Meghan Crozier | Epiphany Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
3d ago
Deconstruction is a journey, and for many of us it’s made up of multiple epiphanies that change the way we see God, ourselves, and others. Today, Meghan Crozier of The Pursuing Life talks about three key epiphanies that helped her learn to more fully love God and love others. She also reminds us of the importance of community, and encourages us to focus on decolonizing our beliefs instead of only deconstructing them. Episode Recap: A deconstruction journey is often made up of many moments (0:40) The thing the evangelical church asks of LGBTQ+ people is not love at all (5:07) Disabled people ..read more
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Setting Up Stones | Epiphany Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
3d ago
When you experience a significant moment that changes the way you see the world, it’s important to stop and acknowledge it. Today, lead pastor Josh Scott reflects on four epiphanies that have shaped his faith journey at different points throughout his life. He also reminds us that we are all in process, and it’s OK that learning to see differently takes time. Episode Recap: “Freedom is a Birthright” (0:10) As we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., look beyond the greatest hits (3:59) When significant moments happen, take time to acknowledge them (8:50) Epiphany 1: Faith is way more com ..read more
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Epiphany is Everywhere | Epiphany Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
6d ago
Epiphanies are a fundamental shift in the way we see the world, moments when we learn to see differently. The Bible is full of these moments. Today, lead pastor Josh Scott shares five stories of epiphany that changed the way people saw God, themselves, and God’s role in the world. He explains how these epiphanies impacted the characters in the story and connects the dots to show how they can impact our lives, too. Episode Recap: Epiphany happens when we learn to see something different (2:40) Jacob’s epiphany: God is bigger than I thought, and God goes with me (7:01) Moses’ epiphany: The gro ..read more
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New Year’s 2023
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
6d ago
Do you tend to approach a new year with fear or with excitement? However you’re feeling at the start of 2023, lead pastor Josh Scott has some words of encouragement for you. He reflects on what newness is (and what it isn’t) and reminds us that it’s important to be patient with ourselves as we undergo the process of becoming new. Episode Recap: New years can bring excitement but also fear about what the next year may hold (0:10) Many of us tend to idealize the new (1:32) New isn’t about avoiding what came before (5:38) New is a process that requires expansion (11:49) New is a practice (14:59 ..read more
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Week Five: Christ | Advent Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
1M ago
Jesus’ goal was never to be the center of attention, but to invite us to join him in bringing love and justice to the world around us. Today, lead pastor Josh Scott reflects on the power of the Christmas story, and encourages us to focus less on believing the right things about Jesus and more on living like he did. Episode Recap: Throughout history, we keep coming back to the idea of Jesus (4:31) Jesus’ first followers began to reinterpret the Bible through the lens of Jesus (7:18) God was always with us; Jesus was a touchpoint to understanding this (9:23) Jesus didn’t want to be the center ..read more
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Week Four: Love | Advent Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
1M ago
The story of Christmas is a story of God making a home among the marginalized and overlooked. But so often, we’re sold an image of Christmas and of Jesus that doesn’t match this reality. Today, Kat Armas reflects on some of the things we tend to miss when thinking about the Christmas story: Mary’s identity as a marginalized woman, the realities of pregnancy and childbirth, and the truths that Mary boldly proclaimed about God and God’s plans for those living under empire. Episode Recap: The end of Advent is the transition from preparation to celebration (1:20) Advent is a time to struggle wit ..read more
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Week Three: Joy | Advent Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
1M ago
Sometimes we feel like we’re expected to perform joy this time of year. But the kind of joy that really matters is not naive; it’s an act of resistance. Today, lead pastor Josh Scott continues our Advent series by discussing this kind of joy, one that stands in opposition to fear and is ultimately grounded in hope. Episode Recap: Joy can feel inappropriate when we think about all the problems in the world (0:10) Jesus was born into the context of Roman oppression (3:39) Joy and fear cannot coexist (8:41) Jesus calls us beyond our fear and into the fullness of humanity (11:46) Joy is grounded ..read more
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Week Two: Peace | Advent Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
1M ago
When we talk about peace on earth, what kind of peace are we actually asking for? Today, lead pastor Josh Scott continues our Advent series by unpacking the idea of peace. He explains how Jesus brings a different kind of peace than many people were expecting, and he challenges us to think about the ways we can bring true peace — the kind that requires justice — to the world around us. Episode Recap: Many of us don’t know how to tell the story of Jesus without Anti-Semitism (0:10) Advent is about a new world waiting to be born (5:14) David was a complicated figure, but Isaiah had hope for a di ..read more
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Week One: Hope | Advent Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
2M ago
What does it look like to have hope in a world that’s so full of suffering and injustice? Today, lead pastor Josh Scott kicks off our Advent season series with a conversation about hope. He offers some helpful context about what hope looked like for Isaiah and in the time of Jesus, and he asks if maybe Advent is less about us waiting for God to act, and more about God waiting on us. Episode Recap: Advent represents the beginning of a new year on the Christian calendar (0:10) Advent focuses on our unfulfilled longings: hope, joy, peace, and love (1:50) Jesus was born into the context of oppres ..read more
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Harmony: Silence | Naked Spirituality Series
GracePointe Church | Nashville, TN
by GracePointe Church
2M ago
The practice of silence or contemplation doesn’t require us to be passive, but to play an active role in noticing the things others might overlook. Today, author and podcaster Kat Armas wraps up our “Naked Spirituality” series by talking about the concept of silence. Kat explains how silence can be an invitation to reconnect with ourselves, with the earth, and with our community, and she reminds us that we can come to God as we are, without shame. Episode Recap: Moment of silence for the Club Q victims (1:09) Nakedness is about coming to God as we are, without shame (2:01) Shame crops up whe ..read more
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