NEXT STEP, ONE YEAR LATER

Because our youth currently are not meeting in person, Greg King, our church’s youth leader, has initiated a really great ministry with our youth using a platform called “Slack.”  What he’s doing is taking a topic – say, “salvation” – and having a 10-15 minute videoed conversation about the topic with another person in our church.  The video gets posted, the youth and parents watch it at their convenience, and then make comments, have discussion, etc.  This is a big change from what we’re used to, but nevertheless, we’re learning, and interacting, in ways that are faithful and life giving.

 

In one of the videos that Greg led, a scripture was brought up that I love: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)  It’s a comfort to know that in this ever-changing world, Jesus – who He is, and what He has done, is doing, and will do – remains the same.  He is the one element of life, in fact, that we can count on.

What Should Our Position Be?

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

We are now in the first full week of a new federal administration in our nation. We prayed on Sunday, January 17 for a peaceful transition – before, during, and after the inauguration of President Biden. I’m guessing that was a prayer lifted up by many, many people, and we can thank God, like we did this past Sunday, for answering it!

The election and the inauguration have been quite a stressful time for Americans. As things finally have come to a resolution, some of us are pleased with the outcome, while others of us are disappointed. As Christians, who are citizens of our nation and citizens of the kingdom of God, what should our position be?

The Truthfulness of the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

There is a growing movement in our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), toward what is often called “progressive Christianity.”  Among other things, progressive Christians believe “… that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience ‘God,’ the Sacredness, Oneness and Unity of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom, including Earth, in our spiritual journey.” (https://progressivechristianity.org).

 

And so over the past year, in various conversations with leaders and members of our regional church (the Christian Church in Arizona), I have raised the question of who we say Jesus is.  On more than one occasion, I have especially brought up the issue and importance of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.  I did so at first circumstantially – I was responding in a stumbling way to an unexpected comment from a colleague; and later, more intentionally, as I’m doing in this piece.