The church emphasizes Lent as a time of penitence and self-reflection because it has inherited from John the conviction that perceiving the in-breaking of the kingdom in the midst of the ordinary is foundational to its proclamation of the gospel.
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Like Mary, we have been called to be fertile, to be a church from which the Spirit brings forth much fruitfulness and life, says the professor of preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary.
After helping a woman step back from the brink of suicide, a pastor realizes that it was his own journey in grief that had prepared him to offer her the path to redemption.
What wild, unexpected seeds might you be holding in your hands? In the parable of the sower, the planter flings seeds everywhere, without regard for where they land. What kinds of ministry spring up when Christians pursue innovative ideas, however unlikely they may be?
All of us remember when the church was more important and influential, and those days are probably not coming back. And as the journey of Abraham and Isaac reminds us, that has consequences for how we live out our calling, says the pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Little Rock.