This week, Pastor Chris takes a look at the life and theology of Martin Luther. We look at formative passages and thoughts he articulated in the 16th century to help us understand how we can be the church in our world today.
As we look back two years following Hurricane Harvey, and look ahead to the ways we remain called to love and serve within the relationships that God has provided, Pastor Chris Seay shares some important updates on some of these stories. The invitation is for us all to consider how we are to continue engaging together as a community, blessing and resourcing our brothers and sisters both in Houston and around the world.
Pastor Chris Seay continues leading a conversation that will unfold through this season on the distinct nature and call of the Church. Considering the prayers of Jesus and the unique teachings of Jeremiah Burroughs, Chris suggests some of the ways we find unity and cooperation within our great diversity, that certain doctrinal differences need not divide us, and that our differences in fact enrich our family.
Pastor Sean Palmer tells the story of Thérèse of Lisieux, and the “little way” that guided her faith. He asks us to consider the unique and vital gifts that God has given each of us, and how they might be used in every seemingly small but impactful way as a blessing to the collective body of Christ.
Pastor Chris is back! Sharing insights gained from his recent sabbatical, Chris begins a conversation that will continue to form over the coming months around the identity of the Church. If the Body of Christ is truly to be God’s primary instrument of hope for the world, it will because we are not passive observers, but are actively rooted and bearing fruit as we seek instead to be the Church.
Our dear brother and friend Dr. Greg Garrett shares this week about how Jesus invites us to work towards reconciliation in our relationships. He shares specifically how prejudice and hate fracture our world, and how Jesus is actively making things whole and new and gives us the ministry of reconciliation.
Pastor Sean Palmer offers a convicting challenge, inviting us to wrestle with our relationship to the particular sin of avarice; the attachment to money and things which leaves us with a desire that is never satisfied. When we always want more, we are never content with enough, and hold all the more tightly to what we have in ways that isolate us from community and participation in God’s Kingdom.
Ericka Graham enters the parables of the lost in Luke 15, and invites us to consider the ways that God meets us in the midst of our longings and all that may feel less than whole. We are a people called to return home from our places of isolation, ever back into the kind of communion with one another that offers healing and belonging, and into God’s waiting and ever-present embrace.