Today when I came home to let Pete, my thirteen year old lab, out for an afternoon break, I admired the work of Brett my carpenter/contractor who was installing a few windows before the northwest winds blow in that chilly air of late fall. My shop class back in Falls City, Nebraska never taught me much and I suppose I did not want to learn much either about carpentry. My attempt at a cutting board eventually ended up on the cutting room floor, so to speak. I think my mother kept it for some time to ease my disappointment at my work. Brett is a craftsman – a real talent at making things look great. I wished for a few moments that I had that talent. Jesus did. I often wonder what he made. A house, a table, a cutting board for his mother?
His humanity seems a mystery to us after the centuries have passed into millennia. He was real – a man – just like us but sinless as we confess in our creeds and it seems from all the reports he was. My craft is a calling and my hammer and nails appear as fonts and paragraphs that try to convey the power of love and forgiveness that the carpenter from Nazareth told us about and then showed us every day of his life.
The Gospel of Mark, the earliest of the Gospels reports that people had a hard time understanding how this uneducated carpenter could teach the way he did – or heal – or turn a the religious world on its nose. “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas (different Judas) and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. Mark 6:3 He didn’t come as a king or conquerer – he made things. He spoke into existence the universe but humbled himself and came to love on us and show us a new way of non-violent way of living. The world still needs to know this carpenter turned Rabbi.
So I offer up my feeble cutting board and simple words and hope that you too can know that kind of love too.
What is the response to what happened in Las Vegas? Initially it was horror. Some will choose recrimination, blame, and then some kind of reaction. I would urge the reaction is to do good, show love, and work for peace. People of faith as well as unbelievers can be united on actions that enhance life and build a more peaceful society. We observe far too much anger and animosity every day on roadways, in school yards, and often the workplace. These are the building blocks of violence. Jesus reminded us, “But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:39. This is not a liberal or conservative issue. It is not for the secular of religious people – this is for all the human race.
Be Well and Do Good…
Jesus once told a parable about the Kingdom of God and concluded by saying, “That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’” Matt. 22:14 (MSG) Over thirty-five years ago a good friend of mine told me, “In the future the Church in the USA will be much smaller but will have more dedicated disciples of Jesus.” At the time the Mega-Church movement was just really booming and I questioned his sense of things. I now know he was right. There is a shrinking number of people dedicated to following Christ in the USA. The number is growing rapidly. A Pew Research Study indicated that “there are more religiously unaffiliated Americans (23 percent) than Catholics (21 percent) and mainline Protestants (15 percent).” Striking isn’t it?
What would you do to become a disciple of Jesus? I mean what would it take for you to really want to follow the path Jesus laid out for people? What is missing in the American Church today that needs to be there or what is there that is driving people away? Are we better off without Christianity – would a truly secular society be better? And if it would be better, where would we find common ground for ethics and standards? These are questions I have.
I would like to see more people among the laity willing to dedicate some real consequential quality time to becoming stronger disciples in the home, workplace, school, and their personal sphere of influence.
Time is a big issue – people are spread so thin – so this is another factor we face. Yet, we find the time for things we love to do. Help me out here. I am looking for your feedback and thoughts. Message me – reply – share your thoughts and…
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Swing shifts, shifting sands, the shift in the wind direction all come to mind with this word but there are shifts in life that can be as hard to navigate as gale force winds in a sailboat. Jesus spoke these words in John 3, “8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” The way we tack into the wind depends a lot on the lessons we’ve had sailing. Some of Jesus disciples were experienced sailors and some were not but all of them were overwhelmed when storms came up on the open sea. Once when Jesus was asleep in the boat and once when he cam walking on the water to them.
Being grounded in the Word is the key part of navigating the storms of life and shifting winds of change. Yet, we are quickly losing the knowledge base and experience of sailors who have really set sail into deep waters. People have come to think that when the time comes they can turn to the Lord and things will all fall into place. Trust me, it is better to be prepared. A gentle breeze is nothing but when the gales of November come early you want to know something about what God does and can do in your life. So one of the shifts to make is to get with others who are sailors in training. Learners navigating the waters of change. Truth merchants that want to trade in knowledge. Try the ship of worship this weekend
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Some of you clearly remember Harry Caray, Cubs announcer, who’s famous exclamation “Holy Cow” could light up the airwaves with excitement. Today I’d like to exclaim “Holy Cross” for the sacrificial and all encompassing work of Jesus of Nazareth the Christ who came to share God’s message of brotherhood, sisterhood, and love to all people. He did this through his death and resurrection offering to the world a way of peace. Although Christ followers have not always displayed the love and mercy of their Savior his love is nonetheless real and available to everyone on the face of the earth.
Historically, the feast has been associated with the dedication on Sept. 14, 335, of a complex of buildings built by the Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337) in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ’s tomb. This shrine included a large basilica and a circular church. Constantine’s mother, Helena (c. 255- c. 330), supervised the construction of the shrine, and a relic believed to be the cross was discovered during the work of excavation. Claims by the Church of Jerusalem to have the cross date from the mid-fourth century, and the pilgrim Egeria mentions a feast commemorating the discovery of the cross in Jerusalem in the late-fourth-century. This feast has also been associated with the exposition at Jerusalem of the cross by the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius (575-641). He recovered the relic from the Persians who took it from Jerusalem in 614 when they destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Holy Cross Day provides an opportunity for a joyous celebration of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the cross.
While people debate about statues and monuments let’s lift high the cross as a symbol of Christ’s love for all humanity and the cure for hate which can divide.
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There is a great book about resilience and facing adversity called “Option B.” In this Sheryl Sandberg (of Facebook) and Adam Grant (psychologist) explore how people face some of the most difficult challenges of life. Michelle Shumaker M.S.W., came to me awhile back and suggested we look at having a series of Grief Support gatherings this fall. So on September 17th at 5:00PM we will launch this group called “Grieving and Growing.” It’s limited enrollment but this is part of my plan B.
All my plans were tossed up in the air December 2015 and the pieces are still falling – still scattered – still picking up. However, I am in a better place today and want to share with others what the journey has been like. I think there is hope in sharing the pilgrimage of life with others. One step at a time there is healing. Perhaps a few others can discover ideas from the experiences that are shared. If you have been through it and ever felt alone, you know. I’ve been so thankful to have the support of some amazing people. Pray that this venture is successful.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
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Allison Krause sings a song that goes:
The things that I love
And hold dear to my heart
Are just borrowed
They’re not mine at all
Jesus only let me use them
To brighten my life
So remind me, remind me dear Lord
Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from and
Where I could have been
Just remember I’m a human and humans forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord.
It is so easy to look at where roads diverge and think, “What if I had gone down that road?” Little reminders come up once in awhile that refresh the spirit and are like notes of grace. David wrote about it too:
Remind me each morning of your constant love,
for I put my trust in you. Ps. 143:8
I want to feel that love today and remember how good You have been, O Lord. The day unfurls with all its motion and it’s easy to be swept up in this busy world but let me pause and be reminded.
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