There’s no doubt that the way and teachings of Jesus are challenging. For whatever reason, it just doesn’t come naturally for us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, give up what we have and give it to the poor, and so on. But there is one part of this Jesus-following lifestyle that I believe is most basic and most difficult: making friends with people who are different from us. Not just a little different, either.
We journey toward the cross, somber and penitent. And to the extent that there is an assumption of a commonly-held story of Easter, it has to do with God demanding that Jesus be sacrificed for our sins so that we can inherit eternal life. While this might be the popular, and seemingly only, version of the story, I have some serious reservations with this interpretation.
My time with this congregation has pretty much ruined church for me. Despite how that may sound, I’m not upset. Sad on occasion, and perhaps a bit frustrated at times, but not upset. Overall I’m quite content to be finding my way through these ruins. Let me explain …
On the final Sunday of our This I Believe worship series we explored the theme “This I Believe about Jesus.” Since others might be interested in hearing about what our church believes about Jesus, here are the results of our in-worship creative moment, where we invited everyone present to list ways we think of or describe Jesus.
We seek. We follow. We track. We chase. We pursue. The season of Lent leads us from the ministry of Jesus to the cross. It also leads us to consider how we are encountering Christ in our daily lives. How and where are we pursuing Jesus? What keeps us from doing so? What new ways and […]