When Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” he’s really asking them, “What kind of relationship do you want to have with me?”
Faith is a tricky concept because the word is a noun but it should be a verb. That’s what we’re exploring in this getting back to basics sermon.
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.
This week we dig into the Parable of the Sower and, with a little help from Godly Play, discover God’s extravagant grace and persistent love.
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.