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Everybody want to go to heaven

A current popular country song by Kenny Chesney says “Everybody wants to go to heaven, have a mansion high above the clouds, everybody want to go to heaven, but nobody want to go now!” As we wander along with the crowds listening to Jesus we begin to hear some recurring themes. We begin to “get” what he’s all about. It …

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wedding etiquette

In the midst of his kingdom teaching Jesus offers some wedding etiquette advice. In a day and culture where honour and shame were key dynamics he called his audience out on their behaviour around seats of honour. This was a familiar scenario even with his own disciples who were often bickering and posturing about what their ranks were among his …

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the pestering neighbour

As parents and grandparents many of us have all too often been the victims of methodical pestering. At some point in utero or after their launch into the cold harsh world of need our babies learn that fine skill. It goes something like: “mom can I have…?” And is followed by “no honey, not now.” But that is far from …

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on asking the right question

  On asking the right question: Jesus was both a masterful storyteller and “yarn spinner” (to use an Irish expression.) He was able to cleverly turn a conversation into a kingdom chat. Particularly in the matter of Q & A he would often rephrase or restate or flat out challenge the question. A great example of this is the story, …

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Who Bent The World

Q has a back story that he allows to appear gradually throughout the book of Ecclesiastes. It is more blatant towards the end, but a careful read discovers hints. For example he says that it is a grievous task that God (interestingly Elohim) has given to the sons of men (1.13), thus turning the flow of his thought from a …

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1.19 Rule

The 1.19 rule comes from James 1.19 and is the rule we are claiming must be followed when we are in conversation and debate with one another about controversial subjects. The first part of this series at Southside has been about our gender identity, we will soon move to our sexual identity and then to our spiritual identity, folders in …

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Lent

On two occasions Jesus taught us to pray this one particular prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11.) J.I. Packer suggests that every prayer of every Christian should in one way or another be a praying of the Lord’s prayer. Throughout Lent let’s pray this daily prayer and as we encounter the situations, the challenges, the people of our daily lives …

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Vision & Mission

Our Vision is about God’s Future in our Presence Our Mission is about God’s Future by our Presence 2000 years ago, a man made an astonishing claim. He said “I’m here now. Everything has changed.” Southside@Main’s reason for being is this claim. We believe what Jesus said and that changes everything for us. He said that God’s kingdom was nearby …