As if the past two-month quarantine hasn’t been hard enough, the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have sent the country ablaze with cries for equality, reformation, and justice. Many people are speaking up and speaking out by writing articles, posting videos, protesting peacefully in the streets, and protesting with violence and destruction.
We feel angry, hurt, shocked, and heartbroken all at once. Everyone wants justice – not just for individuals who have committed crimes, but for a humanity that’s broken and doesn’t treat people with equal dignity. But that seems so very far away right now. So, what should we do?
I believe that the first step forward after injustice is always submission.
Did you know that one of the most frequently issued commands in all of the Bible is for us to sing to the Lord? Throughout both the Old and New Testaments there are some 300 instances of singing that are described or commanded. Singing is an essential practice of the Christian life and it is one of God’s most-issued commands to us in His Word.
While I generally regard myself as a teacher, I do get the chance to preach from time to time. I had the opportunity to deliver this sermon on Psalm 122 at Christ Chapel’s West Campus on 12/8/19 entitled, “Tune our Hearts”.
I am happy to announce that I’ll be leading an independent Biblical study trip to Israel in May of 2020. I have been leading trips to Israel since 2008 and believe that it is the best way for a modern reader of the Bible to understand how the culture, geography, and history of the Land influences our understanding of the Scriptures. It is an amazing experience and one that will not only help you learn, but will also encourage your faith to grow.
If you’re interested in joining us, you can get information, itinerary, and register here. If you’ve been wanting to visit Israel with your friends or your family, this is one of the more affordable and ‘hands-on’ way to go.
If you can’t make it this year, but would be interested in being notified of other Biblical study tours I lead, please fill out my contact form here. If you have questions, leave a comment below!
For most of us, our relationship with the church is fairly … complicated.
Most of the time we love it: Church is our place of worship, our place of remembrance, our place of fellowship. It is a source of support in time of need, encouragement when we are weary and direction when we have gone astray. It’s our family!
But, like any family, sometimes it gets tough: there’s conflict, there’s disappointment, there’s division and there’s sin. There are seasons when we are out of sync with one another and we just can’t seem to get on the same page.