Bread (Mark 8:1-21)

Bread (Mark 8:1-21)

But in every city, in every country, in every culture the world has ever known there are those things we just kind of…get used to. Maybe we don’t see them after awhile, or if we do, they start to feel normal, even ok. Social divisions. Gender gaps. Racism. Injustice. Fear. They’re monsters, walking around our cities. And lots of us just kind of feel powerless to change them. So, we don’t. We accept them. We live among them. They become normal after a while. And when this is how we approach the seedy systems of our city, and the world? Everything kind of stays the same as it’s always been. Monsters become normal. But what if God is inviting us to do something about it?

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Face Blind (Mark 6:45-56)

Face Blind (Mark 6:45-56)

The world seemed to be against them in that moment. As much as they tried to strain and fight, they couldn’t seem to get where they wanted to go. And so many of us, when we look at our lives, at our world, the wind seems to be against us too. We try and we try to get out of debt and we just can’t. We try and we try to find a home to live in and we just can’t. We try and we try to lose weight, get healthy, make the grade and we just can’t. We try to make the relationship work and we just can’t. Everything we do to climb out, make the break, make things work, and it just doesn’t. Everything we do to try and better our lives, to get out of the storm, and over and over, we get shoved back to where we started, or further back. The wind is against us. We just can’t catch a break…

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Address (Numbers 16:1-11)

Address (Numbers 16:1-11)

A few weeks ago, it happened. A terrible, no good, very bad thought crept inside my head. This new place?  This perfect place?  This promised land place we JUST moved into?  It’s not big enough.  This place, this perfect place, it’s just not enough. This is the story of my life, I guess.  The story of not enough.  It turns out that there is no enough - no safe enough, or free enough, or clean enough or big enough for me.  There’s just not enough of anything, really, to keep me happy. And so I move, I adjust, I fight, I pray, I beg for more…for enough, finally…to be content, with life.  I think moving to a new address will be enough.  Moving to a new title will be enough.  Taking on a new job or friendship or accomplishment will be enough.  But no matter what I try, I can’t find the address I’m looking for.  And I know I’m not the only one.  Because this is the question we all ask, at some point or another.  What address, what home, what foundation will be enough so I can finally just go on living?
 

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Forgiving (Acts 9:1-20)

Forgiving (Acts 9:1-20)

Whether you get aggressive or get avoiding, refusing to forgive kills. The stockpiled bitterness will poison my soul. My reactive aggression will kill off my relationships. Time does NOT heal all wounds. The garbage stays under the rugs until it’s cleaned out. It doesn’t just go away on its own. Because if we don’t do something with it, that hurt WILL cause more hurt to either our relationship to God, or to ourselves, or to others. So what do we do?

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