We are well scripted in another time another place thinking. In elementary school, we’re cautioned about what lies ahead in middle school. In middle school, we’re told about what we won’t get away with in high school. In high school, we’re prepared for the rigor of college. In our careers, we work for promotions and raises. Such […]Read more "Living Conviction: Faithful Action"
We aren’t exactly sure who wrote the Letter of James. Whoever it was, it is written with a tone of assurance–which may have been the result of a dramatic shift in conviction about who Jesus is. So, the writer looked out onto the world from a different vantage point. The writer started looking out from the Risen Jesus. […]Read more "Living Conviction: Vantage"
Have you ever met someone whose mind was dramatically changed? They had firm convictions in one direction and then, in an instant or as a conclusion of a long sequence of decisions, they now had very different convictions. And because their change in worldview was so dramatic, their shift in living was dramatic. The tone of […]Read more "Living Conviction: the Living One Who Defines Living"
A man in “gleaming, bright clothing” said to the women who came to the tomb of Jesus, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised.Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, […]Read more "Back to Living"
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"