As helpful and important as the imagery of God the Father is, what we too often miss is the imagery of God the Mother — just as illuminating of the character of Jesus and the God of the Bible. To mark Mother's Day this year and to learn more about the mothering character of God, various women in the BLV community offered us reflections on their mothers or on motherhood.
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Wrapping up our annual Christmas Carols service, Kyle leads us in a reflection on how to let Jesus' incarnation affect and guide us, on stories from the life of St. Nicholas, and even on the mythology of Santa.
Is there a better image to describe our current cultural moment with the public exposure of so much sexual abuse than "Light coming into Darkness"? That's the image Jesus and the Ancient Jewish prophet Isaiah used to describe God. Vince, Michelle, and Keziah lead us to consider how Confession can help us participate in this.
This Sunday was a special service. A time set aside to talk about and process and engage something all people experience but that can be hard to talk about and process and engage - grief and sorrow. A time set aside to remember Loved ones lost by people in our community.
The question "What are you about?" is posed to us more often than we might think. What if that doesn't have to feel overwhelming? What if we all have within us a unique set of values that God wants to help us discover, so we can be driven by those values, instead of reactive to anxiety? We want that to be true of our church!
Maybe the definition of following Jesus in any city or neighborhood (whether Nakuru, Kenya or the Brown Line area in Chicago) is bringing life to that city or neighborhood by disrupting harmful, cynical, disconnecting status quo structures with love, acceptance, and care for the most vulnerable.
Jesus' oft-visited topic "the Kingdom of God" carries with it an invitation into an amazing sense of life purpose, if we're up for participating. And, thankfully, participation can look lots of different ways.
Big & small commitments that can seriously expand your life (week 1)