God's Will/God's Plan/Why me?:
Suffering, unanswered prayer, and the unfairness of life can easily lead us to question God’s goodness, and maybe even God’s existence. What makes this questioning one of baggage rather than normal faith journeying? What gives us hope and comfort in this questioning? Who is God as we inevitably walk these difficult paths?
: Evangelical - The word "Evangelical" in the USA has become associated with a certain brand of politicized American Christianity. How do we who seek to respond to the "Good News" of Jesus deal with that "baggage?" What can we (re)claim about the importance of receiving and sharing the "glad tidings" of the way of Christ when "evangelical" seems to be such a weighty word?
Why We Can’t Talk about Jesus without Talking about Salvation
Salvation/Saved - While in popular Christian language “being saved” has often referred to “accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior,” Biblical language of “salvation” and “saving” also refers to being kept safe, rescue, healing, restoration, deliverance, being set free, and more. It is both personal and communal. Spiritual salvation, rooted in the generous grace of God, contains paradox and partnership. It is a present reality and a future promise.