As we tackle some of the most current (and often divisive) issues, the topic of social media may be best seen as the very waters in which our dialogue on current issues swims. As Matt reminded us in his message, “Social Media pours fuel on the fire of the major issues of our day.” We… Read More #trending: social media
As we continue in our series #trending, this week Charles Yu tackled the topic of immigration. He helped us to see how the theme of being an immigrant is used throughout Scripture for the people of God, and how our response to the foreigner or alien in our midst is always to be love. Further… Read More #trending: Immigration
In our trending series, we are tackling topics where there is a lot of disagreement – not just within our society or culture, but even among those in our own church. These are topics that can be energizing, but also tend to divide people. Perhaps nowhere is this truer currently than with the first topic… Read More #trending: Political Discourse
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
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?
As a part of the Unsettling Questions series, Pastor Chris tackles perhaps the greatest and most fundamental unsettling question regarding our faith: “Does God exist?” Though philosophical arguments on this topic are never “airtight” or “conclusively demonstrable” (on either side of the argument), there are good arguments that lean toward the reasonableness of belief in… Read More Does God exist?
One of the questions I get most often is: Do you have any recommendations for books for my kids that will help them grow in their faith? As parents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors, we deeply care about the faith formation of the littlest people in our lives. Here are some recommendations: Ages 0-5 When God… Read More Summer Reading List (Children)
Earlier this week we shared a summer reading list for adults. In this post, we’re sharing both fiction and non-fiction recommendations for preteens and teens. These books are great reads that will expand your teen’s imagination, help them to know and love God better, or just simply distract them on a rainy summer afternoon. Fiction… Read More Summer Reading List (Preteens and Teens)
Summertime is here, which means many of us will find ourselves with a bit more time to read. If you haven’t created your summer TBR list, today’s the day to start. Don’t get stuck in a car or on a beach without a good book in hand. Along those lines, we’ve rounded up a few… Read More Summer Reading List (Adults)
In 2001, Blackhawk Church’s middle school pastor at the time, Jon Anderson, had a dream to take middle schoolers on a life-changing mission trip, not to another city, but right here in Madison. He wanted to give students the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their own city, serving and loving… Read More Madison Missions: A Story of A Changed Life