We’ve been preaching through the gospel of Mark and today is pretty exciting because we’ve reached a turning point. This passage is the hinge on which the whole gospel turns. The fundamental pivot point centers on the question that dominates the gospel: Who is Jesus?Read More
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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?Read More
And so here, now, before this woman, Jesus enacted for his disciples the logical conclusion of that form of exclusionary tribalism. It’s kind of a “here’s what this actually looks like when the theory is confronted with real life” moment.Read More
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…Read More
The real evil, the real scandal in this story isn’t only found among the demons instead, much of the very worst evil in this story was hidden safely at home or safely at work or safely at the market and safely far away from this man. Here’s the thing. Like the townsfolk, there’s a certain false security in believing, “I know where evil is! It’s over there!” To chain evil to a name or to a people or a place creates a false hope that at the very least it can be controlled, if not avoided altogether.Read More
And here’s the thing. These ARE all big storms. We don’t need to minimize the enormity of our circumstances, of our struggles, of our fears. Let’s call it what it is. None of us are exempt from facing big storms in life. We all have, and we all will.Read More
They did it all because they knew that what gets illuminated, what we shine a light on, or cover in bright highlights that’s what will capture our attention, affection, and devotion. What is capturing your mind's attention? What is capturing your heart's affection? To what are your hands devoted?Read More
Given our experiences, questions, insecurities, anxieties, and the overwhelming circumstances we find ourselves in… we don’t really know if we can name specific places God is moving anymore. We aren’t really sure we hear His voice. We know we can’t just stop. We have to keep chugging along. So maybe it’s time to put out heads down and figure things out for ourselves. I mean, how else are we supposed to respond?Read More