Covenant Renewal: Spiritual Practice 3 – Develop a Personal, Conversational Relationship with God

As we continue our journey toward Covenant Renewal Sunday, this week’s spiritual practice is “Develop a Personal, Conversational Relationship with God.” Some people might read this and think, “Ah…Christianity Light.” It’s true that some people talk about a personal relationship with Christ in a way that privatizes their faith and avoids the costly discipleship of…Read more »

Covenant Renewal: Spiritual Practice 2 – Gather with God’s People Weekly for Worship

This week’s spiritual practice for building up the body is “Gather with God’s People Weekly for Worship.” Let’s take that statement apart. First, we gather. One meaning of the Greek word for “church” is “gathering.” In other words, coming together and being together is fundamental to what it means to be church. Ultimately, this understanding of church…Read more »

Covenant Renewal: Spiritual Practice 1 – Meet God Daily in the Scriptures

December 4 will be Covenant Renewal Sunday at BRC. Our theme for that day and the weeks leading up to it is “Building up the Body.” Each week we’re inviting people to reflect on one of Nine Spiritual Practices that the Scriptures tell us are important for the functioning of a growing, healthy “body,” or what the…Read more »

No Offense

A line from this morning’s gospel reading: “Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” So why would anyone take offense at Jesus? Frankly, I can think of a number of reasons. Here’s a couple of them. In this instance the “someone” is John the Baptist. He’s pining away in Herod’s dungeon, no doubt wondering why Jesus hasn’t done…Read more »