From the monthly archives: July 2014

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Digital Interval for July 8: You Only Have One Life, So Get Out the "No" Knife

 

Today’s Digital Interval is taken from Pastor Mitch’s sermon on July 27, "Finding the Overlap." In this clip, we see how making the most of every opportunity God has given us results in a joyous, well-lived life. Because if the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-17), we need to have a Spirit-led focus and clarity in how to invest our time.

To listen to the whole sermon, click here.


The Small Group Reboot: Finding the Overlap with International Students


Summitview’s small group reboot is not an end in itself. It is a means — a means of grace — to help all of us live a focused and faithfully present life for the advancement of God’s eternal kingdom. And while many of us probably dream about Greek words and Venn diagrams, some of you still simply want to see what these rebooted small groups actually look like.

A great example of a focused, missional small group here at Summitview is the ISM small group. Far from being a group of only international students, the ISM group is a committed family of empty nesters, young families, young marrieds, singles and college students who have a very clear answer for who they are called to reach.



We’d like to have as many small group ideas submitted by August 11. Go to summitview.com/vitalchurch to submit your ideas, as well as learn more about the reboot and to see what groups have already formed.

Happy overlapping!

Believing the Best: Overcoming Hurt and Cynicism with the Gospel

 

I admit it. I have intentionally and unintentionally hurt people throughout my life. And I have been on the receiving end of such hurts. I have also counseled scores of others who have felt burned, let down, judged, stereotyped, betrayed, ignored and rejected.

How do these experiences affect us? For most of us, our natural defense mechanisms kick in, and we take a more guarded, untrusting posture. The bruises become calluses, and the calluses become impenetrable shields.

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Why I'm Complementarian: Perspectives from an Educated, Business-owning, Spider-killing Woman

 

The debate over gender roles has returned to the front burner in the Christian world after a recent series of sexual-abuse scandals have come to light.

In an article published by Leadership Journal, a former youth pastor wrote about his conviction for sexual abuse of a minor in his youth group. The editors framed the article as an attempt to warn others in ministry and to help prevent future abuse, but the article was heavy on what he lost, light on an understanding of the harm he had brought to the young woman, and did not even reveal until the end that she was in fact a minor.

And women from at least three conservative Christian colleges have made accusations that administrators asked them to confess their sins and even expelled them when they reported that they had been sexually assaulted on campus.

As these news stories picked up momentum on social media and in the blogosphere, the claim was made that complementarianism leads to a rape culture — a culture in which rape is tolerated and normalized.

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The Single Life, Part V: Finding My Identity in Christ (No Adjectives Allowed)

 

I want to make one thing clear: I am not a lonely tree in a big field.

That’s just depressing. I am a single man in my 30s, but empty and isolated have not been common experiences for me. In fact, the word “single” does very little to define who I am. I just wish I would have learned that lesson five or six years ago.  

Between roughly 2008 and 2011, I had the privilege of leading or coaching anywhere from three to five small groups in what used to be Symbio Singles. If you are reading this post and you were a part of those groups, then I want to apologize and to seek your forgiveness. I regret misleading you about your identity and who you are in Christ. If it helps, I mislead myself as well. I was ignorant and I was wrong. Please forgive me. For the rest of you, let me explain why I am apologizing.

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