Thank you for the honest ICB message, and the words from Colossians. And the wise words on Paul’s use of his Roman citizenship. Helpful message brother.
Thank you also for having some of your parishioners join in the discussion and voice there experiences. God help us all.
Greg's 3/19/2017 message is what I see as a revolutionary view of violent portrayals of God in the Old Testament being reinterpreted through the cross of Christ, no longer as something we need to explain away, or defend God's (apparent) actions as good, but to see that He was ultimately, all along, willing to appear as a criminal on the cross in order to maintain covenant relationship with us, His favorite part of creation.
I'm deeply impacted by this message even though Greg makes light of it, calling it his opinion. I would rather look at it as a theory that is at the very least one that, as we seek God and His truth, will draw us to love Him more and see more dimensions of His beauty. I highly recommend listening to this message by Greg Boyd. As a fellow human being, at times Greg can get in the way of hearing what God is saying through him, but if you persevere then I believe you won't be disappointed. Well done, Greg!
Woodland Hills' teaching is refreshingly Kingdom-centered, holistic, and practical. Their teachings bring vibrant new color, simplicity, and depth to the gospel message first embodied in Jesus. Their Biblical worldview is modeled and taught with humility and intentionality and gives a genuine hope for transformation for all who seek it. The Kingdom has humbly come at Woodland Hills.
The pastor is a good speaker, but strays often from the true teaching of the Bible. In one particular podcast, the pastor upheld an argument that humans don't have eternal souls. He stated that people receive eternal souls when they convert to Christianity, and those who are unbelievers won't have eternal punishment in hell because of their lack of an eternal soul.
Conclusion: watch out for teaching that is not from God or God's word.
Greg takes the time to break things down and looka t them in a fair and informative way. He is not afraid to tackle complex subjects, and lay them out in an organized manner for simple minded people as myself.
Simply some of the best, most thought provoking preaching available. I don't always agree with stances Greg takes but generally speaking my understanding of how God relates to us come from his sermons. A joy to listen to and grow from every week. I would not miss a week and look forward to my time in the car when I can listen. Thanks for your ministry!!
Greg Boyd is the pastor we've been looking for! He is humble, intelligent, compassionate, interesting and always thought provoking! Plus he backs everything up with contextual scripture. All that in a free podcast.
Our family had been really displeased with our local christian community. We were finding many to be arrogant, greedy and loving only to their own kind despite Christ's teachings on the contrary.
Greg and the people at Woodland Hills church have restored our faith in fellow believers. We enjoy the weekly sermons and have prayed for a similar community here in Colorado.
I've never heard a pastor preach with such an awesome combination of head knowledge and heart knowledge as Greg. He's a perfect teacher for couples to listen to because of this combo. The head stuff for the guys and the heart stuff for the ladies! Greg will take you out of your comfort zone but in a Godly and Christ centered way. Prepare to go on a journey of the head and heart, I think you'll like where you end up..
I have had Dr.Greg Boyd as a professor and been an active listener for over 5 years. He isn't just a good teacher but also a person who is authentically striving after the heart of God. You don't have to agree with all he teaches but you can't deny his love for God. Blessings
Greg has helped me understand that Jesus wants me to love my enemies. Not just people I don't get along with, but terrorists and nationalistic enemies. God has used Greg to help open my eyes to the fact that I am released of my debt. I am forgiven. My sin issue is no longer an issue with God. I am a recovering fundamentalist, so to see these amazing truths instead of just learning how to pass judgement on others has been really freeing._
Likeable guy, but constantly sets up straw man arguments in his sermons. Truth, by definition, is exceedingly narrow. It's very easy to be too far to the left of truth or too far to the right. Greg is too too far to the left and forgets the whole of the Biblical message when dealing with social issues. He is in error of the truth and I suggest that Jesus and the ones closest to Him are the ones to listen to. Greg Boyd is in error of the truth. Sin is going to be punished. See also, Matthew 7:21-23. I do believe that Greg is sincere, but he is clearly in error of the truth.
We had an advert in England for a beer called Heinekein. It's slogan was refreshes the parts that beers don't. Gregs stuff is like that. Radical. Transforming. Refreshing and challenging. Yep Jesus is what's it's about. Simply love. How cool. Thankz Greg for being a radical courageous follower of the best, the most incredible God eva. Jesus.
I have been listening weekly for over two years. I know it sound like hyperbole, but Greg is a lifeline for many of us who feel that a return to a Christianity evidenced by love rather than judgement is what God has in mind. If you want to change someone else, or spend your time self-righteously railing against how others behave or live, look elsewhere. If you want to make a change in your own walk with God, give this a try.
His ability to get to the core of the message of Jesus and the beauty that derives from it is life changing due to the fact that mainstream Evangelical Christianity tends to fuse the Kingdom of God with the culture and politics of this world, which is dangerous for the Church.
I have not heard anyone in the evangelical (whatever that means) community that can rival Boyd's ability to break down extremely complex and academic concepts. This guy studys quantom physics for fun. No kidding. But his sense of joy and excitment while preaching the Gospel I also feel is hard to find elsewhere. The man is genuine. Boyd helped lead me into a true realtionship with Christ so I would urge you to give him a shot.
I first encountered the teachings of Greg Boyd through his book "The Myth of a Christian Nation." Since that time I have been intrigued and inspired weekly by listening to his podcasts. This is Christianity that adheres to Jesus!
I think Greg Boyd is right on about his views of the Kingdom of God. I have had more understanding of God's kingdom listening to him the last few days than all the traditional views I have heard elsewhere all my life. This is how life-changing this is for me.
I thank God that Greg Boyd has been able to stand up to the critics of open theism and present such a loving and biblically rooted view of God. His sermons really force me to analyze my stagnated thoughts in light of Jesus' ministry.
Greg Boyd has given me such a beautiful world view. I have been all about Jesus as much as is possible for some time but could never quite put my finger on why Christianity and Jesus didn't seem to be speaking the same language. Greg has laid it out and I encourage everyone to listen to what this world-class theologian/thinker has to say on his podcast and buy his books. I've read "Myth of a Christian Nation" and "Letters from a Skeptic" and "Seeing is Believing" and "The Jesus Legend" and all were exceptional.
I am so thankful that Greg Boyd's Church is available for free online. He challenges my Christian faith to go to new places. He stresses living out love and his sermons while intellectual always bring home his point about living like Jesus in non-judgmental outrageous love, without a need to feel morally superior. When I first started listening my faith had been weakened by stale rhetoric, but now I feel excited again about trying to mimic Jesus with everything I have.
The Sermon Podcast from Woodland Hills Church and Greg Boyd is an incredible resource! I have a great church with fantastic pastors, but Greg's teachings continually renew my mind and deepen my walk with Christ!