Our country is far from a united state, or so says my inbox, newsfeed and pastoral conversations. Jesus predicts, “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:24). Given entrenched disagreement, the safest route for any pastor is on the sidelines laying low until the torrent passes. Frankly, I prefer to keep silent, not speaking what I feel God’s Spirit is stirring in my heart about our nation. Is it strange that in a nation claiming to be “one nation under God” we prefer our pastors not preach about politics or never challenge our political brand? Yet, in times of noisy division and mean-spirited comments we need to lean in close, listening for our Lord’s still small voice, for the Lord brings hope, wisdom, clarity, judgement, transformation, justice, and peace. The Scripture offers eternal truth in unsettled days. Bonhoeffer, facing rising nationalism in Germany, wrote “There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared…peace is the opposite of security… Peace means giving oneself completely to God’s commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hands of Almighty God.” So with fear, I wade into the roaring waters hoping to gently unfold the Old Testament stories and Jesus’ Words so that we might find God’s healing, help, and direction. I will strive to avoid the partisanship, payback and pettiness that steals wisdom, fairness and insight from dialogue. Too often we justify our missteps by pointing out another’s fumbles- such a culture promotes stumbling. In truth, I must preach about our times, for God’s Word holds relevance over all other words! I covet your prayers as we worship, pray and listen for God’s words for our age. May God bless and unite us in service and love.
“The Lord is our Judge- The Lord is our King” Isaiah 33:22
February 5th – A brief history of God and Kings- from Pharaoh’s Palace to the Herod’s Temple Court. Exodus 3-15, Judges 9, 1 Samuel 8& 12, Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19
February 12th – Prophets, Poets, Protests and other righteous dissenters; aligning our allegiance with the Almighty. 2 Samuel 11&12, 1 Kings 22, Luke 11:47-54, Acts 4
February 19th – The governments that God loves- God’s guiding rules for every nation. Psalm 72, Proverbs 29, Isaiah 32-33 & 56, Matthew 20:20-28, Luke 10:25-37.
February 26th – “Jesus is Lord” and other radical sayings. Matthew 10