We have been looking this summer at the basics of our spiritual life. All in an attempt to more deeply consider what we talk about when we talk about God. We have explored words like Faith, Belief, Salvation…even the word God itself. Today we come to truth. What is truth? (If you are reading take some time to think about how you would define truth.) People talk a lot about truth. Our everyday conversations are based on what we believe is true and not true. So, yes people talk a lot about......
As we think about faith today, I want to go to one of the most famous verses in all of Christianity, at least from the perspective of our society. It’s a verse that we see plastered on signs people are holding at sporting events. It’s a verse we put on ballcaps and t-shirts and cards that we send. It’s a verse that is known well simple by citing the name of the book, chapter and verse number. It’s a verse that many people say is their favorite in all the Bible. It’s......
Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Or as Rachel Held Evans (an amazing Christian author who died suddenly this past week) has said: Christianity isn’t meant to simply be believed; it’s meant to be lived, shared, eaten, spoken, and enacted in the presence of other people. Rachel Held Evans passing this week is a true loss for the modern church. Yet her contributions to building the kingdom of God through her written witness to faith, spirituality and the church remain a treasure for all of us. Today, I invite you......
Have you see the movie The Greatest Showman? We just watched it for our movie night at The Cellar. It is a fictional story based on some history about PT Barnum. It is basically historical fiction. In the story, Barnum brings together people who are different. Specifically, he creates a lace in society for people who have been cast out of society. And Barnum makes these outcasts the stars of his show. You have to watch it – a beautiful story of grace and acceptance. (Yes, there are problems in the story......
For the past several weeks we have come across stories that have had a different meaning than we may have thought they had. There’s the story of Jacob which is more about a family’s struggle to accept this revolutionary idea that God is about love and grace and mercy and provision and blessing when the world had told them that gods were not like that. There’s the story of mustard seeds which aren’t really about the smallest becoming the greatest, but instead about the kingdom of God being like an invasive weed......
Are you familiar with the I AM statements in the Bible? There are 7 of them (some folks advocate for 8). They all say something different, something unique. I am… The Bread of Life The Light of the World The Door The Good Shepherd The Resurrection and the Life The Way the Truth and the Life The True Vine So, given their differences, which one is true? Which one do you believe in? This is not a fair question is it? But isn’t this the attitude of many in our society today? Isn’t......
Rwanda. 1994. Just after Easter. In 100 days over 800,000 Tutsi people are killed by the Hutu majority government. An estimated 70-80% of the Tutsi population. After the genocide was halted by the Rwandan Patriotic Force taking control of the country, an estimated 2 million Rwandans, mostly Hutus who feared retribution, were displaced and became refugees. The rate of killing during these 100 days was higher than that of the Holocaust. And this mass killing was obviously labeled a genocide. Now, you probably have some memory of this happening, most likely because......