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Friday Night Forum is a courageous and thoughtful space where we engage in Christian conversation surrounding challenging issues.

For years, Christians have argued, debated, and fought one another while “speaking the truth in love,” yet we seem no closer to the grace-filled life Jesus modeled. Join us monthly for our Friday Night Forum and help create a new vision for the Christian life that’s built not on having to be right, but on the risk of love.

Upcoming Forum

Friday, December 4 at 7 pm

Happy Holidays | Loving your Neighbor of a Different Faith this Holiday Season

Past Forum Resources

Civil Conversation | Kingdom Connection Over Political Partisanship | Friday, October 30

Special Guest: Dr. Richard Mouw

Seminary president, Biblical scholar and author of Uncommon Decency: Christian civility in an uncivilized world, Dr. Richard Mouw will offer the theological basis for civility and how we can communicate with people who disagree with us on the issues that matter most.

Love Matters More | Friday, September 25

Special Guest:  Jared Byas

Biblical scholar, popular podcast host of The Bible for Normal People and author of Love Matters More: How fighting to be right keeps us from loving like Jesus, Jared Byas helps us lay the foundation for having Christian conversations with those we disagree with.

Key Principles you’ll hear:  Investment over Opinion; Humility over Arrogance; Compassion over Rightness; Connection over Convincing; Curiosity over Judgement; Respectful Disagreement over Silent Resentment; Boundaries over Being a Doormat and many other practical tips as well.

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Reflections from Pastor Mike

Forum – Love Matters More

I purchased Jared’s book Love Matters More…I may be mistaken, but I’m hearing him say that there is no “absolute truth”?   Perhaps I am wrong, hoping so…

I believe Jared’s argument is that we can’t know truth “absolutely.”  Basically, we will never know everything, what we do know is influenced by our experiences/perspectives, and as humans, we are not able to fully grasp absolute truth or reality as it really is (pg 13).  He is not arguing that there isn’t “absolute truth”, but rather we need to have the humility to say we are unable to grasp it fully.  If we have the humility to acknowledge our inability to grasp “Absolute Truth” absolutely, then we may be able to lovingly and patiently enter into conversations with those we may disagree with.

He further addresses this point on page 15 when he says, “It’s interesting that those who do believe we can access absolute truth almost always also believe they are the ones who possess it…Paul…told us straight up that he didn’t have access to absolute truth.  He wrote, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NASB italics mine).

Jared is not arguing for some sort of “relativism” (see chapter 2, bottom of page 23).  Rather, Jared’s basic argument is that only God knows absolute truth absolutely.  Since we are not God, we can enter into loving conversations seeking to understand the other, to learn from the other, to allow the other to reveal truth even further as opposed to fighting to demonstrate how we are right. 

Finally, Jared has a lot to say with regard to “truth” as we define it.  I believe he is on to something when he suggests we are in the wrong to think that simply possessing facts means we grasp the truth.  Truth without love, truth without action, truth disembodied, truth that holds in bondage…is really no truth at all.

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