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New James Study begins November 2

October 22, 2013


Your story is powerful.

Come join us, beginning Saturday, November 2, for a new 8-week study series, James: Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore. We will be viewing and responding to a series of videos examining the New Testament book of James and exploring the story behind its author.

We will start each video promptly at 9:30 a.m., so it is very important that you arrive on time! Don’t worry, there will be coffee and donuts. But be prepared to take notes and think critically about the issues discussed in the video.

Excited to see you there!


September/October Book Club

September 17, 2013


Thanks to all who participated last month in our first-ever Real Life book club! We met Thursday, August 29, at Mike & Lindsay’s apartment for delectable eats and thought-provoking conversation, stimulated by our reading of Lillian Daniel‘s When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough.

For our next book, we’ll be reading How To Read the Bible For All It’s Worth, by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. Hope you’ll join us as we page through this modern classic.


Also, if you weren’t already aware, you can now follow us on Twitter: @reallifeatlmacc. Do it.

This week’s study: Life in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26)

August 13, 2013


This week we will be looking at a passage that I think is frequently misused, misunderstood, and taken out of context: Galatians 5:16-26.

Many of us may have had to memorize the “works of the flesh” and the “fruit of the Spirit” as kids in one Sabbath school lesson or another. But what is Paul talking about here? This definitely isn’t the first time in Galatians that he’s presented his readers with this spirit-flesh dichotomy (recall the Hagar and Sarah symbolism employed in chapter 4). Think about how these terms are used elsewhere in the epistle. Remember that what has driven Paul to write this letter in the first place is the question of whether Gentile converts to Christianity must also essentially convert to Judaism. Essentially, Paul is infuriated that the Church in Galatia would be presenting circumcision as a prerequisite for entry into the Christian community. The authentic Israel–according to Paul–is not distinguished by its adherence to the letter of the Law, but by the Spirit of God working in the Church through faith. In this way, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28-29, NRSV).

Read through 5:16-26 several times, keeping the context in mind. What do you see as the main teaching of this passage?

A moving reflection on the meaning of grace

August 12, 2013

Salvation is not a human thing.

A moving reflection on the meaning of grace

August Book Club

July 30, 2013

August marks the kick-off of the Real-Life Book Club. We will be reading Lillian Daniel’s When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church.

To participate, get a copy or ask Meghan to get one for you. And let us know you’re interested! We’ll arrange a time near the end of the month for all of us to meet and discuss what we found interesting/disturbing/inspiring/questionable/instructive about Daniel’s argument.

Beatitudes Study

April 22, 2013

ImageWe have currently completed three weeks of our 8-week Beatitudes study. Join us next week at 9:30 for the next installment, examining Matthew 5:6…

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled. (NIV)

Hope to see you there!

We’re number 10: San Diego is the 10th Most “Post-Christian” city in the U.S., according to a recent Barna Group Study

April 22, 2013