We just launched Putting Jesus’ Values to Work: Red-Letter Christianity 2 with Larry Stoess For Individuals and For Groups. This is the second of two Red-Letter Christianity classes — so called because Larry bases his ideas on the words of Jesus, which many bibles print in red letters. This class explores how we can live out Jesus’ values in our lives and in our communities. The first, related class, examines Jesus’ values in depth.
We hear ab
out Jesus’ invitation to follow him throughout our lives. But what does this great proposal really mean? The institution of the Church we have have created is most likely quite different from the path Jesus had in mind when he told Peter he would build his Church “on this rock.”
In this course, Larry Stoess takes us on a journey of of imaging how to put the values of Jesus’ to work in our communities so that we can truly follow him, living and loving as he taught us to among our neighbors. Larry calls us to enter into the mystery of the kingdom of God, into which Jesus invites us, a subject Larry knows well. He wrote the book Think Red, an examination of what a community would look like that truly based its choices on the actions and values of Jesus. Larry has lived into these values in his community in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the co-founder of Church of the Promise in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, The Table Café, a pay-what-you-can community café, and Promise Housing Plus, a non-profit construction company that renovates abandoned homes to create housing opportunities for people in need.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the Little Prince, is often credited with offering a metaphor for how we can follow Jesus’ aspirational vision of the world as it should be, of the kingdom of God, available to us here and now and in the age to come: “If you really want to build ships, teach people to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” In this class, Larry talks about what we yearn for — what Jesus shows us about the vast and endless sea that is the Kingdom of God.
This course will interest anyone who would like to focus on Jesus’ vision and ministry as the gospel writers depict them and anyone interested in ideas on how to build communities based on Jesus’ ideas. For a preview, please click below.