Our purpose today is to draw inspiration from Leviticus and imagine what Confession, Forgiveness and Reconciliation could look like. We read a representative part of chapter 4, but the full picture goes all the way to Lev6:7. These verses describe the Sin Offerings and Guilt Offerings. Let me start with a confession: I have always struggled with Prayer. For some of you, it comes easily; you have a strong ability to talk and listen to God. I envy you; it has never been easy for me. So I was … [Read more...]
Last week Andrew spoke to us about discipleship. He spoke to us about how the heart of discipleship is about ‘being with Jesus’, hanging on to Jesus’ every word, on learning what it means to live from Jesus and more challengingly being with the people that Jesus hung out with – the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden, the prostitutes, the sinners, the tax collectors, the lonely. He even went on to concretely challenge us to live out this calling to be with Jesus and those Jesus chooses to be … [Read more...]
What is Dead May Never Die?
“When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said her, ‘Do not weep’… And he said ‘Young man, I say to you rise!’” – Luke 7:12-13 Let’s talk about death. I know, I know it is not a subject that any of us are particularly comfortable with: whether it is memories of loved ones who have died, the horrific scenes of death plastered across our news screens every day or even the prospect of our own deaths – the subject of death is not one that most of us are comfortable talking … [Read more...]