The "Why do bad things happen to good people" question isn't new to us - it's found it's way into all of the ancient Wisdom literature, and is an important part of how we frame our world. While the teacher astutely asks the question, we might find that the answer is something completely unexpected.
9 years in, and we're still going! This morning, we invited folks to share their experiences with the church, to remind us how God has been working through this local congregation to impact the lives and community around us!
In the spring, we began a partnership with Elemental Churches, a church consulting group who works with churches to see where they can get better at being the kind of church they're called to be. As our leadership team begins working through the recommendations, we thought it was important to share with our whole congregation and get feedback from them!
In our final look at how disciples should posture themselves, Monte talks about worship, about how our body can connect with the music and our brains and our hearts and how being in the right position and frame of mind can put us in the right place to really put our attention and focus on God.
Every pastor you know hates the tithing sermon. And if they don't, you probably are tired of that pastor. Money has come to represent a part of our lives we rarely talk about, we absolutely don't talk about it with each other, and as a result, we probably don't talk about it with Jesus either.
But what if it wasn't? What if we saw money -and all that it represents - as belonging to God, as part of what God is unfolding in history? Would that change? How would our discipleship change if we were more comfortable giving even our finances to God?