This is My Story: Heartside (6.16.19)

As we continue our “Stories” series, Heather Karel shares with us about her work as a physician in Heartside. Heather gives us a beautiful example of missional living. Listen here as she tells stories of her work and how that has impacted other areas of her life.

This is My Story: Dave & Trina (6.2.19)

“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 Each week in this series we’ll hear the story of someone at the Branch and how God is at work in their life. Their stories […]

The Good and Beautiful Life: Learning to Live Without Lying (4.7.19)

Questions for Discussion (chapter 6) James Bryan Smith gives an insightful list of lies we often tell: Yes, I have read that book (or seen that movie). Yes, let’s definitely get together soon. He’s in a meeting. She’s not home. No, that outfit doesn’t make you look fat. Add to this list by brainstorming lies […]

The Good and Beautiful Life: Learning to Live Without Worry (3.31.19)

There’s no podcast for this day because there was no sermon! Instead, we engaged in 4 prayer stations designed to help us take steps toward trusting God instead of worrying. Chapter 10 of The Good and Beautiful Life is a great place to start. Resources are listed below if you would like to engage in […]

The Good and Beautiful Life: Learning to Live Without Anger (3.24.19)

Questions for Reflection from Chapter 4: The author opens the chapter with the author’s honest account of getting angry during a trip. What aspects of the author’s story can you relate to? The author gives us multiple “false imperative narratives” (FINs) (p. 73). Which FIN is most common in your life? How does it lead […]

The Good and Beautiful Life: The Grand Invitation (3.17.19)

Questions for reflection:1. How can you offer hospitality to someone this week (a coworker, a neighbor or someone you disagree with)?2. Review the section “Jesus’ Narrative: The Beatitudes Are Invitations of Inclusion,” on pp. 55-62 of The Good and Beautiful Life. How does the author’s interpretation resonate or differ from what you have been taught […]