Even though many of the traditional vices have been misunderstood in our culture, they are still considered vices and their opposites virtues. Not so with gluttony and lust. Lust is…
Sloth, like all of the vices, has come to be grossly misunderstood as excessive enjoyment of relaxation or laziness. But the hallmark of these "source" sins is that they distort…
We have an anger problem. Our wrath destroys and deteriorates our lives and the lives of others as we try to take vengeance and make others pain for our pain.…
The first two of the seven deadly vices are the rooted in pride's most natural tendency: obsessive comparison. While vainglory focuses on the way one is perceived among peers to…
The existential sting of suffering which makes it unbearable isn't the pain - it's the sin.  Sin is at the root of all that separates us from ourselves, our neighbor…
In this final week of epiphany we get a glimpse  of the world to come in the revealed glory of Jesus.  The transfiguration means that Jesus is the intersection between…
In Jesus' most well-known teaching, the Sermon on the Mount, He shines a light on the deepest hopes of our own stories - the hope for happiness and justice. In…
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus unfolds the animating concerns that drive His astonishing life, which illuminates our own stories. One of those concerns is justice - our concern…
The sermon on the mount is the heart of Jesus’ teaching, a clear statement of the kind of life he actually lived, a definition of the hope on the other…

Family Update

January 29, 2017
Family Update: Brad and Mirela Watson share how God has led them to move to Los Angeles to help a Soma Church on the Westside.
In the life of Jesus is the story of the world.  All stories begin with creation; not just a beginning but an origin story which fills out the significance of…

Love

December 18, 2016

Joy

December 11, 2016

Peace

December 4, 2016

Hope

November 27, 2016

Acts of the Holy Spirit

November 20, 2016
The Christian faith says that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the hope of the world because in those things God regains his righteous rule over a fractured…

Finishing

November 13, 2016
All of our stories are littered with the grief of endings.  At the conclusion of the book of Acts, Paul comes to what he believes could be the end of…

Providence

November 6, 2016
Where is God in the shipwreck, the chaos, and the calamity? How is he good? How is he in control. By putting ourselves under the word in the story of…

Trials

October 30, 2016
Many times the stories we find in the Scriptures, the narratives, the details, expose questions more than answers. In this passage, we see Paul moving to and from trails, within a…

Politics

October 9, 2016
The current election year has proved to be massively disturbing for anxious Christians of all political persuasions. But in the book of Acts the power to disturb and disquiet went…