Sunday evening panel discussion of our current sermon series, Awake. Panel members include: Bwana Clements, Darlene Washington, Charlie Meyer, Dwayne Williams; facilitated by Erik Thien

Josh Riddick concludes our Awake series talking about Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well at Sychar.

In many ways, throughout history, the church has been closed to hearing different perspectives. In some ways this is good because it helps to affirm messages and ideologies we uphold as “truth.” However, there is a negative side effect as well. We are unable to grow if we unable to be open to listening. The evangelical sub-culture can accidentally create an echo chamber that affirms specific cultural values instead of Gospel values. There are a variety of perspectives that we need to consider, while maintaining a strong sense of discernment, if we want to grow. How can we be open but also discerning?

Note: due to technical issues on Sunday, this sermon had to be re-recorded during the week.

Guest Speaker Ben Tapper continues our Awake series, focusing on Race and the Gospel

The battle for racial equity has been a hot topic in culture dominating social media, news outlets, and conversations in America. In the midst of the tension, the church has often been silent, moderate, and complicit as marginalized people groups are under-resourced, forgotten, and mistreated. Additionally, the white church can (and usually does) avoid the topic of the Gospel and Race but this must change.

If the church is a people who represent the Kingdom of Heaven, and wielding the good news of the Gospel, it should be driven and compelled to fight for racial justice in all its forms. The church is overdue for action and must become awake, impassioned, and engaged in the efforts to see racial justice in America.


  • 1.
    Awake: Panel Discussion
  • 2.
    Awake: Imago Dei
  • 3.
    Awake: Considering Perspectives
  • 4.
    Awake: The Stories We Tell
  • 5.
    Awake: The Gospel and Race
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