.

May 04, 2017
Salt the Earth, Light the World
32:35

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.

Apr 30, 2017
Worship & The Holy Spirit
33:06

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.

Apr 23, 2017
Hope Like Nothing the World had Ever Seen
40:47

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.

Apr 16, 2017
Who is Actually Blessed?
47:00

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.

Apr 09, 2017
The Kingdom of God
52:32

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?

Apr 03, 2017
Carry the Name
46:43

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 A Name” from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
Forgiving Wickedness, Rebellion, and Sin
44:54

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 A Name” from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
Abounding in Love and Faithfulness
37:28

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 A Name” from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
Slow to Anger
48:16

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 A Name” from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
Compassionate and Gracious
45:08

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 A Name” from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
Yahweh Elohim
52:29

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 A Name” from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
Yahweh
36:11

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 A Name" from John Mark Comer.

Apr 03, 2017
God Has A Name
03:57

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.

Mar 29, 2017
Part 5: Healing of Memories Practice
19:58

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.org/past.

Mar 28, 2017
Part 4: Generational Blessing
48:13

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.

Mar 26, 2017
Part 3: Narrative Scripts
40:31

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.

 

Mar 19, 2017
Part 2: Relational Patterns
43:20

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.

Mar 12, 2017
Part 1: Generational Sin
57:57

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.

 

Mar 05, 2017
Into the Wilderness
42:09

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. 

Feb 26, 2017
Out of the Wilderness
46:04

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? 

Feb 19, 2017
Origin Story
36:27

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.

Feb 12, 2017
A Genealogy, Really?
48:03

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.

Feb 05, 2017
Retreat
09:17

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."

Feb 02, 2017
Lectio Divina
08:00

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.

Feb 02, 2017
Listening Prayer
09:57

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.

Feb 02, 2017
Casting Cares
09:18

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. 

Feb 02, 2017
Saving Justice
01:21:07

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.

Jan 31, 2017
Elijah and Mt. Horeb
47:34

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.

Jan 29, 2017
Elijah and the Broom Bush
52:53

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.

Jan 22, 2017
Jesus and the Lonely Place
48:36

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.

Jan 15, 2017
Moving from the Fear of Man into Freedom
45:35

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.

Jan 03, 2017
Hurry: The Great Enemy of Spiritual Life
51:24

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.

Dec 18, 2016
The Cross: Self-Denial In An Age Of Self-Fulfillment
50:09

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.

Dec 11, 2016
How We Change: The Holy Spirit
50:21

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?

Dec 04, 2016
Community And Confrontation
44:45

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.

Nov 28, 2016
Community As Family
50:08

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.

Nov 20, 2016
A Pastoral Word On The Election
17:49

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.

Nov 14, 2016
How We Change: Community
46:50

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.

Nov 13, 2016
How We Change: Key Thoughts on Practice
59:35

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.

Nov 06, 2016
How We Change: Teaching and Practice
46:18
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.


Oct 30, 2016
Do What Jesus Did
43:11
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.
Oct 23, 2016
Become Like Jesus
45:51
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.
Oct 17, 2016
Be With Jesus
46:47

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.

Oct 10, 2016
Practicing The Way
48:00
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.
Oct 03, 2016
Kingdom Parables: The Mustard Seed
41:26
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. 
Sep 26, 2016
Creative Minority Panel
48:01
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. 
Sep 19, 2016
Outro: Daniel vs. The Modern World
46:46
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.

Sep 12, 2016
Hope
54:37
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. 
Sep 04, 2016
Empire vs. Kingdom
55:55
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. 
Aug 28, 2016
Witness
45:20
From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Aug 21, 2016
Resistance
53:32
From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Aug 14, 2016
Non-Participation
51:48
From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Aug 07, 2016
Influence
56:20
From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jul 31, 2016
Compromise
57:20
From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jul 24, 2016
Intro: A Creative Minority
47:51
From the series Life In Exile: On Becoming A Creative Minority as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jul 17, 2016
Song Of Songs: The Sex Talk
54:01
From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jul 10, 2016
Ecclesiastes: More than Mist
36:45
From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jul 03, 2016
The Way Life Works
39:29
From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jun 26, 2016
Overcoming Evil With Good
41:57
From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jun 19, 2016
Man’s Search for Meaning
48:11
From the series The Sage: On The Problem Of Evil And Good as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Jun 12, 2016
Prayer Training
01:09:47
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. 
Jun 06, 2016
Why?
45:26
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.
Jun 05, 2016
Job: The Curtain Behind The Universe
56:34
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.
May 29, 2016
Disappearing Church
01:05:03
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…”
May 22, 2016
Rebuild, Restore, Renew
42:53
From the series The Prophet as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. 
May 22, 2016
The Kingdom
50:47
From the series The Prophet as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
May 21, 2016
The Prophet
58:41
From the series The Prophet as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy. 
May 08, 2016
Is God A Blood Thirsty Carnivore?
38:22
From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
May 01, 2016
How to Read and Interpret the Old Testament
42:09
From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Apr 24, 2016
Failing, Not Failure
41:21
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.

Apr 17, 2016
It Happens All The Time
48:33
From the series The Story Of Israel as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Apr 03, 2016
The Turning Point
47:50
From our gatherings on Easter Sunday as we discuss how Jesus offers the Kingdom you are looking for. 
Mar 27, 2016
New Creation: The King Comes Back
34:02
From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

Revelation 21 - 22
Mar 21, 2016
Violence and The Old Testament
51:05
From a Midweek Lecture as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Mar 16, 2016
Church: The Kingdom Spreads To The World
43:12
From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.

Acts - Jude
Mar 13, 2016
Jesus: The King Comes with His Kingdom
40:45
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.
Mar 06, 2016
Israel: The Kingdom Begins Again
37:21
From the series The Story Of God as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy

Genesis 12 – Malachi

Feb 28, 2016
Fall: The Kingdom Rebels Against The King
43:44
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.
Feb 21, 2016
Creation: The Kingdom Begins
48:00
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.
Feb 14, 2016
Eat It
57:00
From the series It Is Written as part of the Year Of Biblical Literacy.
Feb 07, 2016
The Cutting Room Floor: Inerrancy
23:00
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?


Feb 06, 2016
Where On Earth Did the Bible Come From?
53:00
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 the terms of the covenant relationship. That story all leads to Jesus and the family he invites all humans to join.
Jan 31, 2016
Shaped
47:00
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 into the image of Jesus.
Jan 24, 2016
Interpreting the Bible’s Creation Stories
01:43:00
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. 
Jan 20, 2016
The Book of Strange, New Things
52:00
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.
Jan 17, 2016
The Problem With the Bible
01:06:00
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.
Jan 10, 2016
Sabbath as Resistance
42:25
Dec 13, 2015
Jesus and the Paycheck
57:20
Dec 06, 2015
Yes & No
46:25
Nov 29, 2015
Kavod
45:08
Nov 22, 2015
Living out Your Vocation
01:08:36
Nov 16, 2015
Identity & Vocation
42:16
Nov 15, 2015
Vocation Q&A
51:42
Nov 08, 2015
Identity & Calling
48:18
Nov 01, 2015
What Does it Mean to be Human?
40:01
Oct 25, 2015
This is a Letter (Not a Book)
18:46
Sep 06, 2015
The One Who Calls
34:56
Aug 30, 2015
The Meat and Bones of Prophecy
57:55
Aug 25, 2015
24 / 7
45:37
Aug 16, 2015
Life is Better (and Harder) in Community
48:15
Aug 09, 2015
A Thief in the Night
44:58
Aug 02, 2015
Airplanes Falling From the Sky
48:24
Jul 26, 2015
The Church of the Future
41:33
Jul 05, 2015
Let's Talk About Sex
34:01
Jun 28, 2015
Paul's Three Prayers
43:51
Jun 21, 2015
The Parousia
36:36
Jun 14, 2015
The Genius of an Autobiography
49:06
Jun 07, 2015
The Model
43:54
May 31, 2015
Living in the Tension Between Gratitude and Grief
37:34
May 24, 2015
Jesus Is Lord, Caesar is Not
35:10

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

May 17, 2015
The People of the Future
42:59
May 10, 2015
Recap: The Emotionally Healthy Church
46:49
May 03, 2015
Loose Ends
43:24
Apr 26, 2015
Holy
50:04
Apr 19, 2015
Hearing God's Voice
51:05
Apr 12, 2015
Reborn
45:56
Apr 05, 2015
The Fruit of the Spirit
44:07
Mar 29, 2015
The Spirit and Worship
01:00:56
Mar 15, 2015
Deliverance
50:31
Mar 08, 2015
Healing
01:00:45
Mar 01, 2015
Tongues
46:07
Feb 22, 2015
Prophecy
57:50
Feb 15, 2015
Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Fact, Fiction, or Something Else?
01:05:37
Feb 11, 2015
Spirituals
48:07
Feb 08, 2015
Hearing God's Voice
01:03:23
Feb 01, 2015
God's Empowering Presence (Part 2)
45:27
Jan 25, 2015
Blessing the Future
50:30
Jan 18, 2015
God's Empowering Presence (Part 1)
01:01:00
Jan 11, 2015
Are You Thirsty?
52:52

From the series: Receive The Holy Spirit

Jan 04, 2015
Part 8: Make Incarnation Your Model for Loving Well
46:00
Dec 14, 2014
Part 7: Embrace Grieving and Loss
51:12
Dec 07, 2014
Part 6: Sabbath
43:27
Nov 30, 2014
Part 5: Receive the Gift of Limits
53:10
Nov 23, 2014
Part 4: Living in Brokeness and Vulnerability
49:11
Nov 16, 2014
Part 3: Break the Power of the Past
49:37
Nov 09, 2014
Part 2: Look Beneath the Surface
47:15
Nov 02, 2014
Part 1: The Place of Pain
52:45
Oct 26, 2014
The Extra Ending of Mark
39:01

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Sep 07, 2014
The Resurrection Hope
42:30

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 31, 2014
Triumph of the Cross
48:21

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 24, 2014
The Final Hour
53:03

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 17, 2014
Why the Cross?
43:35

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 10, 2014
Pilate, the Crowds and Barabbas
44:24

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 03, 2014
The Priest, The Prophet, The Traitor
36:44

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jul 27, 2014
The Garden
45:27

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jul 06, 2014
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
40:54

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 29, 2014
The Last Supper
36:37

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 22, 2014
The Betrayal
35:53

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 20, 2014
The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
30:00

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 15, 2014
Cutting Room Floor: The Rapture
26:58

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 08, 2014
Watch!
38:18

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 08, 2014
Not One Stone will be Left on Another
45:40

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 01, 2014
Two Pennies
40:06

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

May 25, 2014
Standing on One Foot
39:42

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

May 11, 2014
God of Living
45:59

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 27, 2014
I Pledge Allegiance to the...
43:07

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 13, 2014
Nietzsche and the Owner's Son
41:41

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 06, 2014
Jesus and the Temple
44:17

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Mar 30, 2014
The Way
38:21

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Mar 23, 2014
Q & A
01:18:36

From the series: Loveology

Mar 19, 2014
Sex Pt. 2
31:15

From the series: Loveology

Mar 19, 2014
Sex Pt. 1
34:06

From the series: Loveology

Mar 19, 2014
Not So With You
46:00

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Mar 16, 2014
A Love Story
43:22

From the series: Loveology

Mar 16, 2014
Eye of a Needle
40:40

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Mar 09, 2014
Like a Little Child
32:52

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Mar 02, 2014
Family
51:40

From the series: Loveology

Feb 23, 2014
Identity
31:34

From the series: Loveology

Feb 16, 2014
Marriage
42:25

From the series: Loveology

Feb 02, 2014
The End of Shame
37:36

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jan 26, 2014
Divorce
43:56

From the series: Loveology

Jan 26, 2014
Be at Peace With Each Other
42:10

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jan 19, 2014
One Glass of Water at a Time
39:48

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jan 05, 2014
Are you Thirsty?
52:52
Jan 04, 2014
Down the Mountain
47:39

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Dec 08, 2013
A Glimpse of His Glory
45:07

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Dec 01, 2013
I see People; They Look Like Trees Walking Around
40:54

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Nov 24, 2013
Déjà Vu
40:00

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Nov 17, 2013
He Does All Things Well
37:47

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Nov 10, 2013
Heart
42:27

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Nov 03, 2013
Ghost
42:20

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Sep 15, 2013
5,000 Hungry, 5,000 Fed
45:38

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Sep 08, 2013
The Sandwich
45:00

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Sep 01, 2013
The Painful Homecoming
46:28

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 25, 2013
Daughter
42:02

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 18, 2013
Drive the Pigs Into the Sea
36:33

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 11, 2013
Quiet
42:26

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Aug 04, 2013
Kingdom Stories
45:47

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jul 28, 2013
The Kingdom Seed
47:55

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jul 21, 2013
A House Divided
51:08

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jul 14, 2013
The Many and the Few
48:24

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jul 07, 2013
The Sabbath was Made for Man
42:10

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 28, 2013
Eating and Drinking
48:55

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 23, 2013
Jesus and the Scribes
47:00

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 09, 2013
A Day in the Life of Jesus of Nazareth
39:26

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Jun 02, 2013
Follow (Part 2)
45:16

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

May 26, 2013
Follow (Part 1)
34:06

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

May 19, 2013
The Kingdom (Part 2)
40:38

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

May 12, 2013
The Kingdom (Part 1)
42:13

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

May 05, 2013
Spirit and Wilderness
47:09

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 28, 2013
In the Beloved
37:57

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 21, 2013
New Exodus
46:07

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 14, 2013
The Center of the Story
42:05

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Apr 07, 2013
The Beginning
41:45

From the series, "Gospel of Mark"

Mar 31, 2013
Caesar's Household Says Hey
44:54
Nov 11, 2012
You're Missing out on Something Good
48:37
Nov 04, 2012
The Secret
37:14
Oct 28, 2012
Think
37:14
Oct 21, 2012
Portlanders
07:39
Oct 18, 2012
Be Anxious for Nothing
38:15
Oct 14, 2012
Stand Firm
34:30
Oct 07, 2012
A Colony of Heaven
42:44
Sep 09, 2012
To win the Prize
41:14
Aug 26, 2012
Skubalon
45:35
Aug 19, 2012
Watch Out for Those Dogs
43:04
Aug 12, 2012
Reasons to Rejoice
41:04
Aug 05, 2012
Flesh and Blood
55:07
Jul 29, 2012
Shine Like Stars
47:43
Jul 22, 2012
Fear and Trembling
53:03
Jul 08, 2012
Kenosis
41:54
Jul 01, 2012
Fill up my Joy to Overflowing
44:44
Jun 24, 2012
Torn in Two
41:48
May 27, 2012
The Redemptive Edge
40:28
May 20, 2012
All of You
39:30
May 13, 2012
The Story Isn't Over Yet
39:59
May 06, 2012
Grace & Peace
39:12
Apr 29, 2012
Welcome to Philippi Here's Your Cell
51:35
Apr 22, 2012
Citizens of the Gospel
44:24
Apr 15, 2012
Case Studies: Nehemiah, Esther, Joseph
49:10
Apr 01, 2012
Case Studies: Daniel
48:59
Mar 25, 2012
Generous
56:33
Mar 18, 2012
Its Hard to Find Good People
46:31
Mar 04, 2012
The Sabbath (I am not a Machine)
43:21
Feb 26, 2012
The Art of Yes + No
50:48
Feb 19, 2012
The Garden-City
53:55
Feb 12, 2012
The Blessing, The Curse, The Calling
49:25
Feb 05, 2012
Part 3
53:45
Jan 29, 2012
Part 2
49:50
Jan 22, 2012
Part 1
49:56
Jan 05, 2012
The Way
58:30
Dec 18, 2011
Planks, Pigs, Dogs, and Pearls
45:59
Dec 11, 2011
The God who Sees
40:39
Nov 27, 2011
Enemy
47:08
Nov 20, 2011
The Downward Spiral
47:54
Nov 13, 2011
Do Not Murder - check
55:25
Nov 06, 2011
The Law and the Prophets
55:41
Oct 30, 2011
The God who Comes Down the Ladder
50:20
Oct 23, 2011
The Man by the Side of the Road
41:03
Oct 16, 2011
House to House
55:10
Oct 09, 2011
Go
48:34
Oct 02, 2011
Salt+Light
58:10
Sep 25, 2011
Pray
42:25
Sep 18, 2011
Grace and Peace
50:07
Oct 03, 2010
To the Church of God in Corinth
50:04
Sep 26, 2010
I Am Paul
55:00
Sep 10, 2010