Why is God’s presence sometimes so difficult to find? Well, one reason is we are bred for change and God’s presence is constant. In this letter to my soon-to-be born children, I explore this challenge. Of course, the letter’s not just for them. It’s for you too. And for me.
Because I have babies on the brain right now, I zeroed right in on the Jesus’ words about revelation to infants. Here are four ways children participate in God’s presence. The good news is that we were all children once, so we can recover these things if we’ve lost them.
Struggling with difficult passages of the Bible often bears fruit. Such is the case in this sermon about the binding of Isaac. Until I read it through the lens of my impending fatherhood, all I saw was the apparent brutality of God’s test. Now I see so much more.
Jesus spoke comfort and challenge in equal measure to attract and galvanize people to join him in his mission to re-imagine what God was doing on earth. This mission is rarely easy, but it is always worth it.
Our understanding of God springs directly from our desire to name God. Yes, we have the word “God,” but in our experience those three letters do not do justice to the sublime coherence of grace and love and communion that we feel when we stumble into God’s presence. So God has given us the gift of naming God as a Trinity of persons, which helps us see and relate to God. (Bonus: SPOILERS on my impending children)
I’ve been shortchanging the Holy Spirit’s power for too long, veering too much toward the “inspiration” side of the Holy Spirit. This sermon tries to remedy that with other “Spir”-it words.
Over the last fifty years or so, the church has lost its primacy in American society; at the same time, the story we all share — the story of God and God’s people — has not been shared effectively. We are in a new apostolic moment, in which the world is hungry and we have good news to share. And we can do it six words at a time.
Jesus offers us a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment; the kind of life the Creator meant for us to live. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to tell the story of the Gospel in a sermon, lest we forget (or so we can learn it for the first time). Here, I tell the story to talk about different facets of the life Jesus offers to us all.