How do we act in the current pandemic and in the midst of injustice?

So in terms of, “How do we act in the current pandemic and in the midst of injustice?” I do not want you all to be deceived. Jesus makes it very clear. We are to do the will of the Father and we must persevere and not let our hearts grow hard and our loveContinue reading “How do we act in the current pandemic and in the midst of injustice?”

Anticipating Renewal: Longing for Good News

1 Peter 1:3-25 CEB 3 May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4 You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—anContinue reading “Anticipating Renewal: Longing for Good News”

Anticipating Renewal: Resting and Restoration

What is Sabbath to you? Does it mean the day you don’ t go to work? Does it mean going to church on Sunday and giving that morning to Him? These are all good ideas, but one thing I would like to add, is the idea of rest. One misconception that some of us mayContinue reading “Anticipating Renewal: Resting and Restoration”

Anticipating Renewal: Are you going to wash my feet?

“Lord, are you you going to wash my feet?” Peter said. Jesus replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will understand later.” “No!” Peter said. You will never wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t have a place with me.” John 13: 6-9 CEB As I read this,Continue reading “Anticipating Renewal: Are you going to wash my feet?”

Anticipating Renewal: Unthinking and Relearning

Exceptionalism An important idea we discussed last week was American Exceptionalism, which believes that we as Americans are above other nations and that we cannot be negatively affected by anything, such as the virus. This attitude has resulted in our rather poor response to the corona virus, U.S. cases have surpassed many other nations andContinue reading “Anticipating Renewal: Unthinking and Relearning”

Anticipating Renewal: Release Control and Reconnect with Creation

God is in Control As seasons come and pass, what do you notice? As diseases, such as COVID-19, disrupt the lives of many, what do you notice? The theme I’m trying to get at, and one of the many points that we were privileged to be reminded of, is the fact that we are notContinue reading “Anticipating Renewal: Release Control and Reconnect with Creation”

Anticipating Renewal: Death and Life in Tension

This is one of the most direct accounts of Jesus laying it all out for the disciples, and this definitely wasn’t the first time. The funny thing is that the disciples were the people who knew Jesus the most! They saw his ministry in the most intimate ways. The disciples were Jesus’s roommates, students, coworkers andContinue reading “Anticipating Renewal: Death and Life in Tension”