Arts of Gospel Neighboring (Mark 10:32-52)

MOTIVATE Interview questions help get to know about person/job. Employers like to throw in a few odd questions to test the person’s thinking process. How many tennis balls could fit in your car? Why are manhole covers round and not square? How would you spend one million dollars? You’ve been given an elephant you cannot…

Arts of Gospel Neighboring (Matthew 9:18-38)

MOTIVATE Some things are just made to go together. February and Snow Water and Boats Wind and Kites Spring and Baseball Fun and Disney World / Mickey & Minnie Peanut Butter and Chocolate (you knew it was coming!) I’m sure you can think of multiple other things that are perfect pairs and matches. Jesus taught…

Dark Mourning Deep Mercy (Lamentations 4-5)

MOTIVATE Culturally speaking, Christians are called to be exiles and not tourists or immigrants. Here is the difference: Tourists are non-residents in a foreign country. Generally, they only engage culture that is familiar to them and they usually stand out as odd. Likewise, too often Christians stand out as odd because they isolate themselves against…

A January 20th Prayer

Today, we pray for shalom, peace from head to toe. Amid divisions, we are grateful to live in a nation with peaceful transitions of power. We pray for our leaders to have the humility to serve the entire nation, the wisdom to build structures and systems for righteousness, justice, life, and most of all, to…