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?
Today were were visited by Don Rogers, CEO, of Empowering Lives International. He shared an exciting life changing initiative in Kenya.
Pastor Kevin makes the case that there is a big difference between being a fan and a follower of Jesus. Jesus never asked people to worship Him. He asked people to follow Him. Are you just a fan or are you a follwer?
Pastor Kevin talks about Jesus being on the move. The local church often forgets that it is The Body of Christ and that bodies move. Jesus always moved to the need. As Christ's body, we too can expect to be moving to the need. Kevin highlights former MCF associate pastor, and current senior pastor at Rose City Church in Pasadena, Dan Davidson, as an example of what it looks like when the local church gets moving. The best argument for Jesus, is Jesus himself. When Jesus, through The Body of Christ, is moving and meeting needs, we can easily say to others, "Come and see!" Here is a LINK to the NBC Channel 4 feature on Dan Davidson and Rose Bud Cafe which Pastor Kevin references in the sermon.
Pastor Kevin kicks off an new sermon series entitled, "In Order". A new year often begins with people thinking about change and new starts. But what must happen in order for change to take place? We must change. Change always starts with a new perspective. Note: Here is a link to the video that Kevin showed during the sermon. The clip he showed begins at :30 seconds in and ends at the 10:28 mark. It is THE GOSPEL IN CHAIRS by pastor Brian Zahnd.
Pastor's Al Johnson and Ruben Luna have an informal conversation discussing the Gospel and New Testament passages. The recording starts a bit late as Ruben's mic was off at the beginning, but it picks up with Al answering Ruben's question about whether he had ever received a Christmas gift that he thought he wasn't going to like, but it ended up being a great gift.