Mirabel the Peacemaker – Enneagram 9

Do you know someone who feels like a warm plate of chocolate chip cookies? Maybe you know someone who’s gentle, kind and filled with care for everyone around them. They’re probably an Enneagram 9 – the Peacemaker. What makes 9s special? What is their path to flourishing? And how can the rest of us learn from them and support them?

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Abuela the Challenger

Do you know someone who is a little prickly, who has a tough exterior and a strong sense of justice? A person who stands up for the little guy, but also has a tendency to steamroll people? Then you might know an Eight. Abuela, the matriarch of la familia Madrigal, illustrates how Eights can be a potent force for good when they’re healthy, but cause a lot of damage when they get off track. So how can Eights be open to the Spirit? And how do the rest of us love the Eights in our lives well?

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Encanto and the Enneagram

ENCANTO is one of the most popular movies in recent memories. It’s packed with spiritual truth – and each character offers us a picture of the possibility of transformation. This summer, we’re diving into Encanto using the Enneagram – an ancient guide to spiritual growth – to help us look more like Jesus and love more like him too!

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Cthulhu vs the Trinity

There’s a popular notion that all religions are different paths to the same destination. But when we explore different faith systems, we find each understands the nature of god(s) and reality very differently. Christians believe God is Trinity – a paradox that points to a deep truth at the heart of reality: God is love, and love is the most essential, powerful force in the universe!

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Jesus in the World

When it comes to people who aren’t Christians, the Church doesn’t have a great track record. Far too often we imagine we’re taking Jesus to people who don’t know him. But Paul’s encounter with the Athenians illustrates a powerful truth: God is already present among all the peoples of the world. Because God loves the whole world. How can we join God where the Holy Spirit is already at work?

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit

The Church is more than a social club, more than a collection of vested interests. The Church is Jesus’ visible presence in our world. What makes the difference is the Holy Spirit – God who lives within and among us. Join us as we celebrate what it means that the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is living within us, empowering us to be present to our world.

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Evangelizing the Church?

Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is following Jesus. That’s scary to admit, but it’s been true since the earliest days of the Church. What should our response be to those who claim Christianity but don’t look like our Christ? We turn to Peter’s words to his contemporaries in Acts 3 for a surprisingly grace-filled and truth-filled message of invitation and hope.

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What Makes a Good Follower?

What makes a good convert to Christianity? Too often the church pursues wealth, fame and power. But as Paul’s experiences in Thessalonica and Berea illustrate that it’s not those markers of cultural success and acclaim we’re used to admiring. Rather, what makes a good disciple is one who is curious and faith-filled. How do we spot that today?

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Church isn’t Cool

We want a faith that’s respectable, one that attracts CEOs and star athletes and rockstars. But the earliest church wasn’t cool. Even the people who respected their faith didn’t want to be associated with them. Who did? The people on the margins – the overlooked, vulnerable and uncool. What does it look like to embrace an uncool faith today?

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Saved for the World

Far too often, we view faith as something that separates us from the world. We become judgmental, condescending, celebrating when we prosper and they don’t. But as the book of Acts shows us, God saves us for the sake of the world. What does a faith look like that turns to the world to embrace, rather than condemn?

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