Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Posts from October 2021

Atonement Theory

I was listening to a podcast today about Atonement Theory.  You know, like what does Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension mean in Chrisitan theology.  Just some fluff for my walk today.  The speaker, Jennifer Bradshaw is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry at Campbell University.  She walked through five theories of atonement that have been popular at…

Sunday to Monday | Lord Have Mercy

We had a great story to consider yesterday in worship in Mark 10:46-52, the healing of Bartimaeus, a blind man. If you missed being with us, you can watch here or see a few photos here. And check out these photos from the Extreme Community Makeover workday on Saturday here. Tomorrow is the last day…

But Now I See

You know the hymn “Amazing Grace”. Everyone knows that hymn. It’s sung at many funerals and even at secular events. It’s a comfort and source of support in times of deep grief or sadness. There is a line in the first verse that always sticks out to me: was blind, but now I see. We…

The Perfect Place

I recently attended a wedding held at a Catholic church for one of my college roommates. It was the first time I had been in what people would call a “traditional church” in… well I could not tell you the last time I had worshipped in one.  Honestly, I didn’t miss it. As I was…

It’s Difficult

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard noted that, in his day, so many creative people were dedicating their lives to make other people’s lives easier through the invention of labor-saving devices and technology that relieved them of some of the burdens of work. Kierkegaard, master of irony, said that he decided that he would dedicate…

Trees

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalm 96:11-12 What does it look like for the trees to sing for joy? I think it might…

Sunday to Monday | Wounds

Pastor Dave taught from Isaiah 53:2-12 and about the five wounds of Christ and how through Jesus’ wounds and our own wounds God brings forth supernatural power. God uses our wounds to bless us and the world. If you missed being with us watch here and see photos here. We take God’s Word into our…

You Are the Hands

Yesterday was the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila. First: I’ve heard of St Teresa, she was a mystic, a nun in the 16th century, wrote a couple books and was a devoted Christian. (That sentence is not her whole biography.) Second: As a Protestant, I’ve often wondered about ‘feast days’. I had the…

Relevant Today

October 31st will mark the 504th anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg.  Martin Luther believed the church needed reform because it had wandered off course.   While Luther had many complaints (i.e., 95) chief among them were the Roman Catholic Church claiming the…

Living To Make Jesus Famous

What does it mean to be famous?  The definition is “to be known by many people, celebrated, prominent, renowned, honored and many more adjectives of praise.”There  are famous people for many reasons. Fame for their ability, achievements, and accomplishments. We often see those receiving the accolades and awards, pointing to the Sky in reference to…