Throughout the centuries, Easter Eve has been a day where the church invites people to to pray about the hurt in our lives and world. Will you join us for an Easter Eve Vigil? What: Easter Eve Vigil When: Saturday, April 15, 7:00 P.M. Where: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th Street, Carmel, IN. Childcare […]Read more "Easter Eve Vigil (Holy Saturday)"
Jesus came to do justice…but maybe not justice like we think of it. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he stood up and read these words from the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good news to the poor, […]Read more "40 Days of Change: the King’s Justice"
In college, I treated myself to a new hi-def television and sound system…by putting them on a credit card. It was great. The night I “bought” them I watched a movie at home on my on own home theater system. It was great until I got the credit card statement. Each time I saw that statement […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Heart Treasury"
It’s popular to be angry. If a person makes an angry post about their enemy (who also happens to be the enemy of many others) on Twitter or Facebook, the post will certainly get lots of likes and retweets. A good way to grow a public platform is to be display outrage against a common […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Acting Like God"
Popularity is a good drug. It doesn’t cost much. It’s not too hard to come by. And it feels really good. The only problem with popularity, or playing the approval game, is doesn’t last forever. It only lasts as long as your ability to maintain it. And maintaining it is very difficult, because, well, pleasing people is […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Deepening Roots"
Sometimes we’re made to realize we don’t have the control we thought we had… when what we expected just doesn’t happen. Such a loss of control can be traumatizing. It can also be wonderful. When we realize that we’ve lost the control we thought we had and embrace it, life can get good. God can get to […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Out of Control"
We don’t like change. We like what we know. This is difficult for followers of Jesus, because… Jesus calls us to change of heart and life. He says, “I didn’t come to call righteous people but sinners to change their hearts and lives” (Luke 5:32, CEB). Jesus calls us to big change, to change from the […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Garments & Wineskins"