Instagram is the new Facebook, Tinder is the new EHarmony, late is the new on-time, and John the Baptist is the new Elijah. But notice the way John pivots our expectation. Instead of a showdown of power like Elijah, John comes in humility and simplicity. All this behavior emulates, precedes, and points, exactly as we should point, to the one who is coming after him. Jesus.
We are committed to faithfully and thoughtfully engaging scripture and the world. We teach the Bible with intellectual integrity and attentiveness to our community and culture.
The mission of God on earth is to get specific, particular, and deep. God has called us to exactly that, but he hasn't left us unprepared. Advent prepares of for the breaking in of God's plan. Where we are going, we are going to need Holy Spirit, the giftedness of our whole congregation, and the expectation that our goal is to be, like Jesus, incarnate in this world.
Creation is one of the best ways to share the good news about God and his Kingdom. Caring for creation is an important part of our witness to the world concerning what we believe about how God. Christians who deny climate change have damaged the credibility of the Gospel. If we really hope to share Jesus we have to care about the world He has given us.
Caring for this world is an important way we connect to God. Its an essential way that God finds us and forms us. This week Amanda invites our community to an ongoing practice of finding God in caring for His creation.
The Bible holds a unique view of and promise for the future. Christian hope about God's plan for the world is the ultimate driving force behind our actions as it concerns the environment. Not only do we have access to this hope now, but living into it should be considered our vocation.
Climate change has had and will continue to have a disproportionate effect on the poor. The Biblical call to care for the poor is overwhelming and undeniable. Those of us who follow Jesus should ready ourselves to care for the Earth as a necessary part of our response to caring for the world's vulnerable.
The first in a 6 week series on creation care. We focus on a Biblical understand of our broken relationship to the Earth.
The last in our series on Acts. In Chapter 8 we find the disciples in the midst of fulfilling the great commission, literally sharing the good news about the resurreciton to the ends of the earth.
Stephen is accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple, he defends these accusations by calling his accusers to surrender their heart to the new work that God is doing through the resurrection.
In Acts 6 Stephen is seized by a group of zealous Jews who banded together from all over the Roman empire to stop his message. The drag him in front of the men that had ultimately killed Jesus and generate false testimony accusing him of religious crimes. Through all this Stephen is said to have "a face like that of an Angel."
The Apostles Peter and John stare in the face of the men that ultimately had Jesus killed and stick to their story, knowing full well that they were risking their own lives. After encountering the resureciton there is no alternative: proclaim what you've seen.
In Acts 4 a story of healing and an imperative to turn from sin are paired together. We are reminded that turning away from something isn't enough: what are we turning toward?