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......
A few Sundays ago, I spoke about how the church’s overemphasis on belief has watered down Christianity into something more about our heads than our way of life. Just to remind you, I gave you this analogy: “I believe” is a lot like saying “I do” when you get married. Saying “I do” is pretty easy…well, for most of us. But actually living your “I do” is much more complicated. Saying I do is not what marriage is about. Making concrete choices each day to extend love to another person…that’s what marriage......
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......
Those of us who grew up Christian have a pre-understanding of Easter, just as we do of Good Friday and Christmas. That understanding shapes the way we hear of these stories. To be sure, it makes them beloved stories of our affection. They remind us of years past when we heard them told….of people we were with and places we were at. The remind us of plays and musicals performed over the years. They have become a beautiful part of our memory that will live with us forever. And our pre-understanding also......
On Thursday at prayer meeting, we had a short and unplanned discussion on biblical inerrancy. In some ways this is a topic that divides the church. That is, you either believe the Bible is inerrant or you believe it is inspired (and there are some who find a third way to view it – I am probably in that camp). Now, I do not want to get to deep into the nitty-gritty of this topic. My basic response to those who claim inerrancy is this: Which bible is inerrant? What version? Which translation? What “original manuscript”......
Christian Faith is a story of movement. I heard Brian McLaren speak this past week and these words were part of his key message. Christian Faith is a story of movement. Practically every story in scripture is about movement. People moving from one place to another…like Abraham following God’s command to move to a new land, like Jacob moving away from his home afraid of his brother only to return and find forgiveness, like Joseph moving up the chain of command in pharaoh’s court, like David who moved from a shepherd......