A lot of people asked for a transcript. So – without all the interesting deviations I took – I’ll paste in my notes
Jesus is God’s invitation. When we chose to follow we must ask for the courage to be faithful. Because it is not an easy road but a challenging and often treacherous climb.
even though it is patently false the prosperity message gains traction because it builds on the groundwork laid by the way “the path to happiness” has been sold to Americans, 24-7, from the moment we were born.
I don’t think there was a person in attendance who didn’t laugh, who didn’t cry, and who didn’t reach for something more in their relationship with God.
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know and who you don’t know, put your listening ears on, make room in your heart for people you may never understand, and thank God from the depths of who you are that you don’t have to be right all the time – DEREK
If your solution is to tightly regulate every move we make and every breath we take, then I’ll take my chances with the guns. But don’t you dare insist on your “right to”anything without first dealing with your responsibility to follow God’s law.
I love the gentle rhythms of life here in North Carolina, where even the most challenging circumstances play out against a backdrop of winter, spring, summer, and fall. Cycles of life, regeneration, promise, and beauty.
So we send these amazing young people out into the world, and we want them to be grounded in their faith. “Be careful how you live!” The writer of Ephesians cautions as the training wheels come off and they zoom off to college and life.
Our own rightness is an extension of God’s goodness. We do not act independent of God, but we act – when we are at our best – in partnership.
Christian faith is this wonderful dance between ancient truth and modern expression. Jesus is the ancient of days and also new every morning.