Pastor Kevin begins a sermon series entitled, "Everyday Resurrection." He interviews Kavita Donini who talks about dealing with fear and then shares about how we can find freedom from a "What if?" kind of life.
And when Jesus rose from the dead, we are shown that even the most feared aspect of our human condition, death itself, cannot separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. There is nothing we can do or be on our own to reach up and make God love us. Instead God reaches down and surprises us with love!
Pastor Kevin wraps up this Lenten sermon series with this sermon from Palm/Passion Sunday. When God became human in Jesus Christ, he did not use fear to come in and conquer and rule us. He came to restore relationship with us. Healthy relationships are fueled by joy and never by fear.
Pastor Kevin talks about "not wanting to go there." We all have an image of self that we have constructed. Whatever doesn't validate that image tends to get hidden. The place where those parts of ourselves are hidden is called the shadow and we don't like to go there. Religion often tells us that holiness has to with being good when in fact it has to do with being whole. How does a cross, a snake on a stick, and an ancient tale about a snake help us "to go there" so we can find wholeness?
Where are you standing? Are you a cross builder, or cross bearer?
Pastor Kevin begins a new Lenten sermon series entitled, "Where Do You Stand?" In this first sermon, Kevin challenges a Christianity that seeks to be a wilderness avoidance system. Healthy spirituality has both "river" moments of spiritual highs, like Jesus' baptism, and times of "wilderness" struggles. It's in the wilderness when wisdom is developed. Kevin ended his sermon with a video tribute to the 17 students killed this past week at Parkland High School in Florida. You can see this tribute HERE.
What happens when we trade a childlike sense of wonder and enchantment for certainty?