When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in......
We spent a good amount of time last year working on our church mission statement. Our mission is to serve Christ by mutually supporting one another and embodying God’s grace and love for all This is a great mission statement, and we spent time on this for good reason. It helps us clarify and connect to our sense of shared purpose and calling. It gives us a practical way of thinking through the things we consider doing and saying in our church community. But we also need a reminder. We are not......
Read with me the Story of Simon’s Mother-In-Law from Mark 1:29-31. It’s kinda sad that in over 2000 years when a couple of guys walk into someone’s home they have no clue how to fend for themselves. So they have to go to such lengths as miraculously healing the sick lady of the house to get anything done. Some of you ladies out there are thinking this woman was pretty smart. She knew as soon as those guys walked in that they couldn’t do anything for themselves….so she comes down with a......
Skepticism. It’s about a questioning attitude or doubt. Today I want to share a story about a skeptic. The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.” Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?” Philip said, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and......
Pray with me. Silence. Holy One. May we listen to You. And by listening, may we love. Amen. At the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, one of the requirements for graduation is a Mission Immersion Experience. You are required to spend at least two weeks in a different culture. During that two weeks, you spend a lot of time becoming immersed into the culture and learning about the people on a deeper level. This trip is much different than typical mission trips. Instead of going with the intention of doing and serving and......
There’s an old familiar Robert Frost poem that speaks about diverging roads. You are probably familiar with its most famous line about taking the road less traveled and that making all the difference. Yet the poem is not titled “the road less traveled.” No, it is titled “The Road Not Taken.” As if the author is not focused on the road he took, but more on the road not taken. And if, in fact, you read the poem, it is focused on the road NOT taken. Listen. Two roads diverged in a......
Yesterday, my friend from CLT, my right hand man in ministry, my brother, came to visit us. I have spoken about him before. Ray has a checkered history that follows him everywhere he goes – mostly drugs, abuse, neglect, among other things. He is the kind of person that many folks look down upon. His record, his decisions, his appearance have often led to folks negatively judging him and sometimes refusing to help him. Even some of the people within our former ministry in Charlotte stopped wanting to help him because of various......
We use a lot of words to describe God: God is… Positive images: Love, Awesome, forgiving, merciful Difficult images: wrath, vengeance… Omniscient – or all-knowing Omnipresent – always around us Transcendent – far off, outside the materials world Immanent – close by, within the material world you could add to this list… But all of these are so heady….so theoretical…Sometimes I just want to know more about God’s personality. For example, I am a talker…give me a subject that I am passionate about and I will talk all day on it. I......