It is possible to change who we are? Can we truly approach each day and the people we encounter differently?
How do you feel about people who take very different views on social and political issues? Do you even try to engage them in meaningful conversation or do you try to avoid any conversation on the topic? Why?
Who are the Samaritan’s in our world today? And who would you be a Samaritan to?
The poet Markham invites us to consider taking into our circle the people who would keep you out of theirs. Is that really something you would consider and if so, how would you go about doing it?
Would you consider yourself for the most part a bridge builder or a wall builder?
January 7, 2018
"The Unfolding Mystery"
December 31, 2017
"A Time to See Each Other Through"
December 24, 2017 (11pm)
"When Love Was Born"
December 24, 2017 (am)
"Love is . . . "
December 17, 2017
"The Gift of Joy"
December 3, 2017
"Keep Awake!" (Kyrmen Rea)
What comes to mind when you think about the season of Advent?
In what ways do you see Southport participating in the work of Christ in the world?
What are some ways that Southport might work for shalom in our new community and in the wider world?
November 26, 2017
"Dealing with Disappointment"
Do you have disappointments in your life that are influencing the way you approach each day? Is there something you can do to change the situation that you have been reluctant to try?
What are other Biblical stories of disappointment and how do the people involved move beyond them?
In the Moses narrative it seems the Israelites, in spite of their freedom and the promise of a new homeland, became easily disappointed. What is it about people that cause them to look beyond the blessings and see only the areas of disappointment?
In the Moses story it seems that God names Moses/Israelites disappointments as a sin. Do this make sense to you in your understanding of what sin is?
Are there disappointments in your life that have caused you to take a different path? In the long run did it turn out to be a good thing?
November 19, 2017
"We Are Blessed!"
1. We often find ourselves with people who have a different perception of life than we do. And we often note that “Perception is reality.” If this is true, is it truly possible to have helpful conversation with people about life as a blessing, when all they see is the world stacked against them?
2. Thomas Jefferson saw the offering of thanksgiving to God, in the form of a national holiday, as inappropriate in a nation who operates, theoretically at least, with the principle of the separation of church and state. Do you think he had/has a valid point?
3. Who are people that have inspired you to see life as a blessing? Are their people who you have inspired to do the same?
November 12, 2017
Discussion on Gun Control
November 5, 2017
"This I Believe"
What do you believe and why?
How do you engage others in thoughtful conversations about your beliefs and their beliefs? Challenge: Do this more often! It’s great to hear and learn from one another.
How can you believe in something without having firm proof that it is real? Is it foolish to believe in things we can’t see?
What is God to you?
What is the most important thing about your faith? What is the most important thing about your faith community? Why are you a part of SCC? If you are willing to share, Shannon would especially be interested in hearing your answer to this question!