There’s an iconic scene from movies and tv shows: some force is threatening a group of people and a hero holds back the danger to save the day. Sometimes is a superhero show and there is something threatening the entire world. Sometimes is a spy show, mystery or drama, and there’s something threatening a small group of folks, members of a team trying to solve a puzzle. It’s even in military shows where a city or community or nation are threatened. But whatever the type of story, some character steps up to......
Have you ever thought to yourself: cant things just go back to the way they used to be? You make a mistake, hurt a friend hurt, and realize trust has been broken and you just wish to yourself: Can’t we just go back to the way it used to be? That little girl who you swung over your shoulders and sang lullabies to and rode the carousel with is now dating boys and wearing makeup and – lord knows what else! And you think: Can’t we just go back to the way it used......
The Abraham story is filled with new ideas about God, as we heard from Rob Bell earlier. It represents a dramatic shift within human understanding of God, with the way humans thought about God. It is a key place in the revelation of God to humanity. We always think of Jesus as the clearest and most central person in whom God is revealed. And that is so true. But even as we lift up Jesus, we must never forget how mind-blowing and thought-shattering the revelation of God was during the time......
Jesus traveled among all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers. Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.” He called his twelve disciples and gave......