All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. In Imagine Heaven, Burke compares over 100 gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of Heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will Heaven look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets?For decades, Burke has been studying accounts of survivors brought back from near death who lived to tell of both heavenly and hellish experiences. While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors—including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people–point to the exhilarating picture of Heaven promised in the Bible.
Combining an engaging study of Jesus’ encounters with imperfect-people with inspiring stories of ordinary Christians having Christlike impact, this insightful book encourages readers to see the masterpiece beneath the mud in everyone. It shows how to align our hearts with the heart of God and our actions with the interactions of Jesus in order to show God’s love to a hurting, broken world.
Through real-life stories, explore how God takes imperfect people, regardless of their past, and leads them into a relational journey toward their heart’s greatest desire. Experience how a moment-by-moment connection to God with wide-open willingness fulfills our deepest longings and transforms us into life-giving people.
How do we live out the message of Jesus in today’s ever-changing culture? The church is facing its greatest challenge—and its greatest opportunity—in our postmodern, post-Christian world. God is drawing thousands of spiritually curious ‘imperfect people’ to become his church—but how are we doing at welcoming them? No Perfect People Allowed shows you how to deconstruct the five main barriers standing between emerging generations and your church by creating the right culture.
We live in a diverse world filled with unprecedented opportunity. According to author Dr. Eric Michael Bryant, we can become agents of change creating genuine unity among people from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems. Not Like Me will help you discover how to resolve conflict, overcome bitterness, create a better future, develop diverse communities, and enjoy our diverse world.
We work hard — very hard— but often wonder why. What’s the point? Is all this work accomplishing anything meaningful? Drawing on his work with thousands of people who work in every field—from CEOs to stay-at-home parent—Rick Shurtz tells the story of Tyler O’Brien, a record setting executive who knows how to win. The further he gets ahead, though, the less corporate non-sense Tyler is willing to tolerate. When a group of high school friends pose a dare, Tyler finds himself in a conversation he certainly didn’t expect and unquestionably didn’t want, but one that ultimately makes him think about the big questions we all have.
“Am I welcome here?” It’s the most challenging question churches are facing today as people with varying gender and sexual identities long for a safe church to explore faith in Jesus. With a history of condemning people for their sexual temptations, desires, or orientations, many churches and Christians either live paralyzed in fear not knowing what to do or simply adopt the world’s view around them and condone. But what if there was a different way the Church could show up?
The Way of Hope aims to equip the church to make a positive difference in the lives of those hurting from their relational or sexual differences as well as inspire those that have different sexual or gender identities towards a relationship with Jesus who wants to offer you a love and hope greater than anything you’ve ever known.
Anytime you want to make a change in life it takes intentionality, right? Much like going to the gym to get physically transformed, we think you have to be equally intentional about becoming spiritually transformed. It works best when you have a plan, a trainer, accountability and encouragement. That’s what a Life Group is all about. We’ve created a model for growth that looks at spiritual outcomes in your life and helps you determine where God is at work and provides some clear next steps in how to grow in those areas.
John Burke’s blog is a great resource for in depth thoughts on every day spirituality and deeper dives into topics and issues from the weekend services.