How to helpfully respond to suffering - Vince Brackett

Overly-simplistic or overly-certain interpretations of why some headline tragedy or horror occurred hurt people. In Luke 13, Jesus responds to two tragic headlines of his day with humanity and with solidarity shown to those most affected by the suffering. Vince unpacks what we can learn from Jesus here both in terms of how we respond to others’ suffering, and how we respond to our own suffering.

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If God is a servant, then "serving God" isn't what we think - Vince Brackett

Does the encouragement to “serve God” from the Jesus and Biblical tradition mean we’re meant to approach God like the servants from Downton Abbey approaching the Crawley family? It seems not, according to the picture the Gospel of Luke that paints about “serving God”. According to Jesus, God is himself a servant, so, in some way, to serve God is to let God serve us…

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James 5: Comfort In Injustice, Patience In Suffering - Vince Brackett

When the writers of the Bible referred to “The Coming of the Lord” or “the Judgment at the end of time”, it was not a threat (“shape up, or you’ll be left behind by God!”), it was a word of comfort and promise: The injustices and senseless sufferings of your life and your world are NOT lost on God! He sees! He takes notice! And he will, in the end, right every wrong and wipe every tear from every eye. Vince takes us to the comforting words of James, the brother of Jesus.

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James 4-5: Autopilot doesn't just suck; it's unjust - Vince Brackett

People of privilege (like Vince: a white, straight, middle-class American male) need to be rattled to see that societal autopilot doesn’t just lead to the existential angst of “a meaningless life”, but, beyond that, it is a life and death matter for many! The New Testament book of James offers that needed rattling, and Vince leads us in asking how we can pursue our biggest values, even if that leaves us rattled.

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Summer Tips for your Prayer Life (This Summer's Vision, Pt 3) - Vince Brackett & Kyle Hanawalt

Vince wants to rescue prayer from the “obligation zone” in people’s brains and put it in its right place in the “rest zone” in people’s brains. He shares from his own life a number of prayers that help him, and then Kyle shares why prayer is the key ingredient to this summer’s vision for BLV on being a “community of care”.

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