The Kingdom of God belongs to those who are: Helpless. Completely dependent. Without security.Read More
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We read that, and it seems like an innocent enough question. “Jesus, what do you think about divorce?” But it was actually a loaded question. Here’s why. Because at this point in Jesus’ story, divorce laws had become very, very complicated. This was one of the questions of their time.Read More
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.Read More
See in the world of scarcity everyone is a potential opponent. But when there is always enough to go around, when there is abundance, suddenly there is no longer a need to compete. There is no longer a need to label others as an enemy. When there is an abundance, you welcome people to the table.Read More
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.Read More
Glory is a promise we are given, but it does not come without suffering and pain; however, God is loyal, trustworthy, and faithful. He knows the road is hard because he has travelled it. Be encouraged this morning that He does provide respite when the road is hard, because He’s good.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
So today I want us to camp out on this question Paul raises for the Corinthians and for us: How are we building? What are we building with? And this is the image that Paul has in mind as he is writing to his friends in Corinth.Read More
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.Read More