Parenting the Faith (Mark 9:41-50)

Parenting the Faith (Mark 9:41-50)

While there are many things that positively influence the likelihood of a child carrying their faith on into adulthood, missiologists and sociologists have identified three critical things. Third on the list — making sure that in their church, kids feel the safety and freedom to ask whatever questions they have about life and love and God. The second most important factor in the faith development of children is that someone who isn’t their parent and isn’t their pastor take an interest in their spiritual life. And the very most important factor is simply this — that kids see their parents actively loving Jesus, serving their neighbors, and participating in Christian community.

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The Race for Honors (Mark 9:30-37)

The Race for Honors (Mark 9:30-37)

So even when we win, even when we achieve our goal and get that thing we’ve always wanted, we still don’t have what we really desire or really need….a sense of security at the core of who we are, that we are loved no matter what honor we have or what honor we don’t. Honor is a Race we lose, even if we win, because to “win” the Race for Honors is to destroy all hope of love - love of myself, love of my neighbor, love of God - love, the very thing we’re craving in the first place.

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I Believe. Help My Unbelief. (Mark 9:14-29)

I Believe. Help My Unbelief. (Mark 9:14-29)

This father, already no stranger to heartache, was again! crushed under the weight of one more disappointment. One more failed hope. One more heartbreak. And the religious enforcers pounced on his pain so that everyone watching would know just how much of a crock Jesus’ way was. The scene Jesus walks into is not a pretty picture. It’s a scene filled with pain. The emptiness of the gloating scribes. The disappointment of the disciples. The powerlessness of the father.

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The Bloody Way (Luke 10:25-37)

The Bloody Way (Luke 10:25-37)

If I’m supposed to love my neighbor, like you say, if that’s how to build a better neighborhood, then…who exactly is that? Who exactly is this “neighbor”? It’s a great question. Because if I’m supposed to love this nameless faceless “neighbor” with the same passion and urgency and radical care that I love myself? I want to know who that “neighbor” is. Where do I focus this radical love?

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Perichoresis (Psalm 149:1-4)

Perichoresis (Psalm 149:1-4)

When I hear you describe God, occasionally I wonder if you understand what our Savior is really like. Some of you see God as rigid, irritable, or aloof. Some of you don’t describe God that way directly, but the way you relate to God suggests that underlying assumption. Saint Athanasius described what God is like with a simple metaphor that’s ironically prohibited in some churches today: a dance.

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