Introduction to ReKnew
There’s never been anyone like Jesus. Not even close.
And yet, there’s no greater disconnect in history than the chasm between Jesus and many who claim his name.
If you’re like most thinking people, you’re frustrated by that. Or disappointed. The inconsistencies are rampant.
Or maybe you’ve recently faced a horrific tragedy and your seemingly coherent belief system has come crashing down all around you.
The good news is, there really is Good News. And after decades of reading and researching and debating and praying, it turns out it’s better than any of us dared dream.
Now there’s a movement getting back to basics, back to the simple yet radically beautiful and counter-cultural vision that Jesus unleashed two thousand years ago:
Welcome to ReKnew.
1. “But there are so many different pictures of God out there, and none of them ring true.”
We’ve found the center of the center to be that Jesus reveals what God is really like. And nothing puts a finer point on that than his willing, sacrificial death on a cross. After Jesus, everything else we know about God comes a much distant second.
2. “I just can’t believe in a God that would allow so much evil and suffering in the world.”
No doubt, the contemporary pictures of God out there leave much to be desired. Much to our relief, Jesus reveals that God is not to blame.
3. “I’m sick of power-hungry preachers and politicians claiming Jesus’ name.”
Jesus was apolitical, calling his followers to a “power under,” not “power over,” way of life. This radical love is not just God’s love for humanity but also the means by which God seeks to establish his kingdom here on earth. The far-reaching implications of that stand in stark contrast to the religions of our day.
4. “How could a loving God destine people to die in Nazi gas chambers? Or spend eternity in Hell?”
Clearly, the modern church’s obsession with God-as-puppeteer has gone off the rails. When you get back to Jesus, the picture of God is open, dynamic and truly beautiful. With no disclaimers, no hidden agendas, no fine print.
ReKnew invites you to engage in the discourse as together we seek to re-knew everything we knew about God.
Here’s all of the videos of the speakers and their Q&A’s from Open2013. Unfortunately, there was a mix-up and we didn’t get Jessica Kelley’s presentation taped. We’re working to get her to speak again so we can get that to you. Thanks for posting this on youtube T. C.! And now, without further ado… Greg…
In last weekend’s sermon, Greg tells us about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings on advent, and how getting in touch with our emptiness through silence and solitude can lead to peace. This short clip explains advent and the advantages of delayed gratification. You can download the entire sermon as well as other sermon resources by visiting the…
In the face of tragedy Christians unfortunately tend to recite clichés that attempt to reassure people that, however terrible things seem, everything is unfolding according to God’s mysterious plan. We hear that “God has his reasons”; “God’s ways are not our ways”; “God is still on his throne”; “God doesn’t make mistakes,” and things of…
This is the eighth of several videos Greg put together to refute Bart Ehrman’s claims published in the article What Do We Really Know About Jesus? In this segment, Greg gets into the nitty gritty of why portions of the birth account are not the dumbest lie ever. If you missed the first seven installments you can…
This is the fourth of several videos Greg put together to refute Bart Ehrman’s claims published in the article What Do We Really Know About Jesus? We hope you’re enjoying these! They really provide a great overall approach to Biblical Criticism. If you missed the first three installments you can find them here, here and here.
I guess Greg’s editor doesn’t follow his instructions very well. :) Greg is a great theologian and apologist but he’s not the most brilliant when it comes to technology.