The Summit Church
The stories Jesus commends about adults praying actually make them sound like children. Think about the parable of the friend who comes banging on your door at midnight and won’t leave you alone. Or the persistent widow, who keeps badgering the unjust judge until he grants her request (just to get her off his back). The heroes in these prayer stories are people who just come and talk and ask for whatever they need. Just like our kids.
If we aren’t bothered by ideas that consider other people sub-human, we haven’t yet understood the implications of the gospel. Allowing racism to run rampant isn’t a “social justice” issue; fundamentally, it’s a gospel issue. The church, God’s “Plan A” for rescuing the world, should stand as a place of refuge for people of every color. We are one race—the human race—united under one Savior—Jesus Christ—with one problem—sin—and united with one hope—the resurrection.
Many of you have sensed it already. Perhaps it was the pumpkin spice that snuck into your cornbread. Or the temperatures dipping below 90 degrees. Whatever tipped you off, there’s no deny that it’s that time of year: School is about to begin. In light of that, I wanted to pull a few helpful articles from the vault that deal with college, parenting, and family. Enjoy.
A few weeks ago, one of our leaders asked me to come speak to a group of worship interns, telling them “everything I thought pastors wanted worship leaders to know.” When I agreed to do it, I thought it would be a stretch to come up with three or four things. That was a bit naïve. By the time I was done, it grew to a list of 14!
Our call to demonstrate God’s love is why we put such an emphasis on proactively going to the outcast of our society, wherever they happen to be. We don’t just wait for them to wander through our doors, because the people who need a tangible expression of God’s love the most won’t—or can’t—come to us.
If your church is growing and God is at work, then being a paid staff member of that church is thrilling. You’re getting a steady paycheck to watch what God is doing in people’s lives. What could be better than that? And yet, it can also be draining. People are messy. Sure, you get to celebrate the highs, but you also have to dive down into the lows.