An Ordinary Kind of Holy

“See the holy in the ordinary,” encourages author and theologian Diana Butler Bass. As we conclude our “Created to Be” series this weekend, we’re called to remember the ways in which we seek to follow Jesus’ lead. We need Jesus, just as the world needs us. We are created to be disciples, ones who follow and encourage others onto the same path.

Created to be Disruptive

Today’s author is Prince of Peace member and youth, Enna Wold. To me, being disruptive means using your voice to bring justice. When Jesus overturned the tables in the temple, he did it to restore the integrity and purpose of the House of God. In my life,...

Faithful Disruptors

Yesterday, as we explored how we’re “Created to Be Disruptive,” we were reminded of the profound impact that faithful disruption can have on society. One powerful historical example is the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, particularly the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other faith leaders. Rooted in their Christian faith, they challenged the oppressive systems of racial segregation and injustice.

Turning Over Tables

This weekend, our series continues with the theme “Created to Be Disruptive.” On Sunday we’ll reflect on the powerful moment when Jesus entered the temple and disrupted the status quo. In Matthew 21:12-17, Jesus overturns the tables of the money changers and drives out those who were exploiting the sacred space for profit. His actions were a bold statement against the injustices and corrupt practices that had taken root in the very heart of religious life.

Created to be Free

I decided to connect the topic Free to a couple of scriptures. Starting with the scripture Romans 12:2 (Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.) which shows that not following the pattern of the world means breaking away from social norms and ideals to shape who you want to be, not what the world wants you to be.

Freedom For (not just From)

I promise you, it’s a coincidence that just after our country celebrated it independence, our church happened to take on the theme “Created to Be Free.” Who would have thought that the concept of “freedom” would come to carry the amount of cultural and political baggage as it does today? But, as God’s faithful, it would truly be a shame if we confused, let alone ceded, the very definition of living free in God’s world.