Ponderings…

Prompted by, or discovered in preparation of, sermons presented at MTS…
In the spirit of Ephesians 4:12 (“…to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ”), how might these words shape us as we seek to be a Community of Care that Transforms Lives Through Jesus Christ?
Moonshot: What Barth, Tillich, and Tozer Thought of the Space Age (07/17/19)
Douglas Estes reviews a Christianity Today article from 1958 and comments on it's relevance today on the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonshot. In 1958, A.W. Tozer said that age of fear, Christians often examined the headlines with a microscope, but that was the wrong instrument. “To understand our world we must get out our telescopes to see the big picture of what God is doing.”
This is just one of the gems for pondering that you'll find in this article.
Beauty in Exile (07/07/19)
Don't let the fact that this video is 45-minutes, or that it's a lecture, dissuade you from experiencing this articulate presentation by Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary, as he lays out two paradigms of Christian living: people seeking the Promised Land, or people living beautifully in Exile.
A Conversation with Artist Makoto Fujimura on Beauty, Mission, and Culture Care (07/07/19)
Fujimura is a Christian artist who brings a fresh voice to the quest for open hearts and open hands. “Culture care is to see our world not as a battle zone in which we’re all vying for limited resources, but to see the world of abundant possibilities and promise.”
Be sure and check out the video on his website (Nihonga - Slow Art) that further describes his perspective on beauty and God's character.
Staying on Mission in the Age of Outrage (06/27/19)
How do Christians respond in a Christ-honoring way to a world awash in division and hostility? — a blog post by Ed Stetzer on Christianity Today Online
Searching for Home: A Church of Migrants in Paris (06/17/2019)
a blog post by Pastor Matt Ingles reflecting on his encounter with the ministry of At Home, a church of migrants in Paris.
If You Want to Change Your City, Get Off Church Property (06/09/2019)
a blog interview with Dr. Rober Valci, founder of CityServe of the Tri-Valley
The Holy Spirit in the Church (06/02/2019)
an essay by Tom Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Stunned by the Holy Spirit (06/02/2019)
a blog post by blogger Jennie Pollock