A fundamental conviction of the Bible is that no only does God have compassion for those who are hurting, but that God also has the ability to do something about it.
In a previous blog, I mentioned that we have had more people join St. Timothy’s in the last year than any of the previous 25 years that I have been the rector of this church. I bet that if I had all those people in a room discussing why they landed at St. Timothy’s, it would have to do with the combination of the divine and human welcome they received.
So what would it be like to live today governed by love rather than fear. What would it look like today to live trusting that God will provide and therefore we don’t need to be anxious about having enough? What would it be like today to live knowing that we matter whether we succeed or not? What would it be like today to realize that what ultimately governs all reality, and therefore will have its way in the end, is love beyond all imagining?
After 30 years of ordained ministry, I don’t claim to have a clear understanding of why churches grow or decline in membership. However, I do think we often give ourselves, rather than God, too much credit or blame for what happens.
Paul believed that in Christ we have been reconciled to God, and now we have been called to help God reconcile all humanity into a new kind of community. I saw Christ's ministry of reconciliation working through members of St. Timothy’s last Tuesday night.
Early Christians weren’t hated because they were good people; they were hated because their way of life was a judgment on the status quo, and the status quo fought back.
The Good News is what ultimately changes lives because it addresses the core problem: where do we put our trust? Do we put our trust in the God of the Bible who brings life out of death, or do we give our obedience to the idols of a consumer culture that have no power over the forces of death?
“When you prepare a sermon, imagine that Martin Luther King, Jr. will be sitting in the congregation that hears that sermon. Will your words make sense to a life like that?”--Jim McClendon, Professor of Christian Ethics
...like all human beings we don’t like to admit that there is a period of waiting—often months and years of waiting—between the death of our dreams and the dawn of a new chapter.
Good Friday is a day to take stock of where we want to give our allegiance and how we should frame our thinking about our political commitments. Our political conversations with one another shouldn’t be primarily defined by the current Red vs. Blue political divide. Rather, our conversations should be defined by what does it mean for us to be faithful to the way of the cross