Sunday Follow up: The Wilderness

On Sunday we talked about the wilderness as a place that no one wants to go to. We followed the Israelites in Exodus 16 and Jesus in Mark 1 and thought about the ways in which God sustains us and shows himself in the times of our suffering.

If you listened to the sermon, available on our church’s website (launch the media player) you may want to use Seeing God’s Glory in the Wilderness to reflect upon your own wilderness experiences with God.

We need not be afraid of the wilderness because God is present there:

Kara shared her journey faithfully to the end. May she inspire you to “be not afraid” of even dying in the wilderness.

And if you really want to practice the discipline of finding God in the wilderness, check out Leaving Egypt by Chuck DeGroat.

Sunday Follow up: Kids and the More ‘Adult’ Parts of Scripture

On Sunday, guest preacher and church member Peter Sinclair shared a personal example of a rather common occurrence: parents’ desire and tendency to shield their kids from the violent/mature stories in Scripture. It caused a little bit of discussion after, and even during, the service…

On the blog, we’ve linked to a couple of different pieces on reading the Bible with children. You may remember this one on reading the ‘Sad Psalms’ (Laments) with your kids.

We’ve also made you aware of children’s story book Bibles, such as the one talked about in “Kiddos and the Bible”— a reflection that makes some good points about the drawbacks about simplifying and cleaning up biblical stories too much.

But what do you think about these sorts of stories for Sunday morning worship? “Kiddos and the Bible” led to further reflection by preaching professor Scott: “More on Those R-Rated Texts.” He shares what might be the good news to be found in those mature storylines and why they might be ‘just right’ for Sunday morning.

Sunday follow up

On Sunday, we thought about the immense ability of God to understand everything about us and our situations– including our suffering; we spent time with Psalm 139 in particular, and took hope from Romans 8. Due to technical difficulties, there is no recording of the message.

For us, our reflection on the Scriptures raised questions about an awful modern event: the martyrdom of 21 Christian brothers in Libya by ISIS militants.

As we continue to reflect on such things, here are two pieces from the same blog, The Twelve to get you thinking: “The Pastor’s Quandary” about praying and teaching about enemies, forgiveness, and justice. And “Outrage over ISIS: Five Appropriate Christian Responses.”