This week we have been finishing up the gospel of John in our sixth month New Testament reading journey. One of the things that has stood out to me this time I have read through the gospel of John is how much Jesus seems to struggle. Think about these images of struggle in John’s gospel: Chapter 2 – Jesus struggles with his mother: “My hour has not yet come.” (v.4) Chapter 2 – Jesus struggles to make the temple pure again: “Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!” (v.16) Chapter 5 –......
If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Forgiveness – Holding On Keeps Us From Moving On (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 3 The past two days, we have reflected on the questions we chase when we are hurt, the risk it takes to forgive and surrendering these things to God as part of the path to forgiveness. Today, spend some time trying to draw out something that you are having in a hard time forgiving (could involve people, situations, feelings, words, etc). Just try to draw it through whatever shapes, colors, pictures,......
I love good conversation, especially when it is about the deep, spiritual parts of life and faith. I actually enjoy struggling through tough issues, whether about God, life or the community around us. In fact, I usually get energized when a question or problem just utterly stumps me. So, I am issuing a challenge to Hood Memorial Christian Church: See if you can Stump the Pastor! Join me this Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm in the Parlor/Pastor Study for an hour of questions and conversation. Bring the hardest faith question you......
Belief is a tricky thing. Belief for many is something they stake their lives on. For others belief is an honest and vulnerable journey of discovery traveled throughout a lifetime. Sometime we believe what we say and say what we believe. Other times we say we believe in something, but sure don’t act like it. And sometimes we deny we believe even though our actions say otherwise. For example, I believe in free speech. But there are some forms of speech I do not accept, will not support and I certainly will......