Must Read Monday 4-29-2019
Just one week ago we celebrated Easter. Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter yesterday. Meanwhile, Jews concluded the celebration of Passover on Saturday and Muslim begin the month-long observance of Ramadan on May 5. Spiritual conversations are in the air – how can we capitalize that in our conversations today?
How do you take what the world gives to get God back into the conversations of your day?
Here a few ideas:
We all watched in horror as a fiery crash on Interstate 70 outside of Denver, Colorado took the lives of several people. But into that crash there was an unlikely first responder. A man identified as a good Samaritan dropped his sign and ran toward the burning cars to free everyone he could reach. That language comes from Luke 10 and is now applied to any charitable person who rescues or helps a stranger. Can you redeem the language? Can you say, “Do you know where that Good Samaritan idea comes from?” I bet you can!
Last night CNN began airing a new season of United Shades of America. This is not an endorsement of the program but a recognition that it is important for Christians to know how the world sees, evaluates and experiences Christianity in the American culture today. The host of the show – who grew up attending his grandmother’s church – openly mocks white evangelical Christians but he also visits three megachurches in Dallas to discover what’s going on therein. Its worth watching because it provides fodder for conversation.
One provocative paragraph:
Even though people overall are going to church less and less, more and more megachurches are opening up. This leads to churches competing for audiences. And unfortunately, that competition isn’t usually centered on how well you preach the message of Jesus. Often the competition is centered on how big and new your church is or how expensively dressed you are. There is even an entire Instagram account called Preachers in Sneakers that highlights ministers wearing high-end and/or exclusive footwear. And I’m guessing that the answer to the question, “What would Jesus wear?” would be that Jesus would wear Keens… or maybe Tom’s.
Look around…He’s bringing newness to life –
oh! and He sent you flowers!
Did you get them?
Did you thank Him?
God is moving, available, active, working out His purposes and READY to bless – not in a gumball machine kind of way, but because He is a good good Father. “Every day, God interrupts our lives with blessings that we don’t even notice. Think about your own life. Remember that time someone came through for you just at the moment you needed it? What are some of those little coincidences that happened to you and seemed like such a pleasant surprise?”
In others news…..United Methodist Church court upholds the traditional plan – approved by the denomination in February – that affirms biblical sexuality. The big question now: will liberal members and majority liberal churches now exit the denomination gracefully without creating schism? Read Christianity Today article by Jeremy Steele:
United Methodist Court Keeps Core of New LGBT Legislation
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