Whether we point to the precipitous decline in membership in the mainline churches, to the deep and abiding division over our talk about God and our understanding the context of Christian faith, or to the more general sense of a coarsening society sinking under the waves of confusion, relativism and discord, it is not inappropriate to consider that there is a daunting missionary task ahead.
Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thess. 1:1-10; Matt 22:15-22 Early in our marriage, Kay and I visited a prominent, well-known historical congregation, of which we were not members. We made it a point to arrive early. We found a parking space and made our way to the front entrance of the sanctuary where an usher […]
Because we are so susceptible to idolatry, we need people like Moses who will intercede before God on our behalf while holding us accountable and prodding us to get back on track. We need people like Moses because what we think, believe, say, and do matter, and they matter to God.
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Phil. 3:4b-14; Matt. 21:33-46 This time last week, we did not know the name of Stephen Paddock. Sunday night, Paddock fired an automatic weapon into a crowd of 22,000 people who were enjoying a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 59 and injuring 527 before turning the gun […]