Here's the thing about the gospel - it is not exclusionary. Jesus simply wants you to come home.
Being church in the wake of Sutherland Springs: are we on the defensive, or still God’s open invitation?
So who are we? Are we an invitation... or a barrier... or a lighthouse... or a gatekeeper... or a discouragement... or an ambassador...?
God's arms open wide; the Creator's generous heart receptive to everyone who walks through the doors; the faith community speaking God's "Yes" with a distinct clarity into a world where affirmation is sometimes scarce; the invitation of Jesus in all its simplicity and power: come, everyone who is carrying any kind of a burden.
If you have more than enough food and there are people starving, then you invite them in to eat; it's a no-brainer. There are people starving for meaning, and purpose, and joy - a restored relationship with God - and we have the words of eternal life...
Life with Jesus is full and rich in a way that is not possible for me outside of the incalculable beauty of the community of God's children. I honestly don't think any one of us is complete without him.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” – Revelation 3:20 Today’s iconic Advent image is that of “home.” Okay, let’s play a “free association game.” I say, “home” and then you write…