November is where it's at. At least for us at Christ Church. Heading into only our 8th month of life together, we're excited for a series of events this November...
Looking at the life of Jesus, you see him always associating with the bruised, the broken, the left out, the troubling, the riff-raff, the wrong folks altogether. In the Scriptures these folks are typically described as "sinners." And it is true - they were sinners (just like the rest of us!). The reality, however, is that people of faith are too often known for pointing the finger and putting fences around the holy things of God instead of breaking down barriers that exclude people.
Jesus was always about inclusion. And it always seemed to get under the skin of the "religious" leaders.
We have massive inequalities in our world. We have massive challenges in our nation, and our city. Where is the church when it comes to hunger? To hospitality? To those in prison?
Today we have many opportunities to serve the king, or if you will, to serve Jesus. Let's not ask dumb question but live out our faith in dumb trust. Let's get to it.
We kicked off our Parable series in Mesa with conversation around the Parable of the Sower, Jesus first teaching in parables.
Jesus taught in parables not so much that we would understand, but that we would know.
A knowing that was deep in the gut, a knowing that caused anyone who was listening to pause and ideally re-orient and re-act differently.