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That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
(2 Cor. 3:14)

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Message From the Pastor
November 2019

When I grew up in the church, we were encouraged to “witness” to Jesus and his love.   If we weren’t especially gifted at promotion, we were told that we could win others over to Jesus through our own example.   After all, “we might be the only Bibles our friends had ever read.”  The problem of course is that many who are attracted to Jesus do not see any compelling family resemblance between Jesus and those of us who profess to follow him.  
In their eyes, we fail to “keep it real.” Even worse, many of us seem to them to call
lies truth and truth lies.
We might keep it real by not over-polishing the apple of our faith by pretending to certainty in matters that we are simply not given us to know. We could acknowledge what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called the “perils of pious community.” “Pious community” subtly encourages us to conceal our brokenness from ourselves and others, and can therefore leave us trapped in our own lies and hypocrisy.  As Bonhoeffer reminds us, God wants us just as we are and wants to be gracious to us, without our masks, our lies and all the stories we make up about ourselves. 
But we need to go further.  We cannot let lies trump truth.  We need to declare that no human being, office, or political institution can stand in the place of our Living God made known to us in Jesus Christ.  If Jesus is Lord, then all human authority is subject to Jesus, even those powers and principalities that confuse domination with dominion, and claim the prerogative to save us or make us great.
Jesus warned that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).  He cautioned his disciples to be on alert for “pseudo-christs” who would carry his banner to advance their own agenda (Matthew 24, Mark 13). Jesus told us that leadership is about service, but some who carry his banner today say it is about power and wealth.  Jesus trusted that we are all made in the image of God, but some who carry his banner seek to efface that image in others. Jesus told us how we treat the “least of these” is a test of our faith, but some who carry his banner demonize them as being of no account. Jesus told us to love our neighbor, but some who carry his banner dismiss our neighbor as subhuman.  Jesus said, “Be not afraid,” but some who carry his banner today would have us be
very afraid.
It is a long cultural commute these days to the church, and one of the chief ways we can make that commute shorter is by the way of truth. The Way of Truth may seem to take us through dangerous neighborhoods, but it beats the Highway of Denial on which we have sometimes found ourselves stopped dead in traffic.  Telling the truth about what is going on in our lives and in our world may take courage, but we may find ourselves where we are today for just such a time as this (Esther 4:14).
If we are on the Way of Truth, we can have the assurance that we have nothing to fear because we’re headed in the direction of the One who alone is called Truth.   He’s the One we are after.  Even more, he’s the One who’s after us, the One who is hot on our tracks, the One who has come to lead us home.
So if you’re making your way along with us, help us to tell the truth of our own lives even as we help you tell the truth of yours.  Together let us tell the truth about what is happening all around us and in us. Together we can live out of our shared truth not only about who Jesus is, but also about who we are. If each of us can tell the truth and stay in the truth of our shared story, we’ll make a life together.  But none of us can do that alone.  We need each other; we need a community where truth is spoken
and lived.

See you in church, Pastor Fred

 

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2017

 
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