R U Kidding

Jesus states that unless you become like a child you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In this series, we’ll look at Jesus’ parables through the eyes of children, ...
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Wholly Human, Holy Divine

In the Sundays after Epiphany the narrative points us to the identity of Jesus. Having proclaimed the entry of light into the world at Advent and Christmas we begin to ...
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Into This World

This scripture texts for our journey through the Advent and Christmas cycle paint a picture of the world into which God came in human flesh. Like our own time, this ...
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Dwelling and Indwelling

In this series we explore several narratives from the Old Testament with an eye to discerning what provides a sound foundation and structure for “God’s house”-which stands not only for ...
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Way Out of No Way

An African American folk saying claims that our God can make a way out of no way. In this six-week series, we’ll explore some familiar Hebrew stories of despair and ...
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Forgiveness

Should you forgive and forget? Is anything unforgivable? Are there times when you shouldn't forgive? Darkwood Brew Executive Director Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., and popular series guest Rev. Bruce Van ...
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Vocatio

“Vocatio” refers to a calling into our life’s work. This seven-week Darkwood Brew series, part of our By This Way of Life curriculum, features people from a variety of professions ...
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The Great Convergence

“The Great Convergence: What’s So Great?” takes its cue from Phoenix Affirmation #8: Walking humbly with God, acknowledging our own shortcomings while honestly seeking to understand and call forth the ...
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Drawn In

Brian McLaren calls Troy Bronsink’s book, Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers, a “fresh vision of God (that) …draws us (rather than drives us) into a ...
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Busy

“Busy – Reconnecting to an Unhurried God” takes it’s cue from Phoenix Affirmation # 11 : Christian love of self includes caring for our bodies and insisting on taking time ...
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Prophetically Incorrect

Pop quiz: What does an Eighth-Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the economic bubble, predatory lenders and politics as usual? This video sampler includes scenes from the Darkwood Brew ...
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On Earth as it is in Heaven

“Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being – exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Join ...
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Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith

In partnership with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as well as with the Clergy Letter Project, this series explores how recent scientific theories about the creation and evolution of the ...
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For the Love of God

What does the Bible say about God’s love? Who does God love? What is God’s love? How can we love each other because “God first loved us?” This series explores ...
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Listen

This series looks at many ways that the voice of God speaks to us, and explores things we can do to strengthen that connection. From meditation and music to study ...
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Failing, Falling, and Flying

Put away your flannel-graphs because this study of Genesis is anything but one-dimensional. Join guests Kevin Miller, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Reinhilde Ruprecht, Terence Fretheim, Chip Bouzard, and Beth Johnson, for a ...
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Hookers, Looters and Cheats

This Series looks at the most extreme outcasts in the Gospels in order to explore the question: If Jesus treated “X,Y, and Z persons” this way, then how can we ...
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The Faith of Jesus In a Pluralistic World

Increasingly, people are recognizing that the survival of the human race depends upon adherents of the major world religions coexisting peacefully with one another. Yet many Christians wonder how peace ...
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Gifts of the Dark Wood

Do you feel lost, or like the road ahead is unclear? Are you ever tempted? Do you find any part of your life exhausting? Do you feel out of place ...
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Upside Down Faith

How do things get turned so upside down? What’s God doing these days? Can anybody make sense of how crazy things seem to be? With questions like these, Darkwood Brew ...
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Wait Training

Tired of waiting? Hate to wait? In this series Darkwood Brew tackles waiting by learning and training to wait. Based on a book by Presbyterian pastor Greg Glover, Wait Training: ...
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Hope: A Pessimist’s Guide

What’s the point? Who cares? Who knows? If you’ve ever felt this way, the folks at Darkwood Brew go deep into hope for a world that so often feels hopeless ...
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Can We Talk?

Writer Anne Lamott says she has two favorite prayers: “Thanks, thanks, thanks” and “Help, help, help!” This 8-part series helps participants communicate more honestly with each other, and with God, ...
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Praying for Revolution

If you think the Lord’s Prayer is yesterday’s news, think again. Lead by Darkwood Brew host Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D., this series probes ancient meaning and modern relevance in the ...
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If Love Wins, What Now?

Rob Bell’s book ‘Love Wins’ rocked American Christianity with a message of God’s grace for all people. This four-part series lead by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. explores how it works ...
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Abrasive Grace

An unconventional journey through Paul's letter to the Galatians. Cantankerous and controversial, Paul remains one of Christianity's most intriguing and influential characters. This six-part series provides surprising insight for our ...
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The Be@itudes

This nine part series digs deep into a revolutionary exploration of some of Jesus’ most often quoted – and misunderstood – teachings. Lead by Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. this is ...
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