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Rhythm Dialogue Video – 1.2

May 13th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm Dialogue | Doing Justice in Community


Episode 1.2

Rhythm is currently in a teaching series called “Love in Public” where we’re exploring what the Bible and Jesus says about justice. Matt, Lauren, and Keisha talk in this video about why it’s crucial to practice justice with others. Biblical justice is a communal calling and not all of the weight should fall on an individual.

Keisha is leading a workshop on starting biblical justice initiatives on Saturday, May 18. REGISTER HERE and learn more.

About Rhythm Dialogue: Conversation and dialogue seems to be a dying art in many places. We’re trying to cultivate authentic togetherness in Miami through conversation and community. The topics we discuss come from real questions people ask us or areas of faith that we are currently exploring in Rhythm.

If you have a question or idea to contribute, let us know!

Check out other Rhythm Dialogue videos!

Rhythm Dialogue Video – 1.1

May 9th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm Dialogue | Jesus, Justice, & Making All Things New


Episode 1.1

Rhythm is currently in a teaching series called “Love in Public” where we’re exploring what the Bible and Jesus says about justice. Matt and Lauren talk in this video about the importance of addressing the difficult history of injustice and how the church has at times been complicit with injustice. We also point to tangible examples in Christian history where the church has faithfully journeyed with the vulnerable in their context and pursued God’s reconciling justice.

About Rhythm Dialogue: Conversation and dialogue seems to be a dying art in many places. We’re trying to cultivate authentic togetherness in Miami through conversation and community. The topics we discuss come from real questions people ask us or areas of faith that we are currently exploring in Rhythm. If you have a question or idea to contribute, let us know!

Justice Devotional

May 8th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is in a teaching series on Sunday mornings called Love in Public: Jesus, Justice, & Making All Things New. We’ve created a devotional guide of daily Scripture readings for people to use to encounter God and the biblical vision of justice and renewal. We encourage you to spend time daily with each Scripture passage and to engage with it in a slow, prayerful way. Below are the daily readings and some basic guidelines on how to engage with them.


Lectio Divina is a prayerful way of engaging Scripture and has movements that flow naturally from one to another.

Prepare yourself to receive from God. Slow down, relax, and intentionally release the chaos and noise in your mind to him.


Read the passage slowly, allowing the words to resonate and settle in your heart. As you do, listen with the ear of your heart for a word, phrase, or detail that stands out to you.


Read the passage a second time slowly. As you do, linger on the word or phrase that stands out to you. Sit with the word or phrase and savor it as a word of God for you.


Read the passage a third time, listening attentively. Now is the moment to enter into a personal dialogue with God. There is no right or wrong way to do this.


Deeply receive God’s Word and rest in his presence and love. Give yourself some time to wait and be still before you reenter life as usual. Take God’s Word to you with you throughout the day.


MAY 5  DAY 1/ Micah 6:8

             DAY 2/ Luke 4:14-20

             DAY 3/ Psalm 146

             DAY 4/ Matthew 25:35-40

             DAY 5/ Zechariah 7:8-9

             DAY 6/ Acts 2:42-47

             DAY 7/ Deuteronomy 10:17-19

MAY 12 DAY 8/ Matthew 12:15-21

             DAY 9/ Jeremiah 22:1-5

             DAY 10/ James 1:27

             DAY 11/ Job 29:12-17

             DAY 12/ Matthew 5:3-12

             DAY 13/ Psalm 33:1-5

             DAY 14/ Colossians 1:15-20

MAY 19 DAY 15/ Isaiah 32:16-18

             DAY 16/ Matthew 23:23-24

             DAY 17/ Job 31:13-23

             DAY 18/ Mark 1:29-34

             DAY 19/ Jeremiah 9:23-24

             DAY 20/ Matthew 4:23-25

             DAY 21/ Psalm 72:1-2

MAY 26 DAY 22/ James 2:14-19

             DAY 23/ Amos 5:21-24

             DAY 24/ Matthew 5:38-48

             DAY 25/ Isaiah 58:1-14

             DAY 26/ Acts 4:34-37

             DAY 27/ Exodus 22:21-24

             DAY 28/ Romans 14:17-19

JUNE 2 DAY 29/ Psalm 85:10-13

             DAY 30/ Revelation 21:1-5

             DAY 31/ Deuteronomy 15:1-8

             DAY 32/ Luke 14:15-24

             DAY 33/ Isaiah 30:18

             DAY 34/ Matthew 6:33

             DAY 35/ Deuteronomy 24:19-22

JUNE 9 DAY 36/ Luke 10:25-37

Love in Public

April 29th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The terms “justice” and “injustice” get used a lot these days. They are used in the highest levels of government and in the grassroots work of community organizing. We hear these words used on news reports and on Facebook. Our society is very interested in “justice” but it seems like we mean and envision very different realities.

But what does God think about justice and how is this displayed through Jesus? Is the church called to pursue justice in the world? What does this mean for us individually and communally?

The philosopher Cornel West has said that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” 

The Old Testament prophet Micah said that the people of God are to “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”

Jesus said

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Beginning May 5, we are going to explore and examine what the Scriptures teach us about God’s vision of justice and how this vision affects our lives. Come hang with us on Sunday mornings and grow together!

Recommended Resources

The Bible Project: Justice

The Little Book of Biblical Justice [book]

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities to Unity, Wholeness, and Justice [book]

Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom [book]

With Justice for All [book]

Starting & Sustaining Kingdom Justice Initiatives

April 4th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Do you desire to see your church or ministry experience more of the kingdom of God? Is your heart stirred for the broken, hurting parts of Miami? Do you have a passion to reach people across the racial and cultural divides in our culture? What does it mean for followers of Jesus to practice biblical justice?

Rhythm Church and Neighborhood Church are pleased to host a workshop on Saturday, May 18 led by Keisha Polonio on starting and sustaining kingdom justice initiatives in Miami.


This workshop costs $20 per person (before May 15) and you can REGISTER HERE. The cost increases to $25 per person at the door on May 18.

This workshop is open to anyone in the South Florida area including non-profit leaders, business people, pastors, church planters, artists, environmentalists, and neighborhood activists.

Keisha Polonio is the Associate Director and Coaching Director of the Underground Network in Tampa, FL. Over the past 15 years, the Underground has helped start and sustain over 200 microchurches in the Tampa Bay Area, many of them focused on a justice initiative. She is a certified leadership coach and a sought after public speaker. Keisha also served for several years as the Director of Created Women, a ministry committed to serving vulnerable women caught in the sex industry. She lives in Tampa with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Jarron and Evan. You can learn more about Keisha’s work and her story here.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on the vision and theme of justice throughout the Scriptures and the need for biblical justice to be a central part of a Christian’s life with God. We will discuss and consider the challenges and opportunities in starting justice initiatives including gaining clarity on calling, developing a team, and strategic innovation. We will then discuss what it takes to sustain a justice initiative over the long haul including healthy leadership rhythms, overcoming opposition, and cultivating a vision of the preferred future.

The Burden is Light

March 13th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Jesus came offering full, abundant life for people – the rich, poor, educated, privileged, marginalized, powerful, individuals, families, and enemies. God desires for everyone to experience liberation and freedom from the stories of our culture that keep us imprisoned.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
[Matthew 11:28-30]

Modern western Christianity has often forgotten the radical message of freedom that Jesus came to offer people who are weighed down by the heaviness of life.

In this 4-week sermon series, we’ll explore how Jesus offers us a way to experience liberation and freedom from the enormous weight that keeps us from abundant life.

New Location!!

March 13th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The space for Sunday morning Public Worship has officially changed locations!

Sunday, March 17 will be our first worship gathering at 2013 Coral Way on the 5th floor. There’s free parking on the 6th floor of the parking garage.

Check out the videos below for more information about parking and our vision for this new space!




Lent 2019

March 3rd, 2019

Rhythm Team

We invite you to journey with us during the season of Lent. Beginning in the fourth century, the church began observing Lent as a forty-day period of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of repentance, of considering Christ’s sufferings, and rethinking how we are called to take up our own crosses and follow Jesus.

Resources & Events

The Wisdom of Ashes: Understanding Ash Wednesday [blog]

How to Fast for Lent [blog]

Repentance Project: An American Lent [online daily devotional]

Stations of the Cross Prayer Walk [Good Friday, April 19]
*** More details to come!

February 24th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is moving to a new location for Sunday Public Worship!

Sunday, March 10 will be our last Sunday at the Elks Lodge and immediately after the service we’re going to pack up all our supplies/equipment into a moving truck and transport it at our new location at the Center for Social Change (2103 Coral Way).

We need lots of help loading and unloading all of our stuff at the new location, so mark it on your calendar!

February 16th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is preparing to make a new transition to a new space on Sunday, March 17. As we prepare for this move, we’re reminding one another of the most core, basic elements that must come with us.

Join us for this 4-week series about the basic rhythms of discipleship and the call to follow Jesus in Miami.

Check out the supplemental resources for the series below:

Worship and Hunger (UP)

Worship & Hunger handout

Personalizing the Lord’s Prayer

Desert Day guide

Lectio Divina

5 Questions

Community and Vulnerability (WITH)

Community & Vulnerability handout


Spiritual Friendship guide

Surrender and Trust (DOWN)

Surrender & Trust handout

Truth and Lies About Money

Family Genogram

Power Inventory

Mission and Compassion (OUT)

Mission & Compassion handout

MLK “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

MLK “Letter from Birmingham Jail” audio

Bible Project “Biblical Justice” videos & podcast

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