I still remember digging around in a treasure chest full of sand at the Browning Fair. I felt something like a rock and pulled it out – it was gold! Actually, it was a rock, spray-painted to look like gold. I traded it for a cheap plastic fire helmet which was probably the greater treasure to a little boy enamored with firefighters like his Dad and Granddaddy.
Our view of Jesus is usually positive, but also usually limited. We see Him as a good man, maybe even a great man, but perhaps not the Creator, Redeemer, and King that He is.
I just watched a video of police pepper spraying peaceful protestors at UC Davis, which led me to investigate further into why people are occupying Wall Street (and plenty of other streets too), which further led me to read some of the testimonies of people who are suffering in this present economic recession.
This week, I’m staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit – all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don’t deserve it.
Today, I’ll be preaching my final sermon to the wonderful people at Bethel Baptist Church. Tomorrow at 8:10 a.m., we’ll board a plane headed for Orange County, California. I’ve spent a long time thinking about my final words to my congregation.
Sometimes, we speak Christianese, and people outside the faith may have difficulty understanding it. Paul Washer uses a few tough phrases in this clip, such as “city of refuge” (a place where accused criminals could go for asylum in the Old Testament), but it’s overall an excellent way to explain and invite people to salvation…
Last night I had a pretty neat experience. A couple who have recently married and begun their new life together asked me to come and bless their home, something I’ve never been asked to do in almost 14 years of ministry. The short version – we talked about Jesus and prayed over their family’s future. The long version…