Making Our Lives Good News

Used with permission: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/christmas-joy-1251264

Used with permission: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/christmas-joy-1251264

Marissa and I tend to find ourselves in these situations where we begin honest conversations with complete strangers. I’m sure a number of you can relate.

Sometimes it’s gong out to dinner and beginning a conversation with our waiter, or chatting with somebody in line at Starbucks. Or, like what happened last weekend, we end up talking for thirty minutes with someone who came by our garage sale. He didn’t buy anything, but we talked about Jesus for a while, so it was cool.

These conversations begin naturally and simply and I’m often blown away by the tiny bits of grace and truth woven in. It’s like adding a little salt to the mix. It’s nothing big, but I’m convinced it makes a difference. I’m also convinced that the best way to share your faith is by simply letting your life be good news.

Continue reading…

Awkward Moments and Honest Talk: A Pastor’s Worst Nightmare

 

faust-1097266_1280

There’s a fairly awkward moment that happens quite frequently to me, as if the universe has decided to make me uncomfortable as often as possible. Typically, this encounter takes place when I’m meeting new people be it at a party, a concert, or just standing in line. I strike up a conversation with someone and we begin to share about life. Sometimes it seems like we’re becoming friends. Naturally, we’re making one another laugh and finding points of interest to converse on.

But then it happens. Inevitably, it’s the same thing every time.

Continue reading…

A Luke 14 Party

 country inn

 In Luke’s gospel, Jesus does a lot of partying. He’s described as someone who is constantly eating and hanging with people that normally someone of his pedigree would avoid. He eats with the rich, the poor, and sinners of all kind. Some of his more infamous dinner guests are tax collectors and prostitutes. To eat with someone in antiquity was to declare social solidarity, which was a statement if someone was ever going to make a statement. It was to take a step outside of the social norm and embrace people whom you’d normally ignore and definitely not fellowship with. But this wasn’t the case with Jesus, someone who lived his life as a beautiful contrast to the way of the world.

Continue reading…

Unsurpassable Worth

We recently had some friends come to our youth group and share an incredible story they’ve been telling. A few years ago they started an organization called Povertees. They make cool t-shirts with pockets they sew on them–then they use the funds from the shirts to help and assist people living on the streets of downtown LA. They’ve been at it a few years now, and they are still making shirts, but there is more going on than just sewing pockets. As their story shares, they believe in ‘life sewn together.’  It wasn’t just about making a shirt or even helping people; instead, it became about hanging out with their friends in LA. They made shirts so their friends could eat; they raised money so opportunities could be created for their friends. This group became about loving people not because they were a project or even because Jesus would love them. Rather, they made trips to LA and created t-shirts because they began living life together. And that is beautiful.

Continue reading…