Too often we are expected to follow along without knowing why we are doing what we are doing. Christian practices are no different, like prayer. Prayer isn’t meant to be a last ditch effort to get the Almighty to save us from our human failures. Prayer instead is an ongoing response to our joy in the Lord.
Reading and studying the Biblical text is not simply a way to gain head knowledge of the stories of our faith. Biblical study is about allowing the will of Christ to become the mindset we claim for our own.
Easter is not a call to return to the way things were. It is a reminder that in Christ’s resurrection, God’s love wins out over death. It is an invitation to see ourselves redeemed in the reflection of God’s grace, as we hear our name called by the risen Lord, that we may go forth to share the good news, that Christ the Lord is risen today!
From shouts of “Hosanna,” to the cries of “Crucify him,” our voices are indicative of our brokenness and need for salvation. This week, perhaps more than any other, offers us pause to consider, how do our voices speak of the need for a Savior?
The brokenness of humanity is often best defined in our claim to be God – to have the perfection and holiness of Christ, and to reserve the right to offer the judgement of God. Yet, we are not God, we are broken images of God’s creation in need of healing and salvation.
We are so quick to point out the faults in others, especially as it gives us a beneficial leg-up or increase in personal well-being. But Jesus refuses to engage with those who skew the Biblical word for personal gain. On which side of the proverbial line in the sand do you stand?
It’s one thing to know the biblical text. It’s another to be willing to follow it without question. How often do we engage in theological debate simply to avoid share love with those we choose to hate?
America is broken. As a nation, we are at war among ourselves. But don’t be fooled – our brokenness is not the result of our differences. It is the result of our unwillingness to see the image of God in the other.
In the flood, God intended to ‘fix’ humanity and creation. Instead, post-flood, we remain just as broken, but with God’s covenant promise to be our eternal hope and healing.
When God does a new thing, a new way of living goes with it. The cross of the ashes tells us we are defined by God’s grace, which reminds us we can engage the world around us in critical, crucial, and faithful ways in the work of reconciliation. The manuscript for this sermon is not […]