Today I reflect with out Church’s kids on the presence of angels at the birth of Jesus. The shepherds share the news with the most unlikely folks in a nearby field watching their sheep.
I reflect on the beautiful contradiction of the Christmas story, God become human in Jesus. God provided a rose in the desert. A blooming rose in the frigid winter.
I have known so many people over the years who were turned off from Christianity or were deeply hurt by Christians and lost their faith over it. Recently I have been thinking about what happens when Christians fail those around them. Part of it is because of high profile cases of Christian leaders failing those they serve very publicly and some of it is because of personal experiences. I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago aimed at Christians who have been hurt by their brothers or sisters in the faith or by the Church itself. While I was writing that, I realized it did not really address those who do not consider themselves Christian but who have also been hurt. This is my attempt to start a conversation with those folks.
I continue to look at the hymns of advent and Christmas this week by exploring the setting of Jesus’ birth and inspiration for “O’ Little Town of Bethlehem”
Today I begin a new series inspired by the music around the story of Christmas. This week is “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” written by Charles Wesley to remember the waiting of Israel for the messiah fulfilled in Jesus and our waiting today for Jesus to return.
There is so much more beauty in the world than we typically see. God makes all things beautiful in the end, even that which is dark and ugly now. Are we willing to see life through the eyes of God and recognize beauty in its unusual forms?
God is a God of innovation. If we really examine the scriptures it seems God is always up to something new. God is doing something new now. Are we open to seeing the new thing God is doing and join it?
Often we get stuck in nostalgia when we look back to our past. God calls his people to look back regularly but never in a desire to go back to the “good ol’ days” but to see how God was always faithful in the past so that we can trust him today.
Every year I explore the life of two prominent Christians from History. One during the Fourth of July weekend from the USA, and another on Reformation Sunday from somewhere else in the world. This year we are taking a look at Mother Teresa.
Guest speaker Rev. Isaac Chung finishes our series on mission by exploring what would happen if we did the whole mission Jesus gave to us and not just one part. Come see with us what Balanced Mission may look like.