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Working Through Implicit Bias

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Working Through Implicit Bias
Take It Deeper Questions: Read James 2:1-13 For what event would you consider buying the most expensive seats? Why? In what ways have you had favorites with people/relationships? In what ways have those been good/bad? How does favoritism impact loving our neighbors. Living out “Local, Early and Together?” How are you challenged and/or encouraged by James’ words in this portion of the text? Bible Reading Plan September 9-15 9-9 - James 2:1-13 9-10 - Proverbs 13 9-11 - Proverbs 14 9-12 - Proverbs 15 9-13 - Proverbs 16 9-14 - Proverbs 17 9-15 - Proverbs 18
September 7, 2019
Don't Just Listen, Do
Take it Deeper Questions Read James 1:19-27 Which best describes your temper: short fuse, big bomb, long fuse, little fizz, other? In what area of your life could you do a better job at applying God’s word rather than merely listening to it? What is the world's pollution that James talks about? How can you work towards not being polluted? How are you being nudged by James words today? Reading Plan 9-2 - James 1:19-27 9-3 - Proverbs 7 9-4 - Proverbs 8 9-5 - Proverbs 9 9-6 - Proverbs 10 9-7 - Proverbs 11 9-8 - Proverbs 12
August 31, 2019
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August 28, 2019
Building Perseverance - James 1 Take It Deeper Questions: Read James 1:1-18 What is the hardest test you remember taking? How did it go? How would more perseverance impact your life? Is your perseverance on an upward trajectory? Why or why not? How are you challenged or nudged by James’ words today? Reading plan for the week: 8-19 - James 1:1-18 8-20 - Proverbs 1 8-21 - Proverbs 2 8-22 - Proverbs 3  8-23 - Proverbs 4 8-24 - Proverbs 5 8-25 - Proverbs 6
August 19, 2019
What does it mean to be neighborly?
August 17, 2019
We are supposed to make each other better TAKE IT DEEPER QUESTIONS: Read Matthew 10 Have you ever had an unusual houseguest? What’s the story? What warnings or encouragements would you need to hear from Jesus in order to go out and represent Him? Under what circumstances do you find it most difficult to talk about your faith? What does the paradox in verst 39 mean? What do you think the disciples felt as they were empowered by JEssu? What do you feel as you are empowered by Jesus?
August 8, 2019
How to: Humility
 Take It Deeper Questions Read James 4 How were fights resolved in your world when you were growing up? What is “friendship with the world?” Why does God oppose the proud?  Why does God give grace to the humble? What is false humility? What are the biggest roadblocks to being truly humble?
July 27, 2019
Vocational Christianity
Conversation lead by Ty Collins in prep for the message "Vocational Christianity."
July 25, 2019
The Forgiveness Effect Take It Deeper Questions: Matthew 18:21-35 What would you do to celebrate if all your debts were suddenly canceled? Do you tend to be quick or slow to forgive? Why?  What are the results of not being merciful? Physical, emotional and spiritual? What have you found helpful in forgiving those who have wronged you? How has God’s forgiveness affected your life and your willingness to forgive?
July 24, 2019
Commitment is more than... Take It Deeper Questions: Read Matthew 16:24-28 If a sociologist was tasked with understanding you and the only resource they were given was all of your stuff, what would they find? What would they write? What do these things  in verse 24 mean: Come after me (Jesus)? Deny self? Take up your cross? How would you explain to a twelve year old what it is to lose your life in order to gain it? How would you explain to a twelve year old what it is to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul? If salvation is not about what a person does, what is this reward that is mentioned in verse 27? How does this text challenge you today?
July 14, 2019
A life of sacrifice Take It Deeper Question Read 1 John 4:7-21 In the Aesop’s Fable, are you more like the tortoise or the hare? Why? Why are God’s commands “not burdensome?” What things can a Christian know? (vs. 13,15,18,19,20) How does your love for God affect you love for others? If 1 John was dropped from the Bible, what would be missing from the story of God’s redemptive work in history?
July 6, 2019
More than just "I'll pray for you" Take It Deeper Questions Read John 17:20-26 What going away gift have you received or given that still puts a smile on your face when you think about it? What unity exists between God and Jesus that we should copy? What does Jesus ultimate desire reveal about His love for us? How are your prayers for others like and unlike Jesus’ prayer? How is your prayer life nudged or influenced by Jesus and His example?
June 29, 2019
More than just hearing what's said Take It Deeper Questions Read John 4:1-26 Who in your life is notably good at listening to you? Who is it easy for you to listen to? Do you think the Samaritan woman was “easy” for Jesus to listen to? Why or why not? How would this interaction be different if Jesus didn’t let the Samaritan woman get a word in edgewise? Why is there power in being known? Who in your world do you need to know better? How can you get to know them better in this season?
June 28, 2019
More Than a Random Act of Kindness Take It Deeper Questions: Read John 15:9-17 What is your favorite love story? Why? What does God’s love for Jesus say about Jesus’ love for us? What is Jesus’ command? What is the result of keeping it? What does friendship with Jesus mean? Look like? Feel like? Result in?
June 16, 2019
Ruth 4 Take It Deeper Questions: Read Ruth 4 What have been your top three biggest life changes? (exp. Salvation, move, marriage, divorce...) Why was Boaz willing to be the kinsman-redeemer? How did Ruth’s life change and how was it the same after her and Boaz married? Why does God want to see humanity redeemed? How does Jesus fit into that redemption? How is life different and how is it the same after being redeemed by Christ?
June 12, 2019
Ruth 3  Take It Deeper Questions: Read Ruth 3 How do you tend to respond to extreme need? Your own need and others needs? How do you know when God has met a need outside of anyone elses involvement? How do you know when God has met a need with someone else's involvement? How do you know when someone meets a need outside of God’s involvement? What are some common differences between a short term fix and a long term solution? Why doesn’t everyone focus on long term solutions? Where do you need to bring focus to a long term solution and how do you expect God to be a part of that process?
June 1, 2019
Be Human
Take it deeper Read 1 Cor. 13 How has humanity changed in the last 100 years? What causes beliefs and ideologies to change?  What causes relationships to grow?  How do you show love? How do you feel love? Why do people invest time or money?  
May 25, 2019
Ruth 2 Take It Deeper Questions Read Ruth 2 What have you done, or do you do that is the most farmer like? What character traits of Ruth stand out to you in this chapter? What challenges was she facing that were overcome by her character? What character traits of Boaz stand out to you in this chapter? What challenges was he facing that were overcome by his character? What character traits is your life asking for? What challenges are you facing that will be overcome by that character trait?
May 25, 2019
Ruth 1 Take it Deeper Questions Read Ruth 1 When have you felt alone in this world? Explain. When have you felt most cared for? Explain. When you face intense stress, do you tend to respond more like Naomi or Ruth? What changed in Naomi to cause her to want to be called Mara? What stayed consistent in Ruth? What people or situations in your life are in need of you being like Ruth? What needs to change or stay the same in order for you to be more Ruth like?
May 22, 2019
Dealing with Life's Pain
Take it deeper questions How do you respond when you’re doing all the right things and something terrible happens to you? How do you respond when you completely lose control of a situation? Paul was in prison while he wrote Philippians. How does that change the context of what he wrote? Is pain always a bad thing? How can it be a good thing? How do you communicate with God when He doesn’t “feel” present?
May 8, 2019
What is Church Partnership?
In this Corner Conversation Zach and Scott talk about Church Partnership? What is it? Why would anyone do it? What is the value?  Corner Church in Minneapolis North Loop / Uptown / Camden Thanks for joining the conversation. 
May 3, 2019
How Do You Know What To Do?
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Luke 2:41-52 When have you been lost? How was the lostness resolved? Why is there a wide range of emotions in finding someone or something that was lost? What does this narrative reveal about Jesus’ character, even as a child? What did Jesus understand and His parents not understand? Why did Luke include this episode of Jesus life? If we are to be Christ-like, what does this narrative nudge us towards?
May 1, 2019
Everyone thought it was over. When you see who walked through the door YOUR JAW WILL DROP.
 Take It Deeper Questions Read Romans 5:1-11 Who are the peacekeepers in your life? How do they do it? Out of the areas of suffering, perseverance, character and hope, where is God working in your life right now? What did Jesus do for us when He died and rose again? How do verses 6-8 impact you? How do they encourage you? Challenge you? How much of God’s peace and hope need to begin with a feeling and how much must begin with head knowledge and conscious claiming of peace and hope?
April 20, 2019
While enjoying a nice meal together, you would never guess what he did to everyone.
Take It Deeper Questions Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 What type of personal growth is easiest and most difficult for you to identify: physical, emotional or Spiritual? Why? What happens when you recognize people that are trying to make you better? What happens when you ignore or resent people that are trying to make you better? What happens when you strive to do what is good for others and for everyone? What happens when you focus solely on doing what is good for you? What happens when you pray, worship and are thankful always? What happens when you never pray, never worship and never are thankful? What happens when you are working towards being blameless? What happens when you don’t care about trying to be Christ-like? How do Paul’s words give you focus today?
April 13, 2019
He steps out of the boat onto the water. What happens next will CHILL YOU TO YOUR CORE.
Take it Deeper Questions Read Acts 3:1-10 Which is more devastating; to be sick or to be without money? Why? As a crippled man in Peter’s day, what would he write in his diary on a typical day? What do you think he would write about this day? Would you do the same thing Peter did, or would you ask John if he had a dime? What was going on inside of Peter? How are you challenged by Peter’s faith? If you were more like Peter in this moment, how would it impact how you connect and relate with the people around you?
April 6, 2019
He went out to sea to get away. He never expected to find a fish THIS big.
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Mark 9:14-32 When you were a child, what issues were most likely to trigger an argument within your family? Whom do you most identify with, afflicted boy, concerned father, observing crowd, struggling disciples or the criticising Pharisees? How is it possible to believe and not believe at the same time? When have you felt like the father? I believe, help me with my unbelief? What doubts are recurring in your life? What faith realities are you confident in? What happens in you when God answers your prayer. “I believe, help me with my unbelief.
March 31, 2019
After hearing what happened to these boys in the furnace, you’ll never look at fire the same again.
Take It Deeper Questions Read Acts 16:16-34 What public spectacles have you experienced that made you feel uncomfortable? The did financial cost affect the girl’s owners acceptance of the Gospel? What financial concerns keep some people from faith today? What was Paul and Silas’ attitude in prison? How did they get that attitude? What is your go to attitude when doing things for God doesn’t work out well? How are you challenged by Paul and Silas’ experience? How can you move from being challenged to being changed?
March 24, 2019
This 13 year old shepherd boy shares his ONE SECRET for killing giants. What he shares will ROCK YOU.
Take It Deeper Questions: Read Mark 10:13-22 What situations or scenarios do you find yourself the least patient? Why would the disciples want to keep the children away from Jesus? What childlike qualities was Jesus encouraging? Why do you think Mark shares the story of the rich young man here? How was the rich young man NOT like a child? How do these two narratives challenge you and focus you in the growth of your faith?
March 19, 2019
You’ll never guess what happens after the 7TH TRUMPET BLOWS
Take It Deeper Questions Read Joshua 5:13-15 Who is the most intimidating person you have ever met? What made them that way? What is meant by “neither?” What does the commander want? Why? What are the parallels between this story and the story of Moses and the burning bush showing us? (Exodus 3) What insights do these interactions give us in how God interacts with us and how we are to interact with Him?
March 10, 2019
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Israelites, THIS HAPPENED.
This we talk about the Exodus story, but more specifically the Moses story. Take It Deeper Questions Read Ephesians 3:1-13 What is your favorite mystery movie or book? Why? What mystery that was made known to Paul is revealed in this passage? Why would Paul consider himself “Less than the least of all God’s people?” On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) with how much “freedom and confidence” do you approach God? How can we share the Good News in such a way that people hear it?
March 2, 2019
When you find out what happened after the boat was built, YOUR JAW WILL DROP.
Week two of our series: Clickbait This week we look at the story of Noah. Take It Deeper Questions Read Hebrews 9:11-28 What event have you gone through once, but have since vowed, “never again?” How is the priesthood of Christ distinguished from the old system? (12-14) Why does Christ’s sacrifice have an everlasting result? The author used OT analogies to explain the meaning of Jesus’ death to religious Jews. What analogies might clarify this with non-religious people today? How do these analogies help us understand what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us?
February 24, 2019
He said this ONE phrase...what happened next CHANGED EVERYTHING
Welcome to week one of our new series called Clickbait.  Take It Deeper Question Read Genesis 1 If you could create a new animal, what would it be like and why?( Features, character, preferred environment, relationship with people) How aware are you of the created world in your everyday life? What aspect of creation is most inspiring to you? Why? How does it affect your understanding of God? What does it mean to you to be created in God’s image? How should this affect your relationship with God and with others?
February 17, 2019
Why is diversity important in the Church?
This week we walk into a difficult conversation. This topic is often avoided, which is the wrong answer. We don't have all of the answers, but that shouldn't stop us from engaging in conversation.
February 8, 2019
Church Culture - Let it Grow
How do we have a healthier church culture? What does it take to change culture?  Take It Deeper Questions Read Colossians 3:1-17 In buying clothes, are you a name-brand buyer, bargain hunter, spouse conscious, quality conscious, style conscious, or you don’t give any of this any thought? Why? Why do you think Paul uses the verb “put to death” in verse 5? (Google search “nekroo”) Why do you think Paul uses the verb cloth in vs. 12? (Google search “endyo”) What “wardrobe changes” do you feel are needed in your life? How would that change affect you, your relationship with God and your relationship with others? Who can help you with your “clothing choices?”
February 2, 2019
Church Culture - Together
This week we are starting a conversation about "together." What does it mean to be a part of a church? A family? A community? Take it Deeper Questions Read Philippians 1:1-11 What type of email subject line would cause you to open it immediately? What challenges commonly appear in partnership? How and why can those challenges be terminal to a partnership? How and why do those challenges overcome? How do you see God working in your life and in others lives as mentioned in verse 6? As Paul’s prayer in verses 9-11 is answered in you, what do you see happening? What changes? What stays the same? 
January 25, 2019
Church Culture - Early
This is part 3 of a 4 part series about church culture. This week we talk ponder what it would be like if we invested into relationship early. Take It Deeper Questions Read James 2:14-26 Are you more likely to act without thinking or think without acting? What is the relationship between faith and deeds? What different ways can this relationship be healthy or unhealthy? Why is Abraham a good example? How does a person grow in being animated and motivated by his or her faith? How can you grow in that?
January 20, 2019
Church Culture - Local
In this podcast we talk about the importance of focusing on what is local. Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 10:25-37 When have you helped a stranger in distress or when has a stranger helped you when you were in distress? What may be some reason the priest and Levite didn’t stop to help the hurt man? What reaction did the audience have in hearing Jesus revere a Samaritan? How did this parable answer the question “who is my neighbor?” Who is your local? (people within your relational web) How can you be a good Samaritan to the people that cross your path daily?
January 11, 2019
What's growing in the petri dish?
This is an intro into our series about Culture. It's every where and it grows regardless if we want it to or not. What's in your petri dish? How can we change the culture around us, and what is our responsibility?  Take It Deeper Questions Read Luke 19:1-10 and Luke 18:18-30 What unusual subcultures have you been a part of? What is standing in the way of that subculture becoming mainstream? How were the cultures of the Rich Young Ruler and Zacchaeus different? Similar? Why did Jesus address these two people differently? Why did these two people respond differently to Jesus? How are you personally challenged seeing these two stories side by side?
January 5, 2019
The Great Commission
81 characters remaining We have been in the book of Matthew for 2 years. Over 90 messages later we wrap up with a conversation about the great commission. Take It Deeper Questions: Read Matthew 28:16-20 What do you remember from your first flight? Where were you going? What were you feeling? What are the cinematic ingredients of a great ending? What are the ingredients of Jesus last words? How do you respond to these questions? How do I see and respond to Jesus’ authority? Is Jesus’ call to go telling me to be where I am at?  Am I willing to intentionally invest in people indefinitely? Why is Jesus called Immanuel? God with us. How has to book of Matthew changed your views of Jesus as the Messiah? The Kingdom of God? Jesus’ ministry? Your ministry?
December 30, 2018
The Simple Christmas Story
Holiday messages are always hard. Especially Christmas. It's tempting to make a production out of it, but when you really look at Christ's birth it was anything but grandiose. That says a lot about who Jesus is.
December 22, 2018
What is the impact of Jesus’ resurrection?
Take It Deeper Questions - Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-25 - What false teaching was being spread among the Corinthians? (vs.12) - From this passage, what does Paul say would be true if there were no resurrection of the dead? - What is the result of resurrection? - How has/does Christ's resurrection and our resulting victory over death affect you? Hope, courage, confusion? - How do people go from unbelief to believe? Is it the same process for everyone? Why or why not?
December 15, 2018
Hope For
Welcome to another episode of behind the message. We are three pastors in Minneapolis, MN and this is an invitation to join us in processing faith, scripture and life. Thanks for joining us today!
December 9, 2018
Expectations of Jesus
Jesus Before Pilate “We want Barabbas”
November 29, 2018
Let’s talk about Judas
This week in Matthew we reach the story of Judas.
November 16, 2018
Willing to Die, but Not Willing to Pray
A conversation around Matthew 26:31-46. If you are in Minneapolis we would love to have you join us, Sunday morning at 10a at any Corner Coffee location.
November 1, 2018
Real Life
Maybe Christianity is different than what I’m used to
October 26, 2018
Heros Not Wanted
How we view others matters. Are you a Hero or an Advocate?
October 26, 2018
Local • Early • Together
Scott sharing about his message Local • Early • Together. Shared at Corner Church in Minneapolis, MN.
October 26, 2018
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