Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
A good friend recently forwarded this article to me about “Massive Changes” occurring in the Church. This is not necessarily new information. Countless articles, books, seminars and conferences offer ways to address these issues. One could quickly become overwhelmed by the myriad challenges. I may be crazy, but I see them more as opportunity than trial. Take a minute to read the article, then let me explain. 1. The Way People Earn is Changing. This could force us into more of
Michael Phelps was 15 when he swam in his first Olympics; over the course of four summer games he won 22 medals, including 18 gold, which makes him the most decorated Olympian in the history of EVER. He came out of retirement last year announcing plans to compete in Rio this summer; he’s said to be swimming better and faster now, at the age of 30, than he ever has before. Reporters love to talk about how, physically, Phelps seems cosmically suited to his sport. He swims with
“The Spirit doesn’t follow me, I concluded. I follow the Spirit.” This confession comes in the final chapter of Dr. A.J. Swoboda’s book, The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Our Faith. And there is plenty of wandering in this book. Swoboda doesn’t just write about wandering, he wanders as he writes: He reflects on topics including Sabbath, hospitality, gardening, the need for need, the subtle progression of sin, losing faith, entitlement, the relationship between blood sugar