When Sue and I were in seminary my wife took a theology class taught by Dr. Harold Niebelsick. Dr. Niebelsick had served as a chaplain in West Berlin shortly after World War II and had the enviable opportunity to meet many of the leading German theologians of the 20th century; Tillich, Barth, Bultmann and the like.
One day a new student asked Dr. Niebelsick if Islam, Jews, Buddhists and others worshiped the same God. Dr. Niebelsick slowly took off his glasses and leaned over his lectern before asking, “Please tell me, sir, just how many gods do you think there are?!”
May 14th, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day
Remember who you are, or more importantly Whose you are. Let not your heart be troubled. No matter what happens in life, walk in the Jesus Way and know what real Truth is. Experience real Life; life in God’s Eternal Love that will never ever let you go.
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter (8 am service)
Laying in the street the smashed bike wasn’t anything like it was supposed to be. It had turned from one thing into another. That is something like what happened within the community of Christ followers that Jude was writing the letter to.
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 – Second Sunday in Easter
Why was Thomas not with the others on that first night, was he not with the 12 because he was lost in the void of grief. I remember people who couldn’t stand to be in the sanctuary because it was too painful. They couldn’t shake the image of the casket of their loved one. Some who couldn’t stand to hear the pipe organ or a certain hymn because it was played or sung at a funeral. Grief if hard. It is hard to pick up your life and put one foot in front of another. In spite of his grief, Thomas returned to that upper room, to the fellowship. This is what it means to have life in Christ. It begins with a sense of Peace and ends with the charge that Jesus gave; “Just as the Father sent Me, so I send you into the world.” We are the body of Christ, doing the work of Christ, for the glory of God.
The Easter story is not finished, though. Easter does not end with Easter. We who call ourselves followers of Jesus are an Easter people. WE write the next “And Then” through the lives that we lead, the decisions that we make. We are Jesus’ And Then, you and I. We, those of us who take Jesus seriously and walk in His footsteps, we complete His story as we care for His flock; the sheep and the lambs, even the old goats and the cantankerous rams.
We, the Church of Jesus Christ, are the best hope of the world.