The institution of the church—the committees and the budgets and the orders of worship and the ways-that-we-have-done-things-for-as-long-as-we-can-remember—is not the kingdom.
For anyone who is not familiar with the geography of Philadelphia, that is a thirty mile run that crosses the city several times. Y’know… your average everyday fifty-k training run.
In the hour of the wedding and the season of the honeymoon, those are easy promises to keep. Love is easy when everyone is healthy and there’s plenty to share and people are surrounded by joy. But…
He could have left Nathanael and gone his own way. But, instead, he does the hard thing: Philip tells him, with all of the confidence that fifteen seconds of courage can give, “Come and see.”
Curious George did not have a tail. The Monopoly Man does not have a monocle. There’s no hyphen in KitKat. And there is no innkeeper in this story.
In all of your wondrous brokenness, you are loved and worthy of love; and God loves you exactly the way that you are. And God loves you too much to leave you that way.
Some congregations are congregations for the people who are into comic books and roleplaying games (or who want to try those things out). Other congregations are congregations for the people who like football and raging parties (or who want to try those things out). And that’s okay.
I don’t remember the last time I told a stranger that Micropachycephalosaurus has the longest name of any dinosaur.
Prophesy. Tell them the word of the Lord. Tell them that the Lord says to get up; to stand up; to grow muscle and sinew, organs and flesh; to breathe breath.
Advent is about more than one thing. It is a season that exists in the past, and in the present, and in the future. It is a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff.