The Reality Check series makes just one assumption: that youre serious enough about your spiritual journey to investigate Christianity with an open mind. This isnt about joining anyones religious clubits about being real with yourself and with the others in your group. Since no one has all the answers, theres plenty of room for discussion. After all, if there is any truth to the Bibles stories about Jesus, then one thing hed welcome are questions and opinions that come from honest, earnest hearts. Have you stopped to consider just how broken this planet really is? Look around you. Poverty, racism, intolerance, materialism, oppression of women . . . it doesnt take long to see plenty that needs fixing. Hot Issues explores six current social evils that affect us all one way or another. Theyll come as no surpriseuntil you explore Jesus radical responses to the same issues in his time. Hot Issues includes these sessions: The Poverty Line Crossing the Racial Divide Handling Hypocrisy The Treatment of Women Materialism and the Moral Yuppie Religious Intolerance For the Group Leader Reality Check is for spiritual seekers of every persuasion. Uncompromisingly Christian in its perspective, it steers wide of pat answers and aims at honesty. This innovative and thought-provoking series will challenge you and those in your group to connect heart to heart as together you explore the interface between Jesus, the Bible, and the realities of this world in which we live.
Mark Ashton is the director of seeker small groups at Willow Creek Community Church. In addition, he supervises the staff for more than 40 new believer groups, 80 seeker groups, and Willow's Internationals ministry. He is also the director of TruthQuest - Willow's ministry that answers tough questions about Jesus and Christianity. Mark is a frequent speaker at conferences and is the author of Absolute Truth?