A snowy Sunday…

By |2017-12-10T20:17:06+00:00December 10th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, preaching, theology|

Today #snowstoppedplay and it was a little bit gutting to have weather affect our last full Sunday at Emmanuel. Some great preaching ideas were on the slate, and lots of you asked,...so here's my full notes and slides. The Apostle Paul's awesome finish and motivation for Timothy was what I sought to work with this morning - life and death, meaning and calling, faith and reward impacted me in a whole new way. Here's my my preaching notes, and my slides for this. Tonight I'd have been sharing the preaching with Kathryn from Philippians 3, Paul's searing focus on one thing, and [...]

the God we hardly knew

By |2012-12-02T22:46:51+00:00December 2nd, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

is, a great poem by the late Oscar Romero with artwork from Nadia Bolz-Weber. No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need even of God- for them there will be no Christmas. Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God. Emmanuel. God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God.