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)"
Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, tells a story about time when he had to tell someone he cared about, and someone who had cared a lot about him, that he had decided to quit high school and go out west. He went to this person’s house to tell him the bad news. Bob then got […]Read more "Standing in Grace 4: Going With Us"
If you get on social media platform for even a short period of time these days, you will see different prescriptions for what we need to be doing to fix our problems and why each prescription is the right one (and others are wrong). Along these lines, the Apostle Paul faced a question from early Christian communities (and opponents) […]Read more "Standing in Grace: Why Be Good"
Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we find ourselves standing in grace. There is nowhere we can walk in our lives where we are not on the ground of God’s undeserved kindness and warm acceptance of us. We cannot earn it. We can only believe in Jesus and wake up to what […]Read more "Standing in Grace: Infused Into Us"
What do you think the root cause to our missing the mark is? Our nature as humans? Evil? Something else? In Slavery to Death, Richard Beck contends that it’s something else: fear of death. Do you buy that? It’s something to think about when we consider the earliest Christians. For instance, in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, […]Read more "IMMORTAL 3: DEATH & VICTORY"
Give thanks in every situation…what a pie-in-the-sky thing to say. And yet Paul said this is God’s will for us in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul practiced what he preached, too. He practiced. Paul practiced giving thanks when he was in jail. He practiced it when people betrayed him. He practiced it in all situations. And practicing […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 2: In Every Situation"
Living in the world can sometimes feel like a masquerade ball. We all can’t help but to wear our masks. We project a reality to people around us that doesn’t represent the truth. On the other hand, when we meet someone we sense is living unmasked, it leaves a lasting impression. The letter to the Colossians reflects a […]Read more "X-MEN: Unmasked"
We are people of flesh, of senses–sight, smell, sound, taste, touch. Our senses are a gift. In many ways, they–in connection with our cognition–is what makes us us. And yet we are so much more. When we stand in front of the ocean. When we witness the birth of a child. When we stand underneath the Northern […]Read more "The Difference 4: Sense AND Spirit"
In their song, “Believe”, Mumford & Sons haunt us with these words: I don’t even know if I believe I don’t even know if I believe I don’t even know if I wanna believe… Having belief is hardest when it comes to Jesus’ Resurrection. On the one hand, it’s an otherworldly order of transformation that […]Read more "The Road Less Traveled: Resurrection"
A lot of folks use the word “blessed” in a lot of different situations to mean a lot of different things. In fact, if you just take a trip over to Twitter and search #blessed, you’ll see some of the ways we consider ourselves “blessed.” But what if Jesus were using Twitter? What would be […]Read more "The Road Less Traveled 2"