Riches Have No Meaning

I’ve been reading through Shane Claiborne‘s book “The Irresistible Revolution”. Nearly every page has something that challenges and hurts to read, in a good way. This was from my reading today:

“So I did a little survey, probing Christians about their (mis)conceptions of Jesus. It was fun just to see how many people think Jesus loved homosexuals or ate kosher. But I learned a striking thing from the survey. I asked participants who claimed to be ‘strong followers of Jesus’ whether Jesus spent time with the poor. Nearly 80 percent said yes. Later in the survey, I sneaked in another question. I asked this same group of strong followers whether they spent time with the poor, and less than 2 percent said they did. I learned a powerful lesson: We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor. … I truly believe that when the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning. And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end.”

shane

Students: They’re Not The Future Of The Church

this past sunday was such a fun day at lakeshore as it affirmed a truth i have been driving at for a long time now. i truly believe to my toes that students are not the future of the church. it drives me crazy when people say things like that.  they are the church of today and they add more to a church’s worship experience than most think.
here’s a picture of jessi painting live on stage in the main services this past sunday.  i was preaching on how we need to depend on God in prayer, rather than relying on ourselves.  she started the painting with a rock climber hanging onto a frayed rope… and as the sermon went along that rope morphed into a giant hand reaching out to her from above.  for many, i know the point was driven home not by the words spoken but by the image created.

jessi painting

jessi is a senior in our student ministry and is planning to pursue a career in art / design.  i am so excited for the work with her name on it that God has placed in front of her!

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God My Rock

some people very close to me are journeying through some very difficult times right now.

many times it’s in the darkest moments when God raises up the artist to speak in space when words don’t come.

our church just started singing this song by brenton brown. I love the videography here and how it shows that while the waves don’t always go away, our trust in Him can remain steadfast.