Further thoughts on churches we’ve visited since the first of the year…
Through the first four months of this year, we’ve visited all kinds of churches. We have come away with a deeper appreciation and love for the Body of Christ and how it is expressed in so many ways. Continue reading “Oh, the places we’ve been, Pt. 2”
Kenneth Bailey in his book, The Good Shepherd, walks through several major “shepherd” passages of Scripture. He makes the case for seeing the Father and the Son as shepherds rather than vengeful judges. Continue reading “The failure of the shepherds”
Today is my last day as pastor of Heights Church. It’s been a nearly 20 year journey in a place I have loved deeply. Continue reading “The journey changes”
I love pastoring and I love the place where I pastor. A day arrived I didn’t think would come this soon, even though “soon” means 19 years of ministry in one place. Continue reading “The Letter I Thought I Would Never Write”
Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. (Mark 12:13, NIV)
We are creating new games of “gotcha” in the evangelical world on almost a weekly basis now. Statements issued by one group are carefully scrutinized by another. Actions of one group are carefully scrutinized for motive by another.
The religious leaders in Jesus’ day were good at this. And for good reason.
You can tweet this. (LOL. I really hate that cue!)
When we don’t have true authority all we can do is try and ‘trap’ the opponent.
We may not think much of the Church in our American angst. We complain. We argue. We are always quick to point out what is “wrong” with the Church. Every particular season I will come across dozens of articles about what NOT to preach on a particular Sunday. (“Make sure you avoid these THREE mistakes on Mother’s Day”, etc.) Continue reading “Church bashing”
“There are Christians, of course, who never put their names down on a membership list; there are Christians who refuse to respond to the call to worship each Sunday; there are Christians who say, ‘I love God but I hate the church.’ (Or, in our day, ‘I’m spiritual, not religious.’) But they are members all the same, whether they like it or not, whether they acknowledge it or not. For God never makes private, secret salvation deals with people. His relationships with us are personal, true; intimate, yes; but private, no. We are a family in Christ. When we become Christians, we are among brothers and sisters in faith. No Christian is an only child.” — Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction