Each Sunday, your child will learn the Bible and how it relates to Jesus in an age-appropriate way.
We live in a society that is divided, terribly divided, and the divisions seem to be multiplying. There are racial divides. A variety of leaders are calling for you and me to huddle up and side with our “own kind,” the only ones who can be trusted. There are socio-economic divisions with hostilities oozing from those that want to pit the poor against the rich and the rich against the poor. We’ve not learned that money, or the lack thereof, is no indicator of integrity, honesty, or generosity. Political parties have become more polarized than OSU and OU fans. Political policies have become America’s new church dogma. Instead of the titles of “Republican” and “Democrat,” their zealots prefer “saints and sinners,” depending on whose side you are on. There are gender and sexual orientation battles being waged by the LGBTQA community and women who march and fight against the oppressive perils of a patriarchal society. And in the Church, among the followers of Jesus, there are religious divides as wide as the Grand Canyon as conservatives, evangelicals, and progressives lob theological molotov cocktails over the pews at one another. The list of divisions in our society keeps growing and new dividing lines seem to be added each and every day. Read more
As the people of our nation become less and less familiar with the Bible we are seeing more and more instances of a total misrepresentation of the Christian faith, God, Jesus, and the Bible. We’ve come to the place today where many Americans view Christianity as the product of white Republicans. Because we’ve lost an understanding of history, specifically the history of God’s dealings with His people going back to Abraham, we have many people of color believing that Jesus is the white man’s Messiah. You can hear this message today and you will hear it more and more as we continue to witness the fragmentation of our culture and society. Read more
It’s hard to believe, but today we will finish our study of the Gospel of John. Our very first study, the introduction to the Gospel of John, was on Sunday, March 10, 2013. That’s just crazy isn’t it?! It has taken us almost 4.5 years to get through our study, but I have to tell you that I’ve never learned more or been more amazed, and in awe, of Jesus. I’ve never been more convinced that Jesus is who He claimed to be, that His saving grace is for all who will trust in Him, and that He calls us to follow Him with absolute commitment into a broken world to share His story of reconciliation and saving power. I sincerely hope that you have learned, grown in your walk with the Lord, and had your faith deepened as we’ve studied God’s Word together. Read more
As I was spending time this past week with our Scripture for this morning, the Lord brought an experience to mind. It was truly a pivotal experience in my life that happened about 35 years ago. Connie and I loaded up the U-Haul and our first baby and headed to Ft. Worth, Texas to go to seminary at Brite Divinity School on the campus of Texas Christian University. It didn’t take too long for me to figure out I was a stranger in a strange land. My classmates seemed so at home talking about Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich, Rudolf Bultmann, Augustine, and others while I was much more at home talking about Vince Lombardi, Walter Payton, Barry Switzer and the Sooners, and Tom Landry and the Cowboys. I should have seen the handwriting on the wall, but I was young and naive. Read more
There’s a change that has been underway for some time among some who identify as followers of Jesus. The change emanates from a discussion about what is most important about Jesus and for us who follow Him. Are the teachings of Jesus what is most important to us or is the death and resurrection of Jesus most vital? The discussion is not new, it has been going on for a long time, but it does seem to be building steam the more unfamiliar we become with God’s Word. Read more
I’ve met a new friend this week. I’d never heard of Helen Roseveare until Tuesday morning, but I’ve spent so much time reading about her life this week that I can now call her my friend. Helen went home to be with the Lord on December 7, 2016, but she squeezed every ounce of living out of her 91 years. Helen was born on September 21, 1925 in England. When she was a little girl her Sunday school teacher taught her class about missionaries in India one Sunday and Helen resolved that she would one day be a missionary. Read more