Controversy sells. People thrive on conflict. Industries are built on stirring up anger and divisiveness. That’s why these subjects “trend” in our social media feeds and in the news. As followers of Jesus, we are called to a life filled with love for God and our neighbor. How in the world do we do that… Read More Series Introduction: #trending
As we dive deep into the book of Amos, we might find ourselves surprised by some of what we hear and read. The themes in Amos are weighty and sobering and, at times, overwhelming. So, maybe it’s time for a little check in. How are you responding to this series? Some of us may be… Read More An Amos Prayer
Hannah Busse and Travis Agnew from our Worship Arts team wrote a song called Open Our Eyes to help us meditate on the themes of Amos and the Blind Spots series. Enjoy! VERSE 1 Open our eyes Blindness surrounds us in shadows where we hide Open our eyes Forgive us our pride and our shallow,… Read More Open Our Eyes// An Amos Song
In his sermon this past Sunday, Pastor Chris tackled another challenging question regarding the Christian faith: “Is Jesus the only way?” This question is made particularly challenging in the real-world context of cultural and religious pluralism. Chris reminded us there is a difference between the cultural pluralism we are called to embrace (Romans 12:18; Jeremiah… Read More Unsettling Questions: Is Jesus the only way?
As we continue this week in our Unsettling Questions teaching series, Charles Yu tackles the question, Can the Bible be Trusted? As Charles reminds us, trusting the Bible has two important aspects: Believing what is written in the Bible corresponds to historical reality – thus the importance of archeology. Trusting the Bible also implies relying… Read More Can the Bible be Trusted?
The term blind spot is used to describe that place in a person’s range of vision where they cannot see properly, even though they expect to be able to see. Many of us have had the experience of nearly crashing into someone as we’re switching lanes because the other car was in our… blind spot.… Read More Series Introduction: Blind Spots (the book of Amos)
Sex is a big deal in our culture. This is nothing new. As we work through some of life’s challenging questions in our current Unsettling Questions series, this week Pastor Chris tackles the question: Why is sex such a big deal? For some, talking about sex can feel awkward. For others, it’s a topic that… Read More Unsettling Questions: Why is sex such a big deal?
In our current series, Unsettling Questions, we’re working through a few of life’s difficult questions. This week Chris is tackling the question: Why would a loving God allow so much pain and suffering? As humans with a limited perspective, this is a very natural question. Most of us ask it at one point or another. The… Read More Why would a loving God allow so much suffering?
At Blackhawk Church, we try not to shy away from difficult questions.These questions can become barriers that prevent us from taking next steps in our faith walk. Wrestling with challenging or unsettling questions can be hard, but this process often helps us grow in our faith – wherever we are on our faith journey. In… Read More Series Introduction: Unsettling Questions
As a young boy, I received a Christmas gift I’ll never forget. I was given an electronic keyboard. I am sure my parents were hopeful that this gift would turn into a love of music, but that isn’t how it turned out. I remember this gift not because it was the beginning of a fantastic… Read More 4 Tools to Help You Understand Scripture