Our concept of peace is basically the absence of trouble, whereas Shalom means everything which contributes to the wellness of people’s lives.
The proclamation of God’s kingdom is in the embodiment of the teachings of Jesus in everyday life.
This week we’re happy to share a sermon from Order of the Flame 2017 speaker Rev. Jeremy Steele at Christ UMC Mobile in Mobile, Alabama.
While we are getting our nails done, lawns manicured and to-go coffees poured, we are coming face to face with the world’s religious diversity.
Often we can catch glimpses of heaven through seemingly insignificant things.
Jesus challenged the notion that there was something wrong with parents of a child who was different than other children, and Jesus challenged the notion that there was something to be avoided about a person who was born with a physical limitation.
God’s strategy, his task for his church is to be such a beacon of light and love that others are drawn towards it like bugs to a bright light at night.
But without the empowering presence of God’s Holy Spirit, according to Wesley, all we have is a dead religiosity.
Could these, perhaps, be Christian visions of hope that dystopian films have picked up on, and if so, what could this mean about the good news that we are proclaiming and bearing witness to?
“There is a tension in God’s economy between the one and the many — a tension God himself seems able to hold together.”