Dear friends, what if we became the kind of community that our neighbors desperately long for? The kind of place where they wouldn’t need to be Wonder Woman and wouldn’t need confidence juice to enter into, but where it would be okay to be just them, even if just them isn’t okay at all. We can be that sort of a people collectively if we start to just do it individually.
I am more and more persuaded that truly engaged and fully present listening is a gift that Christians could give uniquely to the world, as we of all people aren’t constantly clambering to be heard. Listening is a sacred thing. I think it might be a spiritual discipline actually. Let’s be quick to listen to one another.
What we have realized though is that to arrive somewhere is simultaneously to leave somewhere else, and that in order to be immigrants to somewhere you also have to be emigrants from somewhere else. Our desire therefore hasn’t just been to be good arrivers in a new place, but also to be good leavers of our previous place.
We are finding our feet. We love our new home, we are enjoying our new city, and we are thriving in our new church, but that doesn't mean that we don't feel deeply for what we have left behind. You can be excited about where you are and sad about where you left all at the same time. We're human. We are complex like that.
It's a funny thing, place. It is true that you take yourself with you wherever you go, but it is also true that where you go isn't where you are from. Here isn't there, and here has been very good to us. I am sure there will be too.
The church is messed up. We don't need to get defensive about that. It is made up of messed up people, and it is led and shepherded by messed up people. But when she acts like she is supposed to act, there is nothing like it in the world.
In this message - which I preached at Midrand Bible Church - the text covers the brokenness of David's family and how the passivity of David only went on to exacerbate that problem. David wished that he could have died in his son's place. He had no idea that a son of David would die... Continue Reading →
Sermons can be a powerful device, but they can be quickly forgotten even if they were impactful on the day. We distribute small group notes for each message at BBC and that helps a lot, but people often ask me for my sermon outline. As a result, I will upload PDF's of my outlines whenever... Continue Reading →