Embracing the pain of the crucifixion in order to experience the power of the resurrection involves right living, not easy living.
Faith can easily get mixed with culture, wherever and whenever Christian faith exists.
It’s not a time to micromanage, but it is a time to glance at the big picture and identify potential trouble spots and retrain the growth to expand in the direction you’re aiming for.
What draws you to stay laboring in one spot over and over, turning the soil over and over, but never planting and moving on?
Christians are called to witness to the Beauty of the sacred through our rituals, our service, our worship, our love.
At its most basic level, Christian faith is a centered, personal, relational response involving trust and obedience.
You could put conservative Christian parents and conservative Muslim parents in the same room with coffee and pastries and they would commiserate about the challenges of attempting to instill religious values in their kids in an age of globalization, when many influences far outside their zip code influence their children as much as – or more than – locality does. They have a shared enemy: Western secularization. The religions are not the same, but the frustration is.
What were the specific needs of our town, what were the specific passions and gifts of our church members, and how might they converge?
It’s dangerous to ground our whole understanding of the second person of the Trinity in a scenario in which the only way we know him truly depends on human sin, as if fallenness is necessary in order to know the Word. Because of fallenness, we know the Word as Jesus Christ, the Word Made Flesh. But to suggest the only possible universe in which we could truly know God is one that has the crucifixion means that God in some way ordained human sinfulness so that we could know him.
“The time is always ripe to do right.”