For most of us in this room, I imagine, there is an unhealthy form of family first. From positions of privilege, with relatively unlimited resources at our disposal, we can make family the center of our universe. We can turn family, which God created to be a good thing, into the very reason for our existence. The dangers is when we make family first our religion - when we treat family AS our mission.Read More
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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
I think we all live, not out of an overflow of love, but out of a deficit. We live, not as if we are loved, but desperately needing love, craving love, even hoarding love - love that we can only get if we do all of the right things. And continue doing them, forever.Read More
It’s a pretty good story. A baby born under a death sentence becomes a prince of Egypt…becomes a Hebrew Batman bringing vigilante justice…becomes an exile…becomes a hero…becomes a shepherd.
Something interesting stands out to me about Exodus 2. For 22 verses, we read the incredible, you-can’t-make-this-up-if-you-tried story of Moses’ life…and at no point in the story do we read single reference to God. Not once.
I wonder if Moses ever sat on a hillside and asked the questions that we ask: How did I end up here? Is all of this random? Chance? Luck? Does it mean anything? I wonder if Moses ever took stock of his life, looked towards heaven, and asked, “Why did all of this happen? Why has the road been so crooked? Why didn’t you show up more?”
But when I read Exodus 2, the text starts to ask me a question, “What if God did show up? What if He shows up all the time...but I just miss him? What if HE is moving, but I don’t see him?”Read More
Reformer of hearts and societies, lover of Jesus, but a man with a bit of a temper, please meet Martin Luther.