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Cypher Church Fire Event

A spoken word from our last Cypher Church Event. We loosely follow the church calendar which would put this past event at Pentecost--the time when the Spirit of God (symbolized in fire) decends on the people. This moment is regarded as the first group called to be the church. It’s in these days God declares, I will pour out my spirit on all people. Men, women, all taking their voice, in dance, lyric, prose, poems, brushes, photo shots, pencils, pens, song, to announce the dreams and visions they hold. If I may be so bold, When I look at you,...

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Artist Feature: Amber Leigh Bent

One of the critical elements of Cypher Church is to feature artists connected to our community at each gathering. Art and beauty are important components of faith and we want to celebrate these gifts. This past Event we had the pleasure of featuring Amber Leigh Bent. More about her work on canvas, and her stories, found on her Instagram. Some of the most amazing art on canvas and in our lives come from brokenness. The beauty of art tells us that brokenness is not our final destination. There is beauty coming from...

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The Gospel According to Kendrick

The way you start the story changes everything. Kendrick Lamar and Chance are two of the top rappers in the game, and both have a way to reflect their perspectives on contemporary religion. Miguelito wrote an astute piece over at DJ Booth discussing the juxtaposition. It’s worth the read. Kendrick actually responds later here. In his response, he expands on the way he views hit faith. If Chance offers a more ‘positive’, blessings from above approach, Lamar provides the opposite, a more pragmatic (and traditional) approach to God. Some prefer this approach. Religious institutions fear the constant pressure of...

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Bad Dreams: Heaven vs. Hell

If you believe the hype, most religions think maintaining right behaviour and where you end up when you die (eternity in heaven or hell) matters most. Religion becomes a gatekeeper for what and who qualifies. Usually, that includes a chief list of morals you need to follow, and if you don’t make the cut, shame on you. Easter is the holiest season for Christians, where the cross and resurrection are celebrated. The stories of why Easter is important, however, vary. Some tell it like this. Jesus died on the cross because God needed a sacrifice to appease his anger. When we believe...

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The Best Life and the Cross

*This post was part of the teaching moment at our last Cypher Church event April 7th.* Easter is the holiest week for Christians who commemorate and celebrate Jesus, the cross, and the empty tomb. Whether you’re religious or not, chances are you have some connection with Easter. For a moment, however, put aside what you know and consider some new questions. Questions like, what does Easter and the cross do and how does it solve anything? The answers to these questions might surprise you. But first there’s a discovery: we all share something in common with the cross…. You...

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