Harris Creek Weekly Shownotes–Episode 015: Faith & Politics

div.sap-embed-player{position:relative;width:100%;height:150px;}div.sap-embed-player>iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;} Episode Description In this episode of Harris Creek Weekly Jon Green, our Downtown Campus Pastor, and Nate Hilgenkamp, our College Minister, sit down with Dr. Jonathan Tran, a professor, author, and ethicist at Baylor University for a conversation on the intersection of faith and politics. With a subject like this, it's important to note that the views expressed in this episode are reflective of Dr. Tran's personal beliefs. We understand when ...

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The Inconvenience of Christmas

There is truly nothing like being home for Christmas.  The old roads that you’ve seen over and over again seem to have a new glow in the late days of December.  Memories come flooding back of Christmases past and the lights on neighboring houses seem to guide your way home.  Hallmark has made loads of money just by capitalizing on the sentiments that come with being home for the holidays.  ...

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The Art of Hospitality

As believers, we’ve all been given spiritual gifts. Some have the gift of teaching, others the gift of faith, and the list goes on. My main gifting is hospitality, and while it’s something that usually comes naturally in my personal and professional life alike, I am always learning more about how to use this gift in the most effective ways. While not everyone has the gift of hospitality, it is ...

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What Next?: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Hopefully you were able to join us this past Sunday as we introduced our new philosophy of Do Something. To sum it up, we believe that we’re called to have an active faith. All throughout scripture we see active language calling us to get involved in the mission of God. Even our mission statement, seeking the welfare of the city, and its originating passage in Jeremiah 29:4-7 describe a faith ...

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“Restorative Dialogue and the Way of Christ”

  2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:2-6 ...

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What If Church Was a Place Where Everyone Felt Welcome?

Churches (and church people) are bad at reaching lost people. There, I said it. Someone’s got to. As a pastor, I’m ashamed of this. Inversely, churches are surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) good at reaching people who are already Christians. Churches tend to attract people to their communities who look and act and think like them. This isn’t a new problem, it’s pretty much in the DNA of humans. We ...

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Something for Everyone: A Case for 12 Step Recovery Work

It seems we all have well-shaped mental images of 12 step recovery programs from a favorite series.  A person shamefully tries to slip inside a church or non-descript retail building without notice, pours an awful cup of coffee, and slips into an uncomfortable folding metal chair. Then they awkwardly wait for their turn to say “Hi—I’m (wishing I didn’t have to use my real name) and I’m (broken in some ...

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5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

It’s summer y’all! For this Minnesota-born Texas transplant, summer is more of a threat than it is reason to celebrate.  As I brace for the 100-degree weather and stock up on sunscreen, I’m also preparing to read a number of new books.  Summer is always when I get the most amount of reading done because I can be inside and blast the air conditioning.  I know in the coming months ...

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5 Guidelines for Social Media Interactions

One of the places as Christians we can be least intentional with our witness is Social Media. It’s easy to forget that when God asks for all parts of our life to glorify Him, He even means our online interactions. Although it’s easy to write this off as a meaningless issue, it’s important to remember the average person spends 2 hours and 15 minutes daily on social media! This has ...

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Why I Serve: Carly Webb

As part of our Elements journey, we interviewed Carly Webb, about her experience pursuing justice in our city alongside Jesus Said Love – an organization that helps women in the sex industry. Check out her story by watching the video below.   We also asked Carly to answer a few more questions about her experience with Jesus Said Love:   1. How did you originally hear about Jesus Said Love (or what drew you ...

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