People had all kinds of responses to Jesus, and this is why His piercing question, “Who do you say that I am?” is one that penetrates every human heart. We must ask this question anew in each generation and in each new day of our lives.
The story of God can be found in the stories of His people.
Recently, a large gay man in head-to-toe black leather gave me one of the best hugs I’ve ever received. It was a hug I had been postponing for several years. Because I am a very big coward. But Christ’s love is wide and it defies boundaries. It is risky and may even feel scary. But leaning into that scariness with love feels a lot better than crouching in fear.
If you’ve been at church the past few weeks, you may have noticed that we’ve been doing a little demolition of our west parking lot. What, you might have wondered, is going on? We’re glad you asked. The answer is … we’re building a field. But actually, think of it not so much as a field but as our outdoor “table.”
Recently, our family made a big move to be closer to Pulpit Rock, our coffee shop, and the places we are creating community. Leaving a large house of seven years where we had all four of our kids together and a neighborhood we had settled in was hard, but we felt that we needed to live more intentionally missional in last decades of our life.
When we met, we had both been married previously. We thought that because we had navigated marriage successfully before, we knew what we were doing and pretty much had it figured out. Boy, were we naïve!