Real Questions...Meaningful Answers
Sunday January 8th
"all great changes are proceeded by chaos"
Sunday January 29th
"war...what is it good for"
""Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Sunday February 5th
"the wolf of wall street"
"money is the oxygen and I want to brethe more then any man alive"
Sunday February 12th
"i'm not a racist...but"
"i can not and i will not judge by what my eyes see. for the skin on a man shall not reveal his true identity"
Sunday February 19th
"a stone of hope"
"out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope"
Over the past 20 years our culture has undergone a dramatic shift. The speed at which our world now evolves and the complexities of our new reality have become overwhelming, the more have (knowledge, resources, and technology) the more complicated and challenging life becomes. As we seek to adapt, grow, and thrive these challenges seem to be getting the best of us as a people and it seems that anger, frustration, stress, and exhaustion are becoming the dominant themes of our daily lives.
Within this cultural shift the church too has been overwhelmed and seemingly has lost its way. While some in the church have tried to engage with these challenging times others simply cling hard to tradition longing for a return to the “good old days.” The church has become fractured and is becoming an increasingly irrelevant institution relegated to just another voice shouting amongst a vast crowd of discontentment. Division, anger, and judgment have replaced faith, hope, and love leaving so many of us at a crossroads filled with confusion, emptiness, and frustration.
HUMANITY IS IN NEED OF ANSWERS!!
Real answers, honest answers, meaningful answers.
The issues we face are complex, nuanced, and emotional. Bigotry, terrorism, the refugee crisis, poverty, war, greed, slavery, murder, injustice, (the list could go on) need much more then simple sound bites… cookie cutter sermons… well produced church services…and church activities. Simplistic answers and bumper sticker theology just aren’t enough. But we believe there is great hope, amazing grace, and life altering love in the midst of all this current turmoil. As we courageously engage our world, let go of our pharisaical judgments and condemning tones, as we acknowledge our shortcomings of the past & present, we have the opportunity to actually become the salt and light that our world desperately needs. As we listen with sincerity and speak with clarity we can find a strength, love, truth, and hope that we never dreamt possible.