Listening is redemptive; it has the power to change lives and communities. If we’re going to see positive change in the world – if we’re going to see positive change in our own community – we have to start listening.
The celebration of 170 years of ministry does not come without some honest reflection. The story of Washington Street UMC is a story of redemption: If God could use the Roman cross and symbols of oppression, God can and certainly does use a church built with the money of slaveholders to tell a new story – a story of reconciliation, love, and resurrection.
Paul says that those who are in Christ Jesus have no condemnation. What does he mean? Who are they that are in Christ Jesus? How is it they have no condemnation? John Wesley explains in his sermon, “The First Fruits of the Spirit.”
We should not blame God for Adam’s sin; instead, we should bless God for using that singular act to lay the framework for the witness of truth and love through the sacrifice of the Son of God.