Resurrection Reflections is a three part series written by Summit Church members during the 2011 Easter Season. In part 1 of the series Eric Stortz, Director of Equip at the Summit Church, reflects on why the resurrection is such amazing news for humanity.
It is easy to read the Parable of the Prodigal Son and come away with a very bad parenting strategy for rebellious children. Some might read the parable and think, "If God the Father gives his child everything he asked for (Luke 15:12), then should I too?"
Summit's counseling pastor, Brad Hambrick, reflects on Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: "But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realize what it will be like when He does...."
This post is meant to offer guidance to common "what now" questions that could emerge from Pastor JD's sermon on Luke 11 and 18 preached at The Summit Church, the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd, 2011.
We watch as this nameless lady with a "discharge of blood" comes to Jesus. The crowd was thick enough that she had to "contaminate" many people with her own "uncleanness" as she struggled to get close enough to touch him.
In Luke 1:5-25 Elizabeth and Zechariah deal with infertility. Actually, we only see the end of their struggle. As Zechariah said (foot heading into mouth), "I'm old and my wife is REALLY old (v.7)." For a couple that had lived a long life mutually honoring God (v. 6), this pain was not new.
This is a difficult question. Unfortunately, it is also a common question. It is a question that, even when pressing, most try to avoid. But when we avoid the question, the person who gets hurt most is the person who has been betrayed.
The Summit staff just finished reading "When Helping Hurts," which is a book that JD has recommended recently on his blog.
Below is a great interview with the Summit's church planting pastor Curt Alan:
We asked the Summit Staff Team to dish a few good reads they would recommend to everyone and got a great response. One we'd like to share comes from Summit Elder David Baber.
Pastor J.D.’s Blog
Theological and pastoral thoughts from Pastor J.D.
Counseling resources from Pastor of Counseling Brad Hambrick.