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The Novelist Francis Spufford in his compelling book on faith Unapologetic, tells the story of when after a whole night of fighting and crying and fighting some more with his wife, he wearily wandered into a cafe to try and do some writing. Despairing that their marriage would survive such a night, the stains of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, the middle movement, the adagio come on over the sound system. As this background music seeped into the forefront of his mind, he felt it, he said, like news “it said everything you fear is true. And yet. And yet. Everything you’ve done wrong, you have really done wrong. And yet. And yet…”
And yet.

When I first picked up his book a few years back and read these lines, I broke down in tears, sobs really. I felt the love and mystery and mercy of God in such a fresh way. I felt I was being given permission to feel, to really feel the love of mercy and mystery of God without having to understand it logically, without having to defend it with doctrine or categorize it theologically. I believed it because I felt it.

As a person who was constantly taught not to trust my emotions, this was both freeing and terrifying. As we study the book of Hebrews I’m going to suggest that the main “argument” of the book is an emotional one. Let’s dig in this week and see if you think I’ve gone off the deep end or not.

Grace and peace y’all,

John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea

Jesus is better and offers us a better way of living. This might not make logical or rational sense, but it can make emotional sense.

Take Away

Our faith is formed by a variety of experiences and angles. Each of us will put more weight on one thing or another, but all of us must engage in it emotionally.


Hebrews 1:4-14 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace Church we practice inviting others to belong with us as a response to the welcoming invitation we have received from God. This practice, along with others, helps form us into who we are becoming. All this is formed and informed by what we confess to believe.

What’s Next?

More hebrews!

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