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?”
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.
Today’s sermon is a meditation on Psalm 23, an “expansion,” if you will, of the content of the Psalm. I’ve heard and read this psalm a thousand times, but working intimately with it this week has given me a new appreciation for its, theme, its gentleness, and its power.
In my first ever book review on WtW, I was blessed to read Planted by Leah Kostamo. In this joyful, quick read Kostamo integrates into the anecdotal narrative honest and thoughtful theological reflection on creation care, stewardship, and vocation.
Today we journey to the center of the word “believe,” and we learn that to believe is to rest your weight on something. That is your foundation, and we have only one of those, for we believe in God alone.
The Resurrection is not an event that happened in some obscure backwater of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago. We live in a reality in which Christ is risen. The truth of the risen-ness of Christ permeates existence — then, now, always.
Standing at the foot of the cross with all the powers of evil and separation careening towards Golgotha. What if it’s all a trap? Not for Jesus…but for them. (This is part 1, which ends with a cliffhanger. Stayed tuned for part 2 Sunday.)