Can we stop defending ourselves against this powerful and beautiful story, can we suspend our disbelief, and instead allow the Story to transform us and our living in the world?
How closely does our church, what we are doing as church today, resemble the church that was born on the Day of Pentecost?
Just when we point to John’s gospel to confirm that God is our Father, we hear Jesus praying from a mother’s heart.
How do we know what Jesus would do? Turn to listen for the Holy Spirit.
As we look back to the story of Abraham and Sarah, and the story of the meeting Jesus on the road, we think of our “road trip.”
Our believing and our belonging are meant to go deeper over time, to give shape to our lives and to our church.
This Easter, this unbelievable story confronts us with its awe and wonder and mystery.
The parade into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
We need to be more like Mary. We need to stop counting the cost. We need to stop being so reasonable and prudent; we need to give without expecting a tax receipt. We need to engage our hearts.
We are meant to love radically, passionately, beyond all limits and beyond all sense, because this is what God does.
Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 13:1-9 This Lent, we’ve been exploring the theme of encountering God: going out into the wilderness to meet God; seeking to discover or uncover God amidst the fulness, the clutter of our lives. Last Sunday, John Burton reflected with you on some of the ways we encounter God: in the first, stumbling words of a grandchild, in music, and in the vast mysteries of the universe.
Psalm 27; Luke 13:31-35 Several weeks ago Jeff introduced the notion of ‘functional atheism,’ in his sermon. This label refers to the inclination many of us have to feel that all the work of the church is dependent on us and not God. Functional atheists may not give voice to this feeling directly but when you listen to the way they talk about the church it seems that their faith is summed up by saying, “If it is our efforts, our…
How can we use Lent to rediscover God in our life?