The Whole Story
Jesus's Revolution of the People, Pt. 2
June 28, 2020 • Chris Rattay
How do you change the status quo? Where do you start and who do you begin with? Often, change is so entangled with judgment that we forget judgment isn't the end. It is merely a tool that is used to break down hearts and walls. Without repentance, it only brings pain and great suffering. Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay shares how Jesus chose to break the status quo followed with an opportunity for wrongdoers to repent, bringing a shalom-based change for the wronged and wrongdoers alike.
Jesus's Revolution of the People, Pt. 1
June 21, 2020 • Chris Rattay
The foundation of oppression is untruth. People [within the church] are told and believe that they are less than human. That they will never measure up to the success of society, pitted against an invisible, unattainable goal by which their every being is measured against. But Jesus offers a different story, a new story, based wholly upon the fact that in the kingdom of God, every person is of the same value as the other. There is NO ONE greater than the other.
God's Heart for Systemic Change
June 14, 2020 • Chris Rattay
“As God sets up a nation of Shalom, He sets up a political system to serve people through fairness and justice. He sets up the economic system to serve people through shared wealth and generosity. He set up the religious system to worship him and obey Him. He also set up the system of the prophets so they would be the ones who would check all the systems so they could call those out who began to move away from God’s heart & values. We can see that God intended for all the systems to prioritize people over production. To prioritize people over money, people over excessive comforts.”
A Response to George Floyd's Death
May 31, 2020 • Chris Rattay
How does the church respond to the countless acts of violence and hatred that are happening across America right now? What action should it take? Is there a right answer? Listen as Pastor Chris Rattay speaks from his heart with honesty and humility on the position of the church and its people. Listen as he lays down his fears before Jesus in prayer of the hurt within our brothers and sisters in Christ, for our cities, and what we as a church should do in the face of unprecedented times.
No Greater Tragedy
May 24, 2020 • Chris Rattay
We engage with this world with a self-focused perspective – we just can't help it. We will never join Jesus in what he is doing if all we do is lament and gawk at how bad the world is. E. Stanley Jones, a missionary to India, rightly observed the early Christians who were oppressed and persecuted did not say in dismay, "Look at what the world has come to." Rather, the early Christians said in great hope, "Look at what has come to the world!" Jones said that the early Christians saw not only the ruin but the resources for the reconstruction of that ruin. They saw that not merely did sin did abound, but that grace did abound much more.
May 17, 2020 • Enrique Melendez
Sometimes there are people who come into our lives and unrecoverably change it for the better. Often then are people close to us. But there is the odd stranger who is there and gone–the unlikely hero. Listen as guest speaker Pastor Enrique Melendez from Hope Community Church talks about those strangers through 1 Kings 17 and the ways we, too, can become those unlikely heroes and champions in a time of worldwide uncertainty and isolation.
A Greater Understanding
May 3, 2020 • Chris Rattay
In the beginning, God placed two trees in the garden of Eden: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Popular culture will tell you otherwise. Some will insist that God did not want to impart with this 'special wisdom' and leave mankind in the dark. This could not be further from the truth–God delights in our knowledge of who He is. But then why was eating from the tree such a terrible sin? Listen as Pastor Chris talks through Genesis chapters 2 & 3 and the garden of Eden, a father's promise, and the growth found in a greater understanding of God's plan.
A Banquet of Relationships
April 26, 2020 • Chris Rattay
Shalom: used as a greeting in Biblical times, but at its essence, it captures the early church vision and early aspects of human society where "the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox" (Isaiah 65). In a modern-day context, this word is all the more important, where there are divisions between genders, political affiliations, religions, sexuality. Pastor Chris Rattay speaks on how to cross this divide and how Jesus can bring 'shalom' to both inside the walls of the church and beyond.
April 19, 2020 • Chris Rattay
If God intends for His church to be the main way that his Kingdom restores our community, then we would expect the growth of the church linked to more evidence of the presence of the kingdom of God. Something is wrong. Why has not the church transformed the world around it? Or should we reevaluate the way that we have been living and telling the story of the Bible?